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Down Among the Z Men (1952)

The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines.

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Harry Secombe ...
Harry Jones
Michael Bentine ...
Prof. Osrick Purehart
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Carole Carr ...
Carole Gayley
Twelve Toppers ...
Dancers (as Leslie Roberts' Twelve Toppers)
Clifford Stanton ...
Stanton
Robert Cawdron ...
Sergeant Bullshine
Andrew Timothy ...
Captain Evans
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Spider
Russ Allen
Elizabeth Kearns ...
Girl in Shop
Miriam Karlin ...
Woman in Shop
Sidney Vivian ...
Landlord
Howell Evans
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Professor Pure Heart absentmindedly loses the top secret formula in Harry Jones' Grocery Shop. "Bats of the Yard", as Harry calls himself, finds it and proudly attempts to return it to the Professor. Written by ICMagent

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First feature of Miriam Karlin. See more »

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Featured in Climb Up the Wall (1960) See more »

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If This Is Love
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Music by Jack Jordan
Lyrics by James Douglas (i.e. Jimmy Grafton)
Performed by Carole Carr
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What a waste of talent
9 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DOWN AMONG THE Z MEN is a vehicle for the then-popular GOON SHOW team. I should admit that I know nothing of the Goons although I am familiar with the cast members due to their later performances in lots of other fare. In any case, DOWN AMONG THE Z MEN is a very cheap production let down by a very poor script that goes for lame, puerile humour throughout and wastes a cast that is fantastic in anybody's book.

There is a semblance of a story of sorts in the tale of a mad professor who loses a top secret scientific formula and the attempts that ensue to retrieve it. Michael Bentine plays said professor in the most over the top way imaginable and his acting would be considered overdone in a pantomime. The other cast members include Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, and the delightful Spike Milligan, but their surreal humour and tired jokes are groan-worthy rather than funny and the film is a real chore to sit through.


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