A team of inept undertakers attempt to get a coffin to a funeral on time.

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Eric Sykes is in charge of moving a coffin from a home to the church. The home is on the 26th floor of a skyscraper; the stairs are narrow; the lift is small and prone to stop working. Chaos ensues. Written by P.Tyler

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15 February 1988 (UK)  »

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Mr H. är försenad  »

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Has some fun moments.
24 April 2004 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this on a tape with another Eric Sykes short entitled "It's Your Move". That one was a dud from 1969. This 1988 TV short seemed sharper and had edgier humor.

Like many other Eric Sykes' projects, there is minimal dialogue in "Mr. H Is Late". It's often frustrating and it takes away an entire element with which to draw humor from. With a running time of under thirty minutes, however, there are enough silly situations going on to provide a fair serving of laughs.

A gentleman has died and a group of pallbearers are apparently carrying him around in a coffin. Of course, things don't go according to their plans and the coffin goes through quite an adventure on its way to the church for the funeral service. It contains both mildly saucy and macabre moments but it's all rather harmless fun.

Being from the UK, you know the humor is going to be a bit understated and dry. It doesn't compare to the belly laughs generated by some of the cynical and sarcastic American comedies which have been made. Overall, though, "Mr. H Is Late" has a certain undeniable British charm. 4/10


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