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Tales of the Riverbank

JOHNNY MORRIS was on hand with his repertoire of two animal voices for this highly suspect real animal story. Film of Hammy the Hamster, a rat, possibly a mouse (we couldn’t tell) had various unlikely adventures. For a river-dwelling hamster, Hammy was well sorted – he had a jeep, a speedboat, and even a drumkit (top cruelty guaranteed with drumsticks glued on to its little paws) plus trusty retainers Roderick the Rat and Hammy the Hamster. In supporting parts was Tarantinoesque posse Mrs Duck, Mrs Hen, Mr Weasel, Mr Guinea Pig, and Mr Squirrel. Numerous revivals down the years, all involving small animals nailed to plastic toy vehicles.

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