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The Great McGonagall (1974)

 -  Biography | Comedy  -  1974 (UK)
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William Topaz McGonagall, the world's greateset poet. Unfortunately the whole of the rest of the world disagreed. His talent made him a sort of Victorian Chris Evans but without the cash.

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Credited cast:
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William McGonagall
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Julia Foster ...
Mrs. McGonagall
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Mr. Giles / MacDuff / Hercules Paint / British Soldier / Policeman / McLain / Sheriff / Judge
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Mr. Stewart / Second-Lieutenant Rotlo / Supposed John Brown / Gentleman / Revolutionary / Cardinal / Policeman
Valentine Dyall ...
Army Sergeant / Lord Tennyson / Doctor / Native Messenger / Policeman / Fop
Julian Chagrin ...
Prince Albert / Rev. Gilfillan / Publican / Balmoral Policeman / Stagehand / Ruffian / Mr Stewart's Assistant / British Soldier / Fop
Clifton Jones ...
King Theebaw / Policeman / Clerk of the Court / Mr Stewart's Assistant / Zulu Chief / Ruffian / Fop
Charlie Young Atom ...
Postman / Policeman / Sleeper in the Snow / Theatre Announcer / Drinker (as Charlie Atom)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luie Caballero ...
Man with parrot
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The tale of an unemployed Scotsman, William McGonagall whose ambition was to become England's Poet Laureate. One minor drawback is that his poetry is terrible. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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1974 (UK)  »

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El gran McGonagall  »

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The title is a reference to the character played by W.C. Fields in The Old Fashioned Way (1934). See more »

Quotes

William McGonagall: But for my age I too would have joined your army.
Queen Victoria: Oh come now, Mr McGonagall. You're only 45.
William McGonagall: Aye, that's my age but I do not...
Queen Victoria: Oh come now, join up. Join up and travel to distant and exotic places. Meet interesting and exciting people, and then kill them.
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McGonagall Theme
Written by Spike Milligan
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This film should be restored, and have A US DVD release NOW
19 February 2006 | by (Long Island, New york) – See all my reviews

This film is totally hilarious. The film is a loose adaptation of the life of William "Topaz" Mcgonagall, said to be the worst poet circa 1890. Milligan is excellent, playing the role with great determination. Spinetti is hilarious in at least 5 different roles. McGrath uses guerrilla filming tactics in his direction, sort of similar to his earlier film "The Magic Christian" also with Sellers, and Milligan. Peter Sellers pulls a sort of "Mouse that Roared" revival, this time playing the role of Queen Victoria. The VHS copy that I own is at least 25 years old. Hopefully Anchor Bay, Crtierion, or some other company will take note of the value of this film, and give it the release that it deserves.


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