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The Last Goon Show of All (1972)



Credited cast:
Ray Ellington ...
Himself / The Red Bladder
Max Geldray ...
Harry Secombe ...
Himself / Neddie Seagoon
Andrew Timothy ...


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10 May 1972 (UK)  »

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The Last Goon Show  »

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This show was recorded at The Camden Theatre, in North London, the same location as hosted many of the original BBC radio Goon Shows in the 1950s. The building is still there today, as is the pub opposite to where the cast would slip out during the musical breaks for "a spot of the old brandy". See more »


Neddie Seagoon: What were you doing up my trouser leg?
Bluebottle: A man has to do what he has to do.
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After the closing titles, Spike Milligan shouts "Now get out!" at the audience. See more »

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The end of innocence
24 September 2002 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

Now that all the Goons (including Bentine) are finally gone, some appreciation of the Goon Show's central place in twentieth century humour can be made. From its fertile loins sprang the Python series and movies, the exasperatingly uneven but lunatic 'Q' series, and even The Goodies. Goonery was a gentle humour of punning, semantics, mind imagery and class satire. No archetype of English life was left spared, from the military to officious doormen, spinsters, cads, upper-class homosexuals and wandering minstrels. All this was done with a deft mixture of mimicry, inspired lunacy and sometimes groan-inducing music hall clangers. There were no swear words, violent images (except of course for Bluebottle being regularly 'deaded' at the end of each episode, much like South Park's Kenny) or intellectual pretensions, and no need. To listen to the Goons now is to be transported back to a world of ration cards, London bomb sites and dusty vaudeville halls beginning with the immortal words of Wallis Greenslade - "This is the BBC". To listen is also to recapture a certain innocence, never to be seen again. I have often thought of Spike Milligan as the James Joyce of 20th century humour. His recent death filled me with as much sadness as the death of a relative. Vale, the Goons

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