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Ying Tong Iddle I Po!

Rick Fielding 28 May 99 - 12:47 AM
Benjamin Bodhránaí 28 May 99 - 03:43 AM
Steve Parkes 28 May 99 - 03:46 AM
catspaw49 28 May 99 - 07:32 AM
AndyG 28 May 99 - 08:05 AM
Peter T. 28 May 99 - 09:00 AM
Rick Fielding 28 May 99 - 09:10 AM
Steve Parkes 28 May 99 - 09:34 AM
Peter T. 28 May 99 - 03:08 PM
Peter T. 28 May 99 - 04:30 PM
Peter T. 28 May 99 - 04:58 PM
Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin 29 May 99 - 04:29 AM
Rick Fielding 29 May 99 - 12:03 PM
Penny S. 29 May 99 - 03:05 PM
Lonesome EJ 29 May 99 - 06:05 PM
Lonesome EJ 29 May 99 - 10:46 PM
Mark Cohen 29 May 99 - 11:46 PM
Duckboots 30 May 99 - 12:01 AM
Riggy RACKIN 30 May 99 - 01:46 AM
Penny S. 30 May 99 - 04:07 AM
PJ Curtis, The Burren, Ireland 30 May 99 - 06:31 AM
Rick Fielding 30 May 99 - 12:36 PM
Mo 30 May 99 - 01:39 PM
Susanne (skw) 30 May 99 - 06:01 PM
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Will Fly 12 Jul 12 - 04:47 AM
John MacKenzie 12 Jul 12 - 05:30 AM
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Subject: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 28 May 99 - 12:47 AM

I fully realise that this thread will not have much in the way of mainstream interest, but after our instructional session tonight the incredibly brilliant and worldly Peter T. and I talked "Goon Show" stuff for half an hour! I'm in humour heaven! When I was about 7 years old the C.B.C. (Canadian Broadcorping Castration) ran a series of British comedy shows on the radio Saturday mornings, and since My Dad kept the radio on while he worked in his shop - And I busied myself with wooden sword making I got turned on to something, that along with baseball and music has been a driving force in my life. It took a while to understand the dialects, Brit references, and the off beat humour itself, but to this day I can quote long passages from Bluebottle, Bloodnock, Little Jim, and the rest of Spike Milligan's wonderful characters.
This led to an appreciation of the comedy recordings of Peter Sellers and the shows of Tony Hancock - surely two of the funniest and most tragic entertainers of our time.
But enough reminiscing, I actually have a question. Did any Mudcatter ever see the Goons live? What was it like?

P.S....Although I admit to being impressed by Heather's legs when I first met her, the fact that she did a very good Minnie Bannister sure didn't hurt!
Thanks
Rick


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Benjamin Bodhránaí
Date: 28 May 99 - 03:43 AM

Secondhand info really, but people I know who saw the radio broadcasts gained a lot from the visual gags that went on. You may have noticed that often the crowd laughs for no apparent reason, well that was when some business was going on and sometimes not necessarily to do with the actual speakers (ie milligan "killing" Sellars while Seacombe talks).

And yes truly one of the funniest shows ever broadcast.

Spon!!

BB


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 28 May 99 - 03:46 AM

You rotten swine!! I never saw them (I was much too young!), but I heard them often enough ... no I didn't, I can never hear them often enough! There is some film of at least one recording session; and there's the famous Last Goon Show of All, which was televised, and I think it's available on video

While the live performance seems to have been excruciatingly funny, I think seeing them on the radio was much better - I'm sure you know what I mean,Rick! You can get a lot of the shows on audio cassette from the BBC (who originally though it was the Go-on Show!).

Steve


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 May 99 - 07:32 AM

So how do you let the rest of us in on this weirdness? Sounds as though this thing was made for me. Are there BBC tapes? Has anyone checked Amazon or others?

