Year: 1970 Director: Kevin Billington
I remember wanting to see this when it came out only for it never to show up at my local Odeon on its 1970 release (those were the days!) Nor can I ever recall seeing it show up on any of the then three TV channels in the years in the next decade or so when I had a TV (Kids today! Don’t know they’re born, etc!)
Finally did get to see it on one of those old movie channels about six years back and finally got around to buying my own copy and rewatching again a couple of weeks ago.
While a critical and commercial bomb on its release, the film remains little more than a historical curio best known for apparently destroying Peter Cook’s career as a major movie star. While Cook never found another leading role to match his huge talent thereafter, it’s hard to see him going to Hollywood and doing any better than – say – Marty Feldman, whose career crashed and burned a few years later.
One reason for the film’s failure is undoubtedly the fact that it’s more a series of inter-linked sketches than a real coherent » Continue Reading.