'The Night We Got The Bird' turned up on Channel 4 one afternoon a few years ago. Never having seen it before, I tuned in. It was hysterical! Brian Rix plays a nervous young man who marries Dora Bryan, formerly engaged to a disreputable antiques dealer played by Ronald Shiner, who'd died after being chased by the gangsters to whom he owed money. Brian and Dora's wedding night is disrupted by the presence of a caged bird which, little do they know, is the reincarnation of Shiner! This bizarre story was partly scripted by legendary farce specialist Ray Cooney, and as you'd expect contains plenty of good lines and amusing situations. I burst out laughing when Irene Handl purchased a toilet seat made to look like a valuable antique mirror. The supporting cast are great too, amongst them Leo Franklyn, Liz Fraser, and of course the magnificent Irene Handl. Why this film isn't better known is a mystery. The same production team also made the army comedy 'The Night We Dropped A Clanger', with Rix playing dual roles.
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