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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 David Kernan ... Troubadour
Nora Swinburne ... The Mistress Of The Bed Chamber - lady-in-waiting
Godfrey Winn Godfrey Winn ... The 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Aston receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Lurkalot is reciting the final part of the movies opening prologue]
Lurkalot: And so they made me a serf, a servant. And they named me Lurklalot. Because I do.
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Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd (2000) 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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Woeful comedy just about works if you're in a forgiving mood
3 March 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

This follow up to the filmed version of UP POMPEII sees the Frankie Howerd character (now named 'Lurkalot') transplanted to the medieval era, where he contends with chastity belts, scheming villains, the Crusades and a certain band of forest-dwelling Merry Men.

In other words, it's an excuse for more of the same, with Howerd making regular asides to the viewer and the comedy resembling a particularly smutty and diabolical entry in the CARRY ON series. The first thing that's noticeable is the paucity of the budget, which makes the film look even cheaper than the average episode of DOCTOR WHO and about on the same level as a school play.

The script is also shambolic, little more than a linked string of tired sketches that usually involve half-dressed women used as window dressing. Saying that, the cast is far better than you'd imagine, perhaps giving an inkling of the state of the British film industry during this era. Graham Crowden is delightful as the permanently sozzled Sir Coward de Custard, series regulars Lance Percival and Bill Fraser give it their best, and there are bit parts for Dave Prowse, Christopher Timothy, Frank Thornton, Sam Kydd and Roy Hudd. Watch out for a cameoing Eartha Kitt (on a sabbatical from Hollywood) and scene-stealing Hugh Paddick as the campest Robin Hood you ever will see.


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