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The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn

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I probably should have posted this when the Monty Python reunion shows were in progress since the first time I saw it was as the support film for a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974.

The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn (1956) is one of the few film outings for The Goons, the radio-comedy troupe who famously influenced the Pythons and The Beatles. Joseph Sterling was the director. The 27-minute film features a diminished Goons cast: regulars Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, with Dick Emery replacing Harry Secombe; all three have multiple roles, as they did in the Goons, and Emery did later in his TV shows. It’s a cheap production but packed with silly sight gags, some of which draw attention to the film medium: no wonder the Pythons liked it. Most surprising of all is seeing Michael Deeley listed as producer; Deeley started out producing lowly fare such as this but went on to produce some very notable British films including The Man Who Fell to Earth and Blade Runner.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    If you get the Hard Days Night DVD you also get the Running Jumping and Standing Still film as one of the extras. Not surprising as Richard Lester directed both. Secombe is also missing from this one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd8zi5KuyJc

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Lester’s film is easily the better of the two shorts.

 


 

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