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Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)

The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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Steve Roberts

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Vivian Stanshall (screenplay), Steve Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Sir Henry Rawlinson
Patrick Magee ... Reverend Slodden
Denise Coffey Denise Coffey ... Mrs. E.
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Old Scrotum
Harry Fowler ... Buller Bullethead
Sheila Reid ... Lady Florrie Rawlinson
Vivian Stanshall Vivian Stanshall ... Hubert Rawlinson / Narrator
Suzanne Danielle ... Candice Rawlinson
Daniel Gerroll ... Ralph Rawlinson
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Lord Tarquin of Staines
Liz Smith ... Lady Phillipa of Staines
Jeremy Child ... Peregrine Maynard
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Porcelain
Gary Waldhorn ... Max
Simon Jones ... Joachim
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The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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The German prisoners attempt to disguise themselves as angel-dog sculptures. When practicing posing as statues, a comment is made, "A little more Rossetti with the paws". This could be a reference to Dante Gabriel Rossetti (a nineteenth century British painter) or to Antonio Rossetti (a nineteenth century Italian sculptor), though the former is the more likely candidate. See more »

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Florrie: [playing cards] My dear Henry, if dirty fingers were trumps, what a splendid hand you'd have.
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Gums ..................... Himself See more »

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References Zulu (1964) See more »

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Socks
Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
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The Last Great English Comedy
14 June 2003 | by mikeydredSee all my reviews

This was described as "The Last Great English Comedy" ,and I'd followed it through the initial ten minute monologue on the Bonzo's Album "Let's Make Up" through the John Peel broadcasts, to the album (still available on CD and well worth tracking down) , it's follow up "Sir Henry at NDidi's Kraal", I believe there was a book but I missed out on this.

Filmed in low quality sepia it's like watching something from an age gone by (which it now is), full of great characters (Sir Henry , Old Scrotum <the wrinkled retainer> , etc) and great one liners , "I don't know what I want , but I want it now!!".

It features a plethora of "English" actors, and was Trevor Howard's last film, and also has Gary Waldhorn (Vicar of Dibley).

Viv Stanshall was involved with the pre Monty Python "Do Not Adjust Your Set" and the film also features Denise Coffey from DNAYS.

Highly recommended, because you will not have seen anything like this, and won't see anything like it again. I't comedy captures an essential Englishness , almost like a skewed "Darling Buds of May", but if you're want to try something different this is it. Hopefully they'll scrunb it up, put it on DVD with some extra's like John Peel's excellent "Diamond Gezzer" feature on the late , lamented, genius that was Viv Stanshall


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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