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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 »

Director:

Bob Kellett

Writers:

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

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 ... 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 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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chastity Belt See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Madeline Smith was offered a major role, but had to pass because of a dates clash with a stage tour. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sir Coward: [Spotting Knotweed among the Merry Men] You're not one of them are you?
Lurkalot: If he's not, he soon will be!
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Connections

Spun-off from Up Pompeii! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fun medieval nonsense - NOT to be taken seriously!
23 November 2005 | by adaruSee all my reviews

Those who remember fondly Frankie Howerd's take on Roman society in 'Up Pompeii' will probably enjoy this bizarre comedy featuring, we presume, Lurkio's descendant, the serf Lurkalot (who does).

The plot is a little contrived, it must be said, and involves twin princes, separated at birth, finding themselves at opposite ends of the social spectrum: one a king, the other a peasant. There's something about the Holy Land, the Crusades and the key to the titular chastity belt - but really the plot is only an excuse for a relentless barrage of gags.

It could be said fairly that much of the content and certainly many of the jokes would probably not be considered appropriate if this film were being made today. But of course, it is important to remember that it is not being made today - it was made quite a long time ago, and attitudes were rather different then. As the title should suggest, much of the subject matter revolves around sex, although it is generally handled fairly innocently in comparison to modern movies, and those able to sit through any of the 'Carry On' films without taking offence should have no trouble with this. For example, the entertainingly camp portrayal of a certain green-clad, forest-dwelling folk hero is positively tame compared to many of the stereotypes and caricatures regularly presented on modern British TV.

In short, those who are able to endure such terrible political incorrectness will find Howerd in fine form, with a supporting cast all hamming it up good and proper in what is essentially a pantomime on film. Definitely worth a look, if you think you dare risk letting yourself laugh at it...


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