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That Riviera Touch (1966)

| Comedy | June 1968 (USA)
It's a great film and you could write a thesis about why two working class lads from the North of England share the money - Eric wins it, Ernie takes it - but that's showbusiness.

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Complete credited cast:
Eric Morecambe ...
Eric Simpson
Ernie Wise ...
Ernest Clark
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Claudette
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Le Pirate
Armand Mestral ...
Inspector Duval
Gerald Lawson ...
Coco
George Eugeniou ...
Marcel
George Pastell ...
Ali
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Girl at Roulette Table
Nicole Shelby ...
Woman in Casino
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Mauron
Francis Matthews ...
Hotel Manager
Michael Forrest ...
Pierre
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After a mix-up with a member of the Royal Family, traffic wardens Eric and Ernie decide to take a holiday to the South Of France. However, when they arrive there, they find themselves caught up in the plot of Le Pirate who has stolen a collection of valuable jewels and plans to use Eric and Ernie to smuggle the collection out of France. He lures them to an old villa filled with traps and uses Claudette, another member of the gang, to keep Eric and Ernie busy. However, other jewel thieves are after the jewels and Eric continues to find their bodies in the villa just before it disappears. However, while they fight over the love of Claudette, Eric and Ernie begin to wonder just what is going on, and begin to investigate. As to Claudette, whose side is she on...? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Trivia

They flew outbound with British United Airlines. See more »

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The camera casts a shadow over the girl in the black-and-white bikini as it pans across to follow her passing Eric and Ern's changing huts at the beach. See more »

Quotes

Eric Simpson: [Indicating the wine] This is *definitely* stronger than the stuff we get at home!
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Featured in Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story: Episode #1.1 (2013) See more »

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Now That You're Here
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Music by Ron Goodwin
Lyrics by Sidney Green and Richard Hills
Performed by Ernie Wise
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Eric and Ernie flee the realm
18 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The English comedy team of Morecambe&Wise made only a few film appearances and never even tried to break into the American market as did their contemporaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Having seen clips of their television work I can say that after watching That Riviera Touch they were strangely subdued for this film.

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise play a pair of traffic enforcement officers who decide to take an immediate holiday after ticketing Queen Elizabeth's own illegally parked vehicle. I guess that's one of the real perks of royalty.

When they get to the Riviera scheming Susanne Lloyd figures these two not too bright Englishmen are the perfect pigeons to hide and transport some stolen jewels. She's working for gang and another gang is also interested in the swag. Not to mention the authorities.

They convince Eric and Ernie to stay in a special villa that has trap doors and secret passages and tap water spigots that if turned the right way will kill you. A perfect place for a pair of tourist yokels.

The final scene with Eric on water skis and Ernie trying to rescue him is pretty funny and well executed. Still the film overall is not as good as some of the television material I've seen.

It's a good introduction though for American fans.


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