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The Passionate Pilgrim (1984)

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Filmed on location at Hever Castle in Kent. This short film comedy is set in medieval times and features the rivalry between Eric Morecambe's Lord and Tom Baker's Knight over the affections... See full summary »

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Eric Morecambe ...
Lord Eric
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Sir Tom
Madeline Smith ...
Damsel
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Filmed on location at Hever Castle in Kent. This short film comedy is set in medieval times and features the rivalry between Eric Morecambe's Lord and Tom Baker's Knight over the affections of the gorgeous Madeline Smith. There is very little dialogue between the characters as most of the dialogue is narrated by an unseen John Le Mesurier. Written by <timbishopgb@excite.com>

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The Passionate Pilgrim is a unique British Comedy featuring four of the UK's best loved actors.
24 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Passionate Pilgrim is a unique British Comedy featuring four of the UK's best loved actors.

Set in medieval times, based on one of William Shakespeare's poems of the same name, the film has an unusual format. The three stars on screen- Eric Morecambe, Tom Baker and Madelaine Smith have almost no dialogue. The comedy of their antics is set off by an engaging choice of classical music, performed by the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, and John Le Mesurier's narration in the style of a children's play.

As Lord Eric, Morecambe is courting the Lady Madelaine - a wealthy heiress. He has a rival in the form of Sir Tom (Baker) who, armed with a copy of 'The Good Knight Guide', is scouring England for 'The Silly Damsel'. His quest leads him to Lord Eric's castle where comic battle ensues.

One of Eric Morecambe's rare performances without Ernie Wise, The Passionate Pilgrim suggests a way his solo career might have developed. It was also his last film, completed just a few months before his untimely death. This makes the pleasure he and his fellow performers so evidently took in making it all the more poignant.

Running some 25 minutes, The Passionate Pilgrim is a little gem, which because of its innovative format, passes the test of time with flying colors.

If you are lucky enough to find a copy of this little masterpiece, you will not be disappointed. It is entertaining, highly likable, and best of all, very, very funny. It also has some great music.


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