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The Stanley Baxter Picture Show: Part III (1975)

The sketches start with radio presenter Julie Hawn announcing that there are some advertising parodies on the TV. Film Fright is presented by Patrick Moon where we see excerpts from movies ... See full summary »

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Stanley Baxter ...
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The sketches start with radio presenter Julie Hawn announcing that there are some advertising parodies on the TV. Film Fright is presented by Patrick Moon where we see excerpts from movies such as In Which We Starve, Reveille Never Came and Towering Quake 75. Joan Babelite introduces Faith to Faith and there is another episode of Police 3 1/2. There is a musical tribute to politicians and then an attempt by the BBC to show 'cheery' news. Los Paranoics entertain us and the mafia party give you an offer you can't refuse with a party political broadcast. Finally, Vicki Lustre stars in Born to Bitch. Written by jem

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"I've heard of carrying the can, but this is ridiculous!"
30 October 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Legendary Scottish comedian Stanley Baxter made five lavish comedy spectaculars for L.W.T. in the '70's, of which this was the third.

It begins with Baxter's radio announcer - 'Julie Hawn' - introducing several spoof commercials ( including clever parodies of the Milk Tray and P.G. Tips 'Mr.Shifter' ads ). Then we move onto classic sketches such as 'Towering Quake 75', a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of The Mafia, 'Police 3 And A Half' ( with Baxter impersonating Shaw Taylor ), and 'Los Paranoics', a Latin-American singing group whose membership has mysteriously expanded to include the Scottish broadcaster Fyffe Robertson.

Some items go on a bit too long, most notably 'Faith To Faith', but there's no denying the fact that Baxter is a brilliant impersonator and every penny of the budget is up on screen. The obligatory Hollywood musical pastiche here is 'Born To Bitch', with Baxter as 'Vicki Lustre' ( based on 'Vicki Lester' - the Judy Garland character from 'A Star Is Born' )'. The music, choreography and sets are spot on. Even if you do not like old musicals ( and I don't ) you will be impressed.

On the down side, there are a number of racist jokes no-one would dare make now, and the scene where Baxter ( in drag ) moves to attack Denise Coffey's pigtailed little girl with a bread knife is surprisingly graphic for a comedy show.

Even so, a tremendous piece of entertainment.


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