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Make Mine Mink (1960)

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Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Major Albert Rayne
Athene Seyler ...
Dame Beatrice Appleby
Hattie Jacques ...
Nanette Parry
Elspeth Duxbury ...
Elizabeth Pinkie Pinkerton
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Lily
Jack Hedley ...
Jim Benham
Raymond Huntley ...
Inspector Pape
Irene Handl ...
Madame Spolinski
Sydney Tafler ...
Lionel Spanager
Joan Heal ...
Dora Spanager
Penny Morrell ...
Gertrude
Freddie Frinton ...
Drunk
Michael Balfour ...
Rowson's Butler
Noel Purcell ...
Burglar
Kenneth Williams ...
Hon. Freddie Warrington
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Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find new reasons to live ... until their housekeeper (Billie Whitelaw), an ex-con is suspected of the robberies. Written by Ed Lorusso <elorusso@techreps.com>

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10 February 1961 (Finland)  »

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Ein Nerz an der Angel  »

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(1964) (re-release)

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Film was the basis for the 1971 musical "70, Girls, 70", which ran for 35 performances on Broadway and starred Mildred Natwick. Music and lyrics were by John Kander and Fred Ebb. See more »

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Lionel Spanager: [Speaking to his wife concerning his "barmy" mother-in-law] Why don't you put her to sleep?
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Spoofs The Third Man (1949) See more »

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A League of Extraordinary Women
8 February 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I liked this. I suggest you reserve it for a time when you want something that isn't much work in viewing (which means that 1960 is about the latest you can consider).

The structure is a familiar one: we watch a bunch of actors portraying unlikely characters who themselves play unlikely characters precisely as far away. The joke of course is in the overlap, and the competence of the first contrasted with the incompetence of the second. Its all about coats and appropriation.

There's an interesting performer here, one I haven't seen before. She plays a painfully reserved spinster who's occupation is mending broken china. Her character, Pinkie, is immensely inept and most of the polished humor (this was a successful stage play) is hers. We are introduced to her when the silly major breaks in on her bath because she has extended into his time.

This is moments after having the first long segment of the movie linger on the sexy, pretty maid. And we see a naked skinny old maid in the bath. The major is retired from his duty as commander of "portable baths."

That's the attention to detail you'll find in how this humor is constructed.

Anyway, Pinkie (with the wonderful name of Elspeth Duxbury) only lived a few years after this. Too bad.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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