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Jack Douglas ...
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Joan Sims ...
Dr. Janis Crunbitt
David Lodge ...
Peter Butterworth ...
Lost Property Attendant
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Irma Klein
Vivienne Johnson ...
Freda Filey
Norman Chappell ...
Ambulance Driver
Brian Osborne ...
Harry
Johnny Briggs ...
Norman
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Carry On Laughing: The Case Of The Coughing Parrot (TV) (Alan Tarrant, 1975) **1/2
7 December 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Third and last of the 'Lord Peter Flimsy' detective spoof entries in the "Carry On" TV series: this has an archaeology backdrop involving the theft of jewels belonging to the mummy of the Pharaoh Ram-it-up-em (the episode's single best joke, which is then repeated incessantly throughout). Making an ideal team are Jack Douglas as Flimsy and Kenneth Connor as his servant/sidekick Punter, while David Lodge is the flustered Inspector on the case; Joan Sims has fun with her role of the archaeologist and Peter Butterworth has a bit as an employer of the Post Office detailed with the "Lost & Found" department.

The episode has a very convoluted plot in which it manages to balance interior and exterior scenes (with the latter being perennially shrouded in thick fog); the villainess of the piece turns out to be Sims' young assistant under whose guise an aristocratic lady thief hides. By the way, the title is a reference to that particular bird's reaction to poison – as explained by Connor at the climax…after which he's pecked by the bird and, while believing himself doomed, immediately starts to cough!


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