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The Best of Benny Hill (1974)

 |  Comedy  |  23 May 1974 (UK)
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A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host / Various (archive footage)
Patricia Hayes ...
Interviewer ('Words of Comfort') / Marie Quaint
Eira Heath ...
Charlotte Fudge / Various
Henry McGee ...
Himself / Rodney Fairchild / Customs Agent / Various
Nicholas Parsons ...
The Phantom Prowler / Mask Boutique Staffer / King Charles / Various
Bob Todd ...
Various Roles
Andree Melly ...
Interviewer ('The Grass Is Greener') (as Andrée Melly)
Rita Webb ...
Various Roles
Lesley Goldie ...
Various Roles (as Leslie Goldie)
Jackie Wright ...
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Connie Georges ...
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Nicole Shelby ...
Bubble Gum Girl / Various
Penny Meredith ...
Adjudicating Panel Member / Various
Michael Sharvell-Martin ...
Lower Tidmarsh Hospital Doctor / Rev. Peter Wilby / Various
Jan Butlin ...
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A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is more along the lines of Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973) than of And Now for Something Completely Different (1971). Written by W.B.

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Among the cast listed in the credits, 'David Prowse', Arthur Hewlett, Rona Newton-John, Tom Sye, Freddie Wiles, Tessa Scopes and Pamela Beckman were not credited on any of the editions of The Benny Hill Show (1969) on which they originally appeared. Ken Sedd, credited in the film as 'Ted Senton', did not receive screen credit on the program until 1976. See more »

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History Book of Music
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Perhaps Not The Best
11 March 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Benny Hill is Britain`s greatest ever TV comedian but this TVM compilation of his television show isn`t perhaps the best tribute . My complaint isn`t so much with what`s included but more with what`s not . For example what about the oft used sight gag of someone doing an intricate martial arts move only to have Benny pull out a gun and shoot them ? ( Indiana Jones does the same gag in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ), or the legendary " Flashdance " where a bunch of flashers do a dance routine with raincoats ? What about the classic sketch of a man with a goose stuck down his trousers that keeps sticking its head out of his flies ? And how can you miss out send ups of WORLD OF SPORT or SALE OF THE CENTURY ? I guess the send ups are missing because this film has its eyes on an American/ international market and no one outside of Britain would know about the shows getting the Hill treatment.

Anyway let`s concentrate on what we did get .... A hilarious chatshow spoof called TUPPERTIME where chatshow host Tommy Tupper invites Britain`s oldest man , a footballing Vicar , a pipe smoking hellraising actor and a drunken singer onto his show with shocking results . Steve Coogan made a career out of the same idea . And we get to see Mr Chinaman arrive at immigration to be greeted by Bob Todd`s Indian immigration officer : " Why you broody repleat evelything ? You got clopped eels ? I`ll give you broody clumbs " . And of course we get Hill`s angels in various states of ( Un)dress

Entertaining enough but not too representive of the comic genius of Benny Hill


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