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The Intelligence Men (1965)

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Morecambe ...
Ernie Wise ...
Ernie Sage
William Franklyn ...
Colonel Grant
April Olrich ...
Madame Petrovna
Gloria Paul ...
Gina Carlotti
Richard Vernon ...
Sir Edward Seabrook
David Lodge ...
Stage Manager
Jacqueline Jones ...
Karin
Terence Alexander ...
Reed
Francis Matthews ...
Thomas
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Prozoroff
Brian Oulton ...
Laundry Basket Man
Michael Peake ...
Sinister Stranger
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Philippe
Tutte Lemkow ...
Seedy Schlecht Agent
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A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead Major Cavendish who had managed to infiltrate the dreaded organization; he knows that they are intending to assassinate someone - could it be the famous Russian ballerina who has recently arrived for an appearance at Covent Garden? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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1 January 1968 (Denmark)  »

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Spylarks  »

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Two of the Military Intelligence operatives in the communications room are named as Green and Hills, a nod to the writers Sidney Green and Richard Hills. Sid and Dick are also the duo during Eric's espresso bar singing scene. See more »

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During the cinema scene the position of the dead Schlect agent changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Eric Morecambe: [on seeing that Phillipe, who is sitting next to him, has just collapsed into his soup after being poisoned] Waiter!
Ernie Sage: Yes?
Eric Morecambe: I have a complaint to make.
Ernie Sage: What?
Eric Morecambe: There's a dead man in this soup.
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Featured in Morecambe & Wise: In Their Own Words (2008) See more »

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Danse Espagnol
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Philip Green
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Woeful! But the opening credits were great.
7 August 2013 | by (stockholm, sweden) – See all my reviews

I suppose I was expecting the M&W I knew so well from their television programmes, particularly their infamous Christmas specials. This film was not remotely in that class. Eric, normally a very funny man, just tries too hard to get a laugh here - he comes across as desperate to be funny and it doesn't work. A pedestrian effort that is unworthy of two very fine comedians. A top-notch cast is basically wasted in a film that looks fairly cheap, despite an attempt at lavish costume designs in the "Swan Lake" performance. Having said that, though, I did like the opening credits! Whilst not exactly a Saul Bass effort, the music and images did manage to convey a sense that the movie would be concerned with the illusory world of Bondish-like international espionage and intrigue. And wasn't that a photo of the very beautiful Suzy Kendall at the end of those credits? I think so. Her photograph was possibly the best part about the whole Picture.


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