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The Chastity Belt (1972)

Up the Chastity Belt (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 14 January 1972 (UK)
The Queen of England gives birth to twins. In order to protect the blood line one is kept and the other hidden in a pig sty and is raised to think it's mother is the pig. Lurkalot is the ... See full summary »


Bob Kellett


Sid Colin (screenplay), Ray Galton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ... Richard / Lurkalot
David Kernan ... Troubadour
Nora Swinburne ... The Mistress Of The Bed Chamber - Lady-In-Waiting
Godfrey Winn Godfrey Winn ... The Archbishop Of All England / Archbishop Of All England
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Sir Braggart de Bombast
Anna Quayle ... Lady Ashfodel
Graham Crowden ... Sir Coward de Custard
Anne Aston ... Lobelia
Billy Walker Billy Walker ... Chopper
Royce Mills ... Knotweed
Lally Bowers ... The Voice (voice)
Alec Pleon Alec Pleon ... Man-In-Stocks
Ian Trigger Ian Trigger ... Lucky Charm Seller
Ken Wynne ... First Man
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Little Man


The Queen of England gives birth to twins. In order to protect the blood line one is kept and the other hidden in a pig sty and is raised to think it's mother is the pig. Lurkalot is the one raised by pigs who doesn't know his past. He makes a good living as a servant, selling chastity belts on the side. When his master's castle is lost to Sir Braggart de Bombast, Lurkalot must fight to protect his daughter, eventually travelling to the missions to bring back his master. On the mission he uncovers that his twin is Richard the Lionheart and he is of Royal stock and must bring them both back. Written by Paul Hunter

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Frankie Howerd is the Funniest Knight of the Year!




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Did You Know?


As in all his films from the mid 1960s onwards, Frankie Howerd wore a toupee for filming due to a receding hairline. See more »


Songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley are listed in the closing credits as Alan Howard and Ken Blaikley. See more »


Knotweed: [to Sir Coward] This doesn't sound like you at all!
Lurkalot: [Leans closer to Sir Coward, and pulls a hookah from under the cloak] I thought so! He's been smoking this all the way home!
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Followed by Up the Front (1972) See more »


A Knight For My Nights
by Ken Howard (as Alan Howard) and Alan Blaikley (as Ken Blaikley)
Sung by Eartha Kitt
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up the chastity belt
25 March 2006 | by tristanmorellSee all my reviews

I think this film is better than Frankie howerds first outing as Lurkio in "Up pompeii". as classic as that film was this one beats it in my opinion. It is rather slow in parts but with excellent character performances by Rita Webb and Hugh paddick and of course Frankie camping it up as Lurkalot ("because I do!") the film is saved as a British classic. lots of setbound filming gives it a special magical feel. This film was cut down from an amazing 3 hour original and Frankie himself wasn't happy with the end result but it has become a classic. Lurkalot, the medieval surf, tries to save his master in a series of funny events only to find out he is in fact the twin brother of King john himself of England (played by..you guessed it! Frankie!) Eartha Kitt makes a purrrfect appearance and the best scene is stolen by Hugh paddick as the campest robin Hood to grace our screens ever, but when Rita webb turns up as maid Marion ("your reputation has spread far and wide...and thats not the only thing by the look of it!") the laughs really begin (as they say) see it once at least its a corny classic!

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