Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Then there's the gold-digger nurse and the gonad-grabber detective and a host of other wonderful characters. Written by
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Did You Know?
When Joe Orton
's original play was first staged in 1967, it was subjected to many alterations by order of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, the theatrical censorship body of the day (soon to be abolished). Several lines were cut or rewritten, and the censors also insisted that the dead body of "Mrs. McLeavy", who is never seen alive in the play, should be represented by a dummy rather than an actress - an odd request, as using a dummy would have been standard anyway, and, indeed, several productions of the play have avoided actually showing the body at all. When this film was made, the adapters took great pleasure in restoring all the deleted or altered lines, without exception - and "Mrs. McLeavy", as a special credit announces at the end of the film, was played by actress June Marlow
, the ex-wife of Spike Milligan
. See more
When the hearse that Dennis is driving goes out of control because its brakes have failed, and the other vehicles in the funeral procession accelerate to keep up, they lurch round several corners. Skid marks from previous takes are visible on each corner. See more
Nurse Fay McMahon
[to Mr McLeavy
You've been a widower for several hours now. Have you considered a second marriage?
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Hey, Hey, Hey
Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by The Keith Mansfield Orchestra
Sung by Steve Ellis See more