Sir Guy Grand adopts homeless bum Youngman to be heir to his obscene wealth, and immediately begins bringing him into the intricacies of the family business, which is to prey upon people's greed by use of the vast holdings of the Grand empire. They leave no stone unturned as sporting events, restaurants, art galleries, and traditional pheasant hunts turn into lurid displays of bad manners and profiteering. Things climax at the social event of the season, the inaugural voyage of the new pleasure cruiser The Magic Christian.
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The world's richest man and the world's poorest boy are getting it ready now...and everybody, everywhere, will be a little worse off for it.
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Did You Know?
Youngman (Sir Ringo Starr) wasn't in the original book. The part was written especially for him, with many of Guy's early exploits adapted as Youngman's. See more
When the flock of birds flies into the air at the grouse shoot, the hand of the person releasing them is visible at the bottom of the screen. See more
Ah! My Second World War Nazi atrocity book came at last.
[turns to Youngman, dog in her lap, and browses the book
Do you know what Bitsy and I do? We sit down and imagine all those atrocities being done to sex criminals. - Yes, sex criminals and the like. And that Dr Thorndike!
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE
What's that, Ginge? Bill Thorndike a sexy criminal?
The man you sent me to. He behaved VERY strangely.
The shorter version - largely altered for U.S. television - omits the scene where Guy & Youngman Grand fill a vat with manure, urine, blood, and then cash, to see who will jump in to collect it. See more
Referenced in Laugh-In: Episode #3.23
Music by Norbert Schultze
English lyrics by Tommie Connor
Performed by Peter Sellers
and Ringo Starr See more