Ladies Who Do: Whilst financier, James Ryder, discusses a potential take-over deal, he is unaware that Mrs. Cragg, his cleaning lady, is busy polishing the floor beneath his desk. After Ryder leaves, Mrs Cragg retrieves an un-smoked cigar from the wastepaper bin, wraps it in a crumpled telegram, and takes it for her next cleaning client, Colonel Whitforth. The Colonel gladly accepts the cigar, but is even more excited by the contents of the telegram, which allow him to make a cool 5,000 on the stock market! But when the city financiers decide to redevelop the cleaners' houses, they soon find out that the 'ladies who do'.The Boy Who Stole A Million: Paco, a 12-year-old boy working in a Valencia bank as a runner, decides to 'borrow' money from the bank in order to pay the repair bill on his father's taxicab. But a bank clerk soon realises that the bank has been robbed and Paco finds himself being chased all over town by the police and local villains.The Battle of the Sexes: Angela Barrows is a man-eating businesswoman sent to investigate export opportunities in Edinburgh. En route she meets Robert MacPherson who wants to bring his company into the 20th century. The staff have other ideas though and a comic battle between the old and new business methods soon breaks out.
Peter Sellers's third go-around as the prideful but bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau in The Return of the Pink Panther is funny enough, but this 1975 Blake Edwards revival of the Sellers-Clouseau connection is a little weak in comparison to predecessors The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark (both made in 1964). Co-star Christopher Plummer actually gets some of the most interesting screen time as a retired cat burglar whom Clouseau accuses of getting back into the business. (If it sounds like there might be a To Catch a Thief vibe mixed in here, you're right.) Herbert Lom is hilarious as Clouseau's psychologically eroding boss, and Clouseau's ritualistic collisions with valet Cato (Burt Kwouk) are great examples of Edwards' delicious comic timing. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Stanley Kubric's classic black comedy about a group of war-eager military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse is both funny and frightening, and seems as relevant today as ever. Through a series of military and political accidents, two psychotic generals, U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chief of Staff Buck Turgidson (George C Scott), trigger an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russias strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The brains behind the scheme belong to Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientists who has bizarre ideas about mans future. The President (also Sellers) is helpless to stop the bombers, as is Captain Mandrake (Sellers once again). Dr. Strangelove is truly a brilliant film classic.
Fifteen year old Fiona Fullerton heads an all star British cast in this double BAFTA winning musical comedy - widely regarded as the most lavish and most faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy Novel. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagantly lush British spectacle which brings Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winningcinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Ladykillers director Alexander Mackendrick's third Ealing farce is the final comedy produced by the famous British studio and one of its most celebrated. Like the equally applauded Kind Hearts And Coronets the film is more sophisticated and blacker in tone than typically lighthearted Ealing fare (such as Mackendrick's Whiskey Galore!). Alec Guinness stars as the superbly shifty toothily threatening Professor Marcus the leader of a crime ring planning a heist. Marcus rents rooms from a sweet eccentric old lady Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) in her crooked London house. The professor and his co-conspirators blowhard Major Courtney (Cecil Parker) creepily suave Louis (Herbert Lom) chubby Harry (Peter Sellers) and muscleman One-Round (Danny Green) pose as an unlikely string quartet using the rooms for rehearsal. Dodging Mrs. Wilberforce's constant interruptions the hoods hit upon the idea to use her in the daring daylight robbery (filmed in and around London's King's Cross station). When the old girl discovers the truth Marcus and company cannot persuade her to stay buttoned up about it and thus decide to do her in. Accompanied by a noirish cacophony of screeching trains parrots and little old ladies at afternoon tea a series of unlikely events builds to the hilarious surprising finale.
In 1944 a group of POW's are working to build trenches along the French coast in preparation from the impending D-Day attacks. But when an unexpected aerial attack arrives they are forced to seek shelter deep inside a Blockhouse - a giant underground storage facility packed with frontline supplies and hidden Nazi treasures. When the heavy bombardment causes the entrance walls to collapse the seven men are trapped within and forced deeper into the vast underground chamber.
