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Not Only But Always (2004)

This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's ... See full summary »

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... Peter Cook
... Dudley Moore
... Wendy Snowden
... Judy Huxtable
Daphne Cheung ... Lin Chong
... Jonathan Miller
Louise Wallace ... Sparkly Top Woman
... Alan Bennett
... Eleanor Bron
... Proctor
... Mr. Boylett
... Violin Girl
Brett O'Gorman ... David Frost
... Dawn
Derek Payne ... Audience Member
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This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's West End through their rise to stardom which won them accolades but forced a wedge between them. Written by Anonymous

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Many who knew the real Peter Cook and Dudley Moore objected to the way their long partnership was depicted in this heavily-fictionalized TV movie. Alan Bennett pointed out with considerable acerbity that Dudley Moore, far from being victimized by his university peers because of his working-class origins, was, in fact, enormously envied by them, partly because he was already a success in show business whilst still an undergraduate, and more especially because of his phenomenally active sex-life. See more »

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The front sleeve design of the first Derek and Clive album, "Derek and Clive Live", was rendered in scribbled handwriting, not type-written as this film portrays it. See more »

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Wendy Snowden: Everything happens for a purpose. Go with the flow.
Peter Cook: I've enjoyed the plughole immensely. I can't wait for the drain.
Wendy Snowden: It's really weird that this has happened when it has. I'm pregnant.
Dudley Moore: I think that was the U-bend, Pete.
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References Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? (1986) See more »

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Superb central performance
30 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

After a slightly shaky start this dramatisation of the life of Peter Cook, centring on his relationship with his sometime comic partner Dudley Moore, became thoroughly engrossing. Credit must go to Rhys Ifans, an actor who I previously only knew as the irritating Welsh hippie type in Notting Hill, who caught the look, voice and mannerisms of Peter Cook perfectly. Aidan McArdle was also excellent as Dudley Moore, an amiable type who was put through hell by the self-loathing Cook. Terry Johnson's script was also very good; although some telescoping of incidents occurred, this can be excused in the name of dramatic license. In all an interesting look at a man with undoubted intelligence and talent who always wanted something more but was never sure what it was he was looking for.


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