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: AndyG
Date: 28 May 99 - 08:05 AM

Catspaw,
You might start here. It's only a link farm as the pages have been removed but it looks like a fair selection of links.
Goon but Not Forgotten
http://minnie.cs.adfa.oz.au/Goons/

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 May 99 - 09:00 AM

Take no notice, folks, It's just a publicity stunt! (moves sideways to hide rent in Internet trousers, and returns to cardboard computer).
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 28 May 99 - 09:10 AM

Morning "paw". The "Goon Show" was custom tailored for your sense of humour. It's influence on me has been incalculable. It may be the reason that I find YOUR approach screamingly funny while other more stable folk shake their collective heads at your ramblings and mutter "grow up, Possum-Boy!"
Cletus and Buford are very similar to Goonshow characters "Eccles, and Bluebottle". They are of course, alter-egos to their authors, and just like my moronic in-bred, ice-fishin' rural Canadjun' (half) brothers Reg, Reg, and Reg, allow their creator to get away with murder.
Only fly in the ointment is the British slang, and impenetrable dialects. It takes a while to really get a handle on what they're saying, 'cause the dialogue is rapid fire to say the least.
Also the Goonshow would be seen as overtly offensive and racist in North America today. The characters Mr. Thing (first name: Sinjiz) and Mr. Lalcacca, are Hindus, who no matter what parts they play in each show, always have time to make curry, and discuss flaming funeral pyres. Ray Ellington (cousin of the Duke) the bandleader often takes part in the skits as "Big Chief Ellinga" a cannibal, who trumpets (in a metaphorical sense) "Ballaballaboomboom, me want eat you up!" Other characters include: an overtly Jewish cockney theatrical agent who constantly drools over "all that lovely money", Colonel Bloodnock; a wicked portrait of an elderly demented British army officer, Neddy Seagoon, the whitest, dumbest wasp on the face of the earth. Moriarty and Gritpipe-Thynne, two scheming and slimey homosexuals, Flower, and Dew: two VERY OUT gay boys, who upon seeing a catholic priest waving one of those smoking incense burner things, douse him with water because,"I thay there, you're handbag's on fire!".....And these are the LEAST offensive characters! Funny thing is that apparently in it's hey-day (the fifties) minorities loved it, and would tune in often just to hear Sellers, Milligan, or Secombe, send them up!


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 28 May 99 - 09:34 AM

I've just been looking at the "Narrowboat songs" thread, which reminded me of this, which some of us will remember (and the rest will enjoy, I hope):

It was proposed to build a ship canal across Africa from East to West (or vice-versa). This may have been not entirley unconnected with the Suez Crisis, I don't know.

As the canal thus cut the bottom half of the continent away from the top, giant carpet tacks would be used to nail down the southern bank and stop southern Africa from falling off.

Because ships can sink, the canal would be used by aeroplanes.

"But aeroplanes can crash."
"They'll carry lifeboats!"
"But lifeboats can sink."
"Ah, that's all right, because there won't be any water in the canal!"

Etc., etc.

Someone else might loke to go over the "fog chicken".

Steve


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 May 99 - 03:08 PM

SEAGOON: "Well, little steaming patriot, you know that the sun never sets on the British Empire".
BLUEBOTTLE: "They must not be getting much sleep, mon capitaine!"
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 May 99 - 04:30 PM

MAJOR DENNIS BLOODNOCK (late of Her Majesty's Third Collapsing Brassieres): "So, Seagoon, you want to join the Regiment?"
SEAGOON: "Yes, Major!"
BLOODNOCK: "Well first you have to take the regimental oath! Open your wallet, and repeat after me: 'Help Yourself!'"
SEAGOON: "Help Yourself!"
BLOODNOCK: "Thank you, I will."

*******
MORIARITY: "Ah, I have always wanted to join the Navy!"
SEAGOON: "To what?"
MORIARITY:" Do not ask, you naughty Seagoon-like radio character! But I have the sea in my blood!"
SEAGOON: "I can see where it gets in!"
***
BLUEBOTTLE: "Fixes Moriarity with hypnotic gaze -- doot, doot, doot, doot -- (melodramatic music)Be warned, Moriarity, do not trifle with me! I was trained in judo by the Great Bert! Using the body as a counterpivot, I use the Great Bert's method of throwing the opponent to his DEATH! Be warned, Moriarity, one false move and you die by Bert's method!!!"
MORIARITY: "Take That!" (sound of crushing blow)
BLUEBOTTLE: "Owwww! Wait till I see that twit Bert!!"
*** (must stop, must stop, must stop)
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 May 99 - 04:58 PM

But seriously, folks, er Rick, what of the intros to the songs? I can remember only part: --
I'M WALKING BACKWARDS FOR CHRISTMAS began, if I recall:
"An immigrant lad loved an Irish colleen, from Dublin's Galway Bay
He longed for a dance, but she spurned his chance,
and he something something something.
And THE YING TONG SONG has something like ....
"An Irish song, my mother sang to me,
she sang it as she tucked me in, when I was ninety three -- "Ying, tong, ying tong....?"
I expect results!
GRYPTYPETHYNNE: "So, Scientist Seagoon, what are the results of your test?!"
SEAGOON: "England, 3; Pakistan, 1".

