Eddie in August (1970)

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A half-hour silent film, starring Benny Hill in a tale of unrequited love.

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Eddie
Nicole Shelby ...
Kathy
Douglas Hill ...
Roger
Jill Easter ...
Flo
George Roderick ...
Garbage Collector in Park
Tommy Godfrey ...
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Connie Georges ...
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A half-hour silent film, starring Benny Hill in a tale of unrequited love.

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This one-off special was the end result of a pledge by Thames Television to allow Benny Hill to direct such a program, as part of their successful bid to lure him away from the BBC. However, although well-received, relatively lackluster ratings coupled with behind-the-scenes problems with the technicians' union also made this Hill's directorial swan song, and he would confine himself to hour-long comedy-variety specials for the balance of his run with Thames. See more »

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Surprisingly touching
15 February 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Sometimes great comedians slip and let us catch a glimpse of their melancholy side: think, first of all, Chaplin, the greatest of them all, or Louis de Funes' 'La soupe aux choux'. If we thought of this short film of Benny's as being in the vein of his regular efforts, it may very much surprise us. As he has been so extensively implied in the making of this film, it probably had something of a confession. Despite some of his recurring jokes, it's not at all hilarious or bawdy. Even the nostalgic music says it clearly, there is no trace of Yakety Sax or banjos, so the tone is definitely sad. This is a somehow raw, yet touching little film about loneliness, the last thing one would expect from Benny Hill. Perspective is so important to judge on things, thus we can tell the same story in a comedic way or in a tragic way. What's actually funny in slipping on a banana peel and falling, or in getting the ugly girl, or no girl at all? Here for once he tells us bluntly: nothing. 'Comedy is acting optimistic' (Robin Williams).


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