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REALLY, REALLY shitcom with the ubiquitous failiure ENN REITEL (cf MOG – no, don’t) as a bird-crazy fool in an entirely silent series (see also CANNED LAUGHTER). No fucking use at all.



  1. George White

    September 25, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Initially shot in L.A. despite being a UK production, hence the appearances of the likes of Bill Erwin and Robert Davi.

  2. Richardpd

    September 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Enn Reitel seemed to have an odd career path, at one time making the shortlist for Del-boy among the iffy sitcoms like this. He eventually found a niche doing voice-overs & the odd on-screen appearance, like the picky Tramp in one episode of One Foot In The Grave who didn’t like Victor’s Noel Edmonds patterned sweater.

  3. George White

    September 26, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    He’s now a regular in US cartoons like Family Guy and such, with the odd live action role. He was one of tons of Hollywood-based Commonwealthers to appear in the Prestige.

  4. Tom Ronson

    March 31, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Did Enn Reitel spit in your mouth or something? Leave the poor fella alone, he does alright.

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