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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 Jones (as The Goons)
Michael Bentine ...
Prof. Osrick Purehart (as The Goons)
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Pte. Eccles (as The Goons)
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Colonel Bloodnok (as The Goons)
Carole Carr ...
Carole Gayley (as The Goons)
Twelve Toppers ...
Dancers (as Leslie Roberts Twelve Toppers)
Clifford Stanton ...
Stanton
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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 ...
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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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It is unclear why Peter Sellers character is credited as Colonel Bloodnok, when he was always a Major in "The Goons" radio show. See more »

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Opening credits; E.J. Fancey Productions have the misfortune to inflict. 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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Historical Interest
15 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although poor by today's standards it should be noted that this movie is the first time all the major characters of the Goon Show had worked together on screen. They had not yet worked out which routines worked well in radio but not in a movie. They would do better in subsequent efforts. It helps if the viewer knows something of the Goon Show radio series and, perhaps, has seen the TV series too. Making the transition from a radio program, where the listener's imagination supplies the scenery, to a television or film style is always difficult. The film has its moments, especially the chorus girl's dance routines and a flash-of-brilliance preview of Peter Seller's exceptional talent as he makes fun of an American general and his Staff Seargent under siege by the Germans. It's also apparent why Michael Bentine did not last long as a star although Jerry Lewis must have used this as a training film.


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