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Intelligence Men, The

Eric and Ernie’s (here as “Ernie Sage”, ho-ho) first cinematic venture, made before they sealed their legend status at the Beeb, has a few good bits (the corpse mess-up, Swan Lake, the judo) but, as usual, too much stilted explanatory dialogue. The cast list’s a good’un, tho’ – William ‘Schhh’ Franklyn, Richard ‘Slarti’ Vernon, Terence ‘Bergerac’ Alexander, Johnny ‘Mike Baldwin and Me’ Briggs, Peter “a dooooooooooooomesday shrooooooooooooooud” Bull, Warren Mitchell and, in the lift, Marianne Stone.

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2 Comments

  1. Sidney Balmoral James

    May 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    The Morecambe and Wise films are not up to much overall, but this is by a considerable margin the funniest and probably my favourite film when I was about twelve – I would repeat bits of Eric’s patter endlessly. ‘North of the border, down Southampton Way’, ‘Thank you Mr. Doodoo’ etc.

    • THX 1139

      May 2, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      That Riviera Touch is generally thought of as their best, and I did like it as a kid, like you did with this. The Magnificent Two is just strange (the lighter side of Third World coups!).

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