The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When ... See full summary »
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Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight... See full summary »
This early Seventies British comedy takes us through seven short stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins. This film is a montage of different styles, from Spike Milligan's mainly silent "... See full summary »
Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »
The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When Sir Hector takes to his deathbed (where he remains for the duration of the film), Beau absconds with the stone, to keep it from his stepmother. Flavia pursues him to North Africa, dispensing sexual favors to promote her schemes. Written by
The picture in one sequence features actor-comedian Marty Feldman edited and superimposed into black-and-white footage featuring Gary Cooper in the earlier Hollywood classic Beau Geste (1939). This movie did this several years before this editing technique was popularized during the 1980s in such films as Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) and Carl Reiner's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). Moreover, in another sequence, a black-and-white silent film character rides on a horse into the color world of this movie, performing such a comic gimmick eight years before Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) had a movie star from the 1930s do something similar. See more »
When the soldiers are singing as they make their way to the fort, the mouth movements are out of sync with the song being sung. See more »
Marty Feldman directed and stars in this satire of adventure movies of the 1930s, yet his cheerfully lewd sense of humor can be felt in the screenplay as well (he's only given a story credit, though some of the sex jokes seem to have come straight from his warped mind). Adopted twin brothers, heirs to the fortune of the ailing Sir Hector Geste, compete with their lascivious stepmother over ownership of a priceless sapphire, leading to a showdown in North Africa. Feldman uses his googly-eyed craziness for all its worth, though he is generous with the other players, particularly a winking, naughty Ann-Margret and a bemused Henry Gibson. The humor, though no more raunchy than a "Benny Hill" sketch, is a bit embarrassing however; Feldman is from the old school of British comedians, and he hammers home tired schoolboy gags as if they were uproarious (one joke, involving the opening of dual locks on a safe, seemed to get the biggest laughs, though the sniggering staging here is merely juvenile). Feldman's pacing and comic rhythm are quite fine, but prudish viewers need not apply. ** from ****
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