4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Has some fun moments.
xfile1971 from Northbrook, IL, USA
24 April 2004
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.
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