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Romance with a Double Bass (1975)

A bassist shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess, and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same, unbeknownst to the bass player, ... See full summary »

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Robert Young

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Anton Chekhov (short story "Roman s kontrabasom"), John Cleese (screen adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Cleese ... Musician Smychkov
Connie Booth ... Princess Costanza
Graham Crowden ... Count Alexei
Desmond Jones Desmond Jones ... Musician Razmakhaikin
Freddie Jones ... Maestro Lakeyich
Jonathan Lynn ... Leader of the Orchestra
Andrew Sachs ... Musician Zhuchkov
Dennis Ramsden Dennis Ramsden ... Prince Bibulov
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Moffatt ... Majordomo
Terry Nelson Terry Nelson ... Thief
Kathie O'Donoghue Kathie O'Donoghue ... Princess's maid
June Whitfield ... Prince Bibulov's wife
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A bassist shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess, and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same, unbeknownst to the bass player, but when someone steals their clothes, the bass player helps the princess to preserve her dignity by transporting her back to the castle in his bass case, and along the way they discover they have feelings for each other. Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Romanze mit einem Kontrabaß See more »

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Anton Films See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Quotes

Musician Smychkov: I'm an artist, sir, not a fish monger!
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Version of La contrebasse (1964) See more »

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Cleese in short-ish film reminiscent of M. Python
27 February 2011 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

SO... John Cleese in a movie I had never heard of... had to order it from amazon and check it out. It's one of three films in a J Cleese collection, along with How to Irritate People and The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It. Pretty durn short, at 40 minutes. He is the musician who has been hired to play at the wedding of the Princess (Connie Booth). The interesting tidbit here is that they would work together on MANY projects, and were married from 1968 - 1978. Back to the story... when they are swimming near each other in a river, someone absconds with their clothes, and when they try to return to the event, adventures ensue. A little slow moving, but I appreciated the fact that they didn't try to fill every moment with banter. I'd rather have less talking than too much. Fun bit... feels like a really long Monty Python skit. Pulls it off well, even without the rest of the Pythons. Nudity. Rear on him, frontal on her. Cleese and Booth would go on to make "Fawlty Towers" together.


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