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Down Among the Z Men (1952)

 -  Comedy  -  October 1952 (UK)
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The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Graham Stark ...
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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Also Known As:

Stand Easy  »

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Down Among the Z Men
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Jordan
Lyrics by James Douglas (i.e. Jimmy Grafton)
Performed by Carole Carr, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe
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Disappointing waste of major talent
18 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of the Goons ever since I was a kid (I used to listen to them late at night on the local college radio station) I was surprised and delighted to find this DVD at the checkout counter of a local drug store (for only a dollar!). I suppose I have to be honest and say I was disappointed by the movie, but not by the opportunity to see it. Harry Secombe is the star and seems to be trying to imitate Curly from the Three Stooges (right down to a direct steal when he tries to read the label of a record while it's still playing). Secombe never came off well in his few starring vehicles (although he seemed to shine in Dickens --- he was great in OLIVER and made an excellent Pickwick in a musical TV adaptation of THE PICKWICK PAPERS). Michael Bentine also gets a lot of screen time as the batty professor, but struck me as more bizarre than funny. Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers were totally wasted. Sellers of course went on to great things, but Milligan, surely one of the funniest men who ever lived (and the single greatest creative force behind the Goons) fared no better in films than Secombe. The mistaken identity chase scene at the end provides a few laughs, but that's about the high point. All in all if you're a Goon fan you have to watch this, you really have no choice, but don't expect to like it.


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