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The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn (1956)

A pair of detectives from Scotland Yard are assigned to look into the disappearance of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, a ninth-century artifact, from the Metropolitan Museum.


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Peter Sellers ... Narrator / Supt. Quilt / Asst. Commissioner Sir Jervis Fruit / Henry Crun
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Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Mr. Nodule / Mr.Crimp / Maurice Ponke
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A pair of detectives from Scotland Yard are assigned to look into the disappearance of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, a ninth-century artifact, from the Metropolitan Museum.

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Filmed in the wonder of Schizophrenoscope (the new Split Screen)


Short | Comedy | Thriller


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Release Date:

January 1956 (UK) See more »

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Marlborough Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Dick Emery. See more »


Maurice Plonk: My name is Maurice Plonk, and I live in a little log cabin in Piccadilly. Last night I left a burning cigarette by my bedside and the whole place was burny down. And the night before last, my fire insurance ran out and we did not get a penny. My, how we did laugh when we heard about it.
Narrator: Mr Plonk has nothing to do with our story. We thought you'd like to see what a real idiot looked like.
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Crazy Credits

At the ending of the film, instead of finishing with The End, it finishes with End The, but with individual letters reversed. This then reverts to The End. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release omits most of the opening credits and the horn artwork, as well as the hyphen in the title. See more »

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17 May 2000 | by mgmaxSee all my reviews

I'm not going to say it'll be easy, but if you enjoy British comedy at all you must find this film on tape, somewhere. In just under half an hour it packs in as many gleefully absurd laughs as anybody-- Pythons included-- ever got into even a full-length movie. Absolutely the best showcase for the hot-and-cool (in a McLuhanesque sense) team of Spike milligan and Peter Sellers-- Milligan working the corny old gags like a classic vaudevillian, and Sellers off in another dimension of brilliance entirely. (Good example: Sellers' languidly decadent police commissioner, lying on his chaise with cigarette holder in hand and demanding action from his force with all the masculine authority of Oscar Wilde getting a rubdown.)

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