(those were the days)
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 29 May 99 - 04:29 AM

Apart from recordings of The Goons at work, there was also a film called 'The Curse of the Mukkinese Battle Horn', albeit they didn't stick to the Goon Show names in it.

Shoh slaynt,

Bobby Bob


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 29 May 99 - 12:03 PM

I finally located a copy of the film "Down among the G men",(different title in Britain, I believe) and it was extremely disappointing. They were young, and the characters were not yet developed. Mostly the writing was just plain self-conscious, but you could get a glimpse of what was to come.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Penny S.
Date: 29 May 99 - 03:05 PM

The ghost of the Goon Show still haunts English schools, where the children still pass on the Dreaded Lurgi as if impelled by a dire taboo: it must be passed on, must be, even if it means you will be the one who is caught doing so in the classroom, even if it means you will have to walk across the room to do so! It's worst manifestation is when it becomes (named person)'s Lurgi, and a way of isolating and verbally bullying that person.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 29 May 99 - 06:05 PM

If any one is interested, I have an album of Tony Hancock's Half Hour, and also some wonderful comedy from Peter Seller's on Songs For Swinging Sellars. Catspaw, stay away from "Auntie Rotter"!! I don't think laughter can be much good for you (all that stress on your insides) Back to the original thought, which was the albums, would you like me to tape 'em? I can bring them to Mudstock. Many years ago Prince Charles (ugh) performed on stage with the Goons. Despite his repellent personality, he has quite a good sense of humor!! (As a Brit, I am allowed to despise royalty at will)

P.S. Not LEJ but Lion!!


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 29 May 99 - 10:46 PM

Speaking of Spike Milligan, anyone familiar with the one man show "The Bedsitting Room"? About a man who thinks he is a bed-sit.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 29 May 99 - 11:46 PM

My introduction to the Goon Show was in 1974, my second year of med school in Hershey, Pa., when my new roommate fired up his reel-to-reel tape deck with something he said I just had to hear. It was a little disconcerting at first, but I liked the humor. After about 20 minutes, we suddenly realized that we had been listening to one show out of the left speaker and a totally different show out of the right. Now that was a real Goon Show experience!


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Duckboots
Date: 30 May 99 - 12:01 AM

"Och, welcome young Neddie McSeagoon. Come wrap this porridge around you and warm yourself by this roaring candle"

"Ah, Scots hospitality, thank you uncle!"

Apologies to the real Goon-aphiles for any liberties I've taken with this quote, but even though I am Scottish, maybe because I'm Scottish, this is one of my favourite bits. When Neddie drinks the Loch dry! And, Eccles learns to swim!!
,br>

Duckboots


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Riggy RACKIN
Date: 30 May 99 - 01:46 AM

My two Goon Fav's are the offers to pay for stuff with a "photo of a 5 pound note" and protestations that one "did not wish to know that".

I still find applications for these phrases on a daily basis.

BTW- my intro to Goon came from the irrepressable Patrick Sky ! RiGGY


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Penny S.
Date: 30 May 99 - 04:07 AM

BB. Do you know what the time is?

E. Yes, it's written on this piece of paper.

I'm not sure if this is exactly as written, and there was certainly a lot more in the original dialogue, but it is a standing joke with a friend of mine.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: PJ Curtis, The Burren, Ireland
Date: 30 May 99 - 06:31 AM

Where would Brit-comedy be without the Goons? There would be no Monty Python for instance!I grew up addicted to the radio series(must have heard every one!) and every now and then submerge myself(via their tapes of the orig. radio transmissions)) in the wierd and wacky universe created by the surreal genius Sellers, Milligan and Secombe. george martin(yes that George martin!) later produced Peter Sellers albums and said that it helped prepare him for his later work with the Fab 4. The studio word 'Flange' comes from theGoon's 'Fred Flange'. The Goons are on BBC tapes and are a must for your collection.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 30 May 99 - 12:36 PM

The Goons will never die! (well, as long as I keep refreshing anyway)
"Lonesome", When I was on tour in England may years ago I went to a very small theatre to see an incredibly sad little play called "Hancock's Last Half Hour". A one-man show that took place in a bed-sitter that had "the lad himself" living his last moments totally confused by reality and his comedic creation. Very moving.
rick


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Mo
Date: 30 May 99 - 01:39 PM

Shameless plug I know, but you can buy Goon Show tapes & CD's at the BBC Shop - have a look at the website below it's in the Comedy section. Wish I'd learnt to do that blue clicky thing....