Wrong Arm Of The Law Peter Sellers stars as gang-leader Pearly Gates who has a double life as Monsieur Jules the manager of a fashion house. The criminal world of London is being reduced to chaos by an Australian 'IPO mob' who acting on information provided by Gates' girlfriend Valerie (Nanette Newman) impersonate police officers and take the spoils of the true criminals after the crime has been safely committed. The crimes are relatively victimless involving jewellery thefts from the rich or robbery from institutions such as banks and post offices. Gates is instrumental in getting a deal between organised crime and Scotland Yard. Never Let Go A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure. Waltz Of The Toreadors The immortal Peter Sellers is hilarious as a pompous retired general who still has a taste for the ladies in French playwright Jean Anouilh's philosophical farce. A lusty comedy of manners 'Waltz of the Toreadors' tempers its treatment of an old rake's delusions with generous dollops of wit and compassion. Soft Beds Hard Battles Peter Sellers plays six different characters in this hilarious sexploitation comedy. A renowned Paris brothel has turned into an active centre for the French Resistance. The girls assist the Allied war effort by attracting and eliminating the enemy amongst its clientele in the bedroom...
Hoffnung: based on the wonderful works of Gerald Hoffnung. Using Hoffnung's original drawings with the music of Francis Chagrin these cartoons are a perfect way to introduce children to classical music. Ruddigore: the 1st animated work based on Gilbert & Sullivan the voices come from the world famous D'oyle carte opera co. with music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He's a poet... But no-one would know it! William Topaz McGonagall (Milligan) is an unemployed Scottish weaver who decides to devote his life to poetry. Falling in love with Queen Victoria (here played by Peter Sellers) he donates his major poetic works to her and despite many rejections dreams of one day becoming Poet Laureate...
A Day at the Beach is one of Roman Polanski's forgotten gems which was previously thought lost. It received a low key theatrical push on its release due to the murder of Polanski's wife and the desire not to cash in on Polanski's name being involved with the lurid Manson murders. The story is a hauntingly accurate and bleak look at alcoholism in which Bernie (Mark Burns) takes his daughter Winnie (Beatie Edney) out for a day at the beach. Peter Sellers co-stars as a gay stall owner in one of his most inventive roles.
Long Lost Comedy Classics is a collection of films from a golden age of British Cinema remembered for timeless stars and some unique movies that have stood the test of time. So why not take a trip down memory lane and see how cinema used to be? The Love Match (1955) (Dir. David Paltenghi): After being arrested for assaulting a football referee desperate train driver Bill raids the railwaymen's holiday fund to cover his fine. Now he has to get the money back by hook or by crook! Make Me An Offer (1955) (Dir. Cyril Frankel): A struggling antiques dealer finds the answer to his financial problems when he stumbles across a precious vase - but needs to pull out every trick in the book to win his prize! Orders Are Orders (1954) (Dir. David Paltenghi): A sleepy army barracks is about to be overrun by a film company shooting a science fiction caper - much to the annoyance of the Divisional Commander who decides to make a surprise inspection. Time Gentlemen Please (1952) (Dir. Lewis Gilbert): The PM is planning a celebration visit to the model village of Little Hayhoe. However local lay-about Dan Dance refuses to work so he's shipped off to the local almshouse where he awaits an uncertain yet very funny future. John And Julie (1955) (Dir. William Fairchild): This timeless film records the adventures of two young children who runaway to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953 meeting various English eccentrics along the way. Miss Robin Hood (1952) (Dir. John Guillermin): A newspaper columnist conspires with an elderly fan to steal a secret whiskey formula from a wealthy distiller. However it's not long before Scotland Yard is on the case!
Author Anthony Hope's classic tale is given the Peter Sellers treatment in The Prisoner Of Zenda.
Peter Sellers stars as Chance a dapper mentally deficient gardener who has spent his entire life in the home of a rich recluse. He has learned of the outside world only through television and speaks in minimal easy-to-digest sound bites. When Chance steps out into the world for the first time though his idle sayings are interpreted as philosophical wisdom by a wealthy industrialist and soon after swallowed whole by the American public to the point where Chance becomes a media celebrity...
Never Let Go: John Cummings (Richard Todd) is one of life's near failures. A toiletry salesman he buys a flash car he cannot afford to insure. When it is stolen by a gang running a car theft racket he vows to retrieve it whatever the cost - hi job his family and his dignity. He begins to delve into a sinister criminal underworld with potentially lethal consequences. The stark British thriller features Sellers in his first dramatic role as Cummings' nemesis a gangland villain. Soft Beds Hard Battles Peter Sellers plays six different characters in this hilarious sexploitation comedy. A renowned Paris brothel has turned into an active centre for the French Resistance. The girls assist the Allied war effort by attracting and eliminating the enemy amongst its clientele in the bedroom... The Wrong Arm Of The Law Sellers stars as gang-leader Pearly Gates who has a double life as Monsieur Jules the manager of a fashion house. The criminal world of London is being reduced to chaos by an Australian 'IPO mob' who acting on information provided by Gates' girlfriend Valerie (Nanette Newman) impersonate police officers and take the spoils of the true criminals after the crime has been safely committed. The crimes are relatively victimless involving jewellery thefts from the rich or robbery from institutions such as banks and post offices. Gates is instrumental in getting a deal between organised crime and Scotland Yard.
