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The Best of Benny Hill (1974)

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 ...
Various Roles (as Jack Wright)
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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This film was culled from nine of the first eleven editions of The Benny Hill Show (1969) that were produced and directed by John Robins (none of the sketches from shows produced by others within its first four years on Thames Television were included in this compilation). The programs in question originally aired on 19 November 1969, 25 December 1969, 4 February 1970, 11 March 1970, 28 October 1970, 27 January 1971 (the only black-and-white show to have a sketch featured), 24 March 1971, 23 February 1972 and 22 March 1972. In addition, the version of "Yakety Sax" as heard in this film originated from the close of the 27 December 1973 telecast (also produced and directed by Robins). See more »

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Edited from The Benny Hill Show: The European Song Contest (1969) See more »

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World Cup
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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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