Mo

http://www.bbcshop.com/bbc_shop/


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 30 May 99 - 06:01 PM

Harvey Andrews wrote 'Mr Homburg Hat' about Tony Hancock. It's not in the DT, but if anyone's interested I could post it some time. - Susanne


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: GUEST,Dave Whiteman
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 04:00 AM

Yes please Susanne


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Splott Man
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 04:32 AM

The Goon Shows are still regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 7.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Will Fly
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 04:47 AM

Before many of the shows became generally available on cassette, I worked for the BBC and often spent an interesting lunch hour prowling the the stacks of the Sound Archives department - a fascinating place. I recall coming across a shelf of Goon recordings, all on vinyl. I was allowed to take them home, one at a time each evening, to play at home and then return in the morning. Hours of fun.

I think my favourite is still "The Scarlet Capsule" - a piss-take of the "Quatermass And The Pit" story.

Minnie Bannister: Henry - this skull is 6,000 years old.
Henry Crun: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 05:30 AM

And the non PC

"The mouth is open
Must be a woman"


About the same skull.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Paul Reade
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 10:55 AM

The recent "Underwear Bomb" plot was anticipated by Spike Milligan. In "Tales of Men's Shirts" the Goons foiled a dastardly plot by the Germans in the Second World War to develop a secret weapon – a chemical applied to the tail of a soldier's shirt. When the wearer sits down, the heat from his body causes the chemical to explode, and ".. in this way the soldier is neutralised …". As we know, Spike Milligan was a visionary.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 11:06 AM

This liquid is colourless and odourless.


What good is that for the tail of a shirt?


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 11:35 AM

My favourite bit


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 03:48 PM

Love the Goons. "Mens Shirts, Dartmoor, Scarlet Capsule" and, although the Alopecia song is a little cruel, "Way Out West" is also a favourite.
BBC Radio 7 every Tuesday, my best listening night.
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: GUEST,Stan
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 04:29 PM

Fond memories of the goons include being forbidden to listen to them by my mum because of the swearing.

For those of you who find delight in quirky english humour, if you have not yet discovered 'Round the Horn' investigation is recommended.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Jul 12 - 01:08 PM

Strictly speaking it's not BBC Radio 7 any more - they renamed it as BBC Rasio Four Extra some time ago. But it still has the Goon Show on a Tuesday.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Jul 12 - 01:23 PM

Strictly speaking it's not BBC Radio 7 any more - they renamed it as BBC Radio Four Extra some time ago. But it still has the Goon Show on a Tuesday.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Jul 12 - 01:45 PM

Correction - the run of Goon Show repeats pm BBC Radio Four Extra is over for now. They've got The Navy Lark instead. OK enough,but not really in the same league.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 13 Jul 12 - 05:05 PM

30 May 99 - 06:01 PM ... I could post ...

12 Jul 12 - 04:00 AM ... Yes please Susanne ...

And my wife says I don't always answer promptly!!!

John


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 03:03 PM

Doesn't anybody remember the tv puppet version of the Goons, The Telegoons from the early '60's. A fellow student at Hull College of Art was the spitting image [that came later folks!] of the 'Moriaty' puppet. Seem to remember he went on to become a Professor at Manchester which just goes to show..........!


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 10:19 PM

Telegoons is available on a DVD - I do not know if these are legit
or what quality....

http://www.mediaoutlet.com/the-telegoons-2-dual-layer-dvds-goon-show-puppet-tv-series-p-95.html

There are some interesting Goons/Peter Sellers related DVD's available in the UK:
1951 PENNY POINTS TO PARADISE                  BFI    DVD 2009
Alan Cullimore, producer
Tony Young, director
Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Arthur Marks,Paddy O'Neil, Vicki Page.

1952 DOWN AMONG THE Z-MEN             82min             Second Sight      DVD 2002
Producers: Edwin J. Fancey, Jimmy Grafton
Maclean Rogers, director
Writers: Jimmy Grafton, Francis Charles
Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Carole Carr
{this is available in many editions of varying quality - Second Sight DVD is pretty good]

the 1953 SUPER SECRET SERVICE seems NOT to be available - I would
appreciate any information of where a copy can be obtained.

