Sir Guy Grand adopts homeless bum Youngman to be heir to his obscene wealth, and immediately begins bringing him into the intricacies of the family business, which is to prey upon people's greed by use of the vast holdings of the Grand empire. They leave no stone unturned as sporting events, restaurants, art galleries, and traditional pheasant hunts turn into lurid displays of bad manners and profiteering. Things climax at the social event of the season, the inaugural voyage of the new pleasure cruiser The Magic Christian. Written by
Ed Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto.
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Did You Know?
The role of Youngman Grand was originally offered to John Lennon
, who was tempted to perform the role but eventually had to decline due to legal difficulties related to his October, 1968 arrest for possession of marijuana. Lennon's Beatles band mate Ringo Starr
- who was hoping to pursue a career as an actor after having received favorable reviews for his performance in the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day's Night
(1964) - stepped into the role intended for Lennon. See more
In the "free money scene", Guy Grand accepts a delivery of "100 gallons of blood, 200 gallons of urine, 500 cubic feet of animal manure", but the tanker truck and the vat it fills hold many thousands of gallons. See more
Announcer on 'Magic Christian'
[as the 'Magic Christian' starts to sink
Go to B-Deck immediately! I repeat: Go to C-Deck immediately!
Referenced in Laugh-In: Episode #3.23
Mad About The Boy
By Noël Coward
Performed by Peter Sellers
(uncredited) See more