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The Best of Benny Hill (1974)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 23 May 1974 (UK)
A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is ... See full summary »

Director:

John Robins

Writer:

Benny Hill (script)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benny Hill ... Self - Host / Various (archive footage)
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Interviewer ('Words of Comfort') / Marie Quaint
Eira Heath Eira Heath ... Charlotte Fudge / Various
Henry McGee Henry McGee ... Self / Rodney Fairchild / Customs Agent / Various
Nicholas Parsons ... The Phantom Prowler / Mask Boutique Staffer / King Charles / Various
Bob Todd ... Various Roles
Andree Melly ... Interviewer ('The Grass Is Greener') (as Andrée Melly)
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Various Roles
Lesley Goldie Lesley Goldie ... Various Roles (as Leslie Goldie)
Jackie Wright Jackie Wright ... Various Roles (as Jack Wright)
Connie Georges Connie Georges ... Various Roles
Nicole Shelby Nicole Shelby ... Bubble Gum Girl / Various
Penny Meredith Penny Meredith ... Adjudicating Panel Member / Various
Michael Sharvell-Martin Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Lower Tidmarsh Hospital Doctor / Rev. Peter Wilby / Various
Jan Butlin Jan Butlin ... Various Roles
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A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is more along the lines of Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973) than of And Now for Something Completely Different (1971). Written by W.B.

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This film was culled from nine of the first eleven editions of The Benny Hill Show (1969) that were produced and directed by John Robins (none of the sketches from shows produced by others within its first four years on Thames Television were included in this compilation). The programs in question originally aired on 19 November 1969, 25 December 1969, 4 February 1970, 11 March 1970, 28 October 1970, 27 January 1971 (the only black-and-white show to have a sketch featured), 24 March 1971, 23 February 1972 and 22 March 1972. In addition, the version of "Yakety Sax" as heard in this film originated from the close of the 27 December 1973 telecast (also produced and directed by Robins). See more »

Connections

References Crossroads (1964) See more »

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Me And My Shadow
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Written by Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson and Billy Rose
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Good old Benny Hill
23 February 2014 | by MaziunSee all my reviews

I can't say I'm a big fan of Benny Hill. I do however like him and his sense of humor. There's a big difference between Benny Hill and Adam Sandler. Both don't use sophisticated humor , yet Hill never was so vulgar like Sandler. His comedy was always lighthearted , cartoonish in style , but always enjoyable. In some ways he continued humor that was evident in silent era movies. Benny Hill was a classic comedian and I doubt that even the most stuck up person haven't laughed at least once at one of Hill's jokes.

What we have here isn't really a movie , but more of a collection of jokes from "The Benny Hill show". It's similar to Monty Python's "And now for something completely different". There is no plot here , just longer or shorter jokes. The whole movie is short ( not even 1 hour 30 minutes) and fast paced.

I'm not quite short is this is really the best of. The level of the jokes is uneven. Some jokes are rather unfunny and boring – The musical in boutique , the Chinese guy at airport , boring song "Garden of love" , "Passengers of love" , The life of Maurice Dribbe… The jokes also have tendency to repeat themselves . I mean how many times does Hill dress up as woman here ?

Thankfully most of the jokes are good. Some even are brilliant – parody of TV commercials , parody of interview with French movie director , training in the gym , evening with Tommy Tupper or the hospital bit.

For every fan of Benny Hill it's a must see. Those who are mildly interested in Hill or just looking for good comedy should check it out too. I give it 7/10.


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