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Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | TV Movie February 1978
Pleasure At Her Majesty's (1976) The very first show in what came to be called the "Secret Policeman's Ball" series took place over three late nights in April 1976 at Her Majesty's Theatre ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Alan Bennett ... Various
John Bird John Bird ... Various
Eleanor Bron ... Various
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Various Characters
Graham Chapman ... Various
John Cleese ... Pet Shop Customer / The Pope / Various
Carol Cleveland ... Various
Peter Cook ... E.L. Wisty / Various
John Fortune ... Various
Graeme Garden ... Various
Terry Gilliam ... Various
Barry Humphries ... Edna Everage
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... Various
Des Jones Des Jones ... Various
Terry Jones ... Various
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Pleasure At Her Majesty's (1976) The very first show in what came to be called the "Secret Policeman's Ball" series took place over three late nights in April 1976 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. The show was instigated by John Cleese, who volunteered to "round up a few pals" to perform for Amnesty International's benefit. These pals transpired to be most of Monty Python, Beyond The Fringe and The Goodies (three of the U.K.'s most successful comedy ensembles) -- together with leading solo performers. It was a gathering of the British comedic tribes. Cleese titled the show "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)." The film documenting this comedy summit was titled Pleasure At Her Majesty's -- a wordplay on the formal British expression for imprisonment in which convicts are "detained at Her Majesty's pleasure."

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UK

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English

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February 1978 (USA) See more »

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Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe See more »

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Amnesty International See more »
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Mono
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This was the film version of the Amnesty International stage show "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)". See more »

Quotes

E.L. Wisty: They're not so rigorous, the mining exams, they only ask you one question. They say "who are you?" and I got 75% on that.
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Followed by The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) See more »

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Absolutely AMAZING!
12 April 2006 | by emrenehanSee all my reviews

This is THE best thing to happen in the history of all time! Being able to watch Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, and Jonathan Miller perform together is bloody amazing!

I am unfortunately too young to remember beyond the fringe and have never seen any footage of it as it was mostly all lost back in the 60's, but this DVD gave me the chance to see the 3 of them perform together, and even though Dudley Moore isn't there Terry Jones makes a GREAT replacement and the Shakespearean sketch works fabulously.

It was also great to see Barry Humphreys do his wonderful Edna Everidge performance before he became tainted by ally McBeal.

The only (and I mean ONLY) down side was Bill Oddie who I hate but I do love the funky Gibbon song and Tim Brooke Taylor and the one with the chuffs are fab so it balances itself out.

All in all this is a fabulous watch and well worth buying.


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