With the centennial of the invention of Motion Pictures comes a program with all the laughs that can be crammed into 100 minutes of non-stop merriment. Journey on a rip-roaring trip through the world of cinema comedy with the funniest moments in the history of Hollywood from the slapstick of the silents through the screwball comedies of the 1930s and '40s to the hi-jinks of Hollywood's most recent comedies. All the great movie comics are here from the great comic actors of the past to the laughmakers of today. Here are profiles of favorite comedy stars plus revealing looks at some of the 'forgotton' comics of the silent and talkie era. From past greats such as Laurel & Hardy The Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton through to modern day stars as Eddie Murphy Leslie Nielsen and Jim Carrey. Enjoy rare early movie comedy behind the scenes footage foreign film fun mockumentaries musical comedies and the unintentional hilarity of movies like Reefer Madness. 100 stars provide hundreds of laughs for a century's worth of a fun-filled film feast. This is one comedy kaleidoscope you'll watch again and again!
This box set contains four titles: Charade: Regina's husband is murdered and his money goes missing. A number of searchers come forward to find the money and end up dead. A classic whodunnit. The Millionairess: A spoilt wealthy heiress is able to buy anything she wants. She falls in love with an Indian doctor who foils all her attempts to buy him. At War With The Army: Set in World War II this side-splitting comedy launched Hollywood's most successful partnership. The Road To Bali: Two song-and-dance men get work as divers which takes them to an idyllic tropical island. There they discover priceless jewels and a beautiful princess.
Two valuable early Peter Sellers performances rescued from obscurity and restored by the BFI National Archive. Penny Points to Paradise sees all the Goons beside the seaside in a cheap and cheerful comic escapade climaxing in a Brighton waxworks. Shot around the same time Lets Go Crazy is a madcap selection of variety turns with memorable performances from Spike Milligan and Sellers in multiple roles. Both films provide an important insight into British comedy history and specifically chart the beginnings of Sellers' rise to stardom. A must-have for all Goons fans.
This man wants to be... your doctor? This hospital comedy is a tale of greed ignorance and corruption amongst the medical profession. Peter Sellers stars the Dr. Albert T. Hopfnagel a crooked doctor who is talented in the arts of bill-padding and unnecessary surgery. Mistrusted by patients and resented by other staffers his assistant (and lover!) Alice seeks revenge for one plot too many and when a perfectly fit construction worker has a kidney unnecessarily removed she spies her opportunity to make him pay for all his personal and professional infidelities. In cahoots with the city hospital administrator she frames Hopfnagel for professional misconduct and has him thrown out of the hospital only for him to sneak back as a patient!
Hoffman is an odd cross between There's a Girl in My Soup and The Collector and is clearly one of the few film projects Peter Sellers took seriously enough to work hard on, rather than one of the many he breezed through on a talent for funny voices and unleashed chaos. The set-up is that secretary Miss Smith (Sinead Cusack) is blackmailed by meek, middle-aged Mr Hoffman (Sellers) into spending a week of domesticity with him in his flat, while she tells her fiance (Jeremy "Boba Fett" Bulloch) that she's with her gran in Scarborough. At first, the tone is creepy as Cusack dreads the terrors of sharing a bed with Sellers and he mutters darkly about an absent wife in terms that recall Crippen and the brides-in-the-bath murderer, but it becomes more poignant as both characters learn to see each other as people. The worst Sellers does in bed is snore loudly, while the unattainably glamorous young woman suffers from minor ailments like a bruised heel and night-time constipation, and the at-first simple relationship between them deepens as the girl comes to understand the half-life Hoffman has been leading. The script gives Sellers a lot of funny business, acid lines and whimsical turns, but he plays Hoffman as a repressed soul half-ashamed of his attempts to be funny, telling genuinely good jokes as if he expects no one will laugh. Cusack, more interesting than the expected dolly bird, keeps up with her co-star, and almost makes the strangely upbeat last reel believable. On the DVD: Hoffman comes to disc in a nice widescreen print. Otherwise, nada. The film is also available as part of the four-disc Peter Sellers Collection.--Kim Newman
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