1956 THE CASE OF THE MUKKINESE BATTLEHORN       (B&W, 28:17) 29min.
MANY editions on DVD

1960 THE RUNNING, JUMPING & STANDING STILL FILM (B&W, 10:43)

Dick Lester, director; devised by Peter Sellers
Writers: Richard Lester, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers.
Richard Lester, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan. Mario Fabrizi. David Lodge, Leo McKern, Graham Stark

available as extra on BEATLES ???????? DVD
          The Peter Sellers Story-As He Filmed It   DVD 2Entertain(UK)   2005



1969 THE BED SITTING ROOM
                                                      DVD BFI Flipside BFI B1019 (Blu-Ray)
Richard Lester, director
Produced by Richard Lester; Oscar Lewenstein
Roy Stevens .... associate producer

Original Music by
Ken Thorne   

Writing credits
John Antrobus   (screenplay)
Charles Wood    (adaptation)
Spike Milligan & John Antrobus (play)


Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
Rita Tushingham ... Penelope
Ralph Richardson ... Lord Fortnum of Alamein

Peter Cook      ... Inspector

Dudley Moore    ... Sergeant
Spike Milligan ... Mate
Michael Hordern ... Bules Martin
Roy Kinnear    ... Plastic mac man
Richard Warwick ... Allan
Arthur Lowe    ... Father
Mona Washbourne ... Mother
Ronald Fraser   ... The Army
Dandy Nichols   ... Mrs Ethel Shroake

Frank Thornton ... The BBC
Harry Secombe   ... Shelter Man
Jimmy Edwards   ... Nigel
Henry Woolf    ... Electricity man
Jack Shepherd   ... Underwater Vicar

Marty Feldman   ... Nurse Arthur
Bill Wallis    ... The Prime Minister

Gordon Rollings ... Drip Feed Patient (as Gordon Rawlings)
Ronnie Brody    ... Dwarf / Chauffeur (as Ronald J Brody) (as Ron Brody)
Cecil Cheng    ... Chinaman
Edward Malin    ... Club Waiter
Chris Konyils   ... Policeman


1974 THE GREAT McGONAGALL
                                                            many vhs and dvd releases
                                                            In2film xxxx    2009 DVD
Darltan; Tigon Film Distributors Ltd.
Executive producers: Kamal Pasha; Peter LambJoseph McGrath, director.
Produced by David Grant
Screenplay by Joseph McGrath; Spike Milligan
filmed on location at WILTON'S MUSIC HALL

Spike Milligan ... William McGonagall
Peter Sellers   ... Queen Victoria
Julia Foster    ... Mrs. McGonagall
John Bluthal    ... Mr. Giles / MacDuff / Hercules Paint / British Soldier / Policeman /
                     McLain / Sheriff / Judge   
Victor Spinetti ... Mr. Stewart / Second-Lieutenant Rotlo / Supposed John Brown /
                     Gentleman / Revolutionary / Cardinal / Policeman
Valentine Dyall ... Army Sergeant / Lord Tennyson / Doctor / Native Messenger / Policeman / Fop
Julian Chagrin ... Prince Albert / Rev. Gilfillan / Publican / Balmoral Policeman /
                     Stagehand / Ruffian / Mr Stewart's Assistant / British Soldier / Fop
Clifton Jones   ... King Theebaw / Policeman / Clerk of the Court / Mr Stewart's Assistant /
                     Zulu Chief / Ruffian / Fop
Charlie Young Atom ... Postman / Policeman / Sleeper in the Snow / Theatre Announcer /
                         Drinker (as Charlie Atom)
Luie Caballero ... Man with parrot


Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 02:47 AM

According to my EPG and Radio Times, Radio 4 Extra is still broadcasting the 'Goon Show' repeats every Tuesday.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 05:26 AM

I never cared for the Goons on TV. To me, it was essentially aural humour - imagination being more colourful than anything TV could conjure up.

I didn't know it at the time but much of the basis of the humour came from Spike's experiences in the army during the war - the regiment the '23rd Thunderboxes' being a case in point...


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 06:12 AM

Read, 'Adolf Hitler, My part in his Downfall'. or 'Rommel, Gunner Who?'
To see what part the war played in forming his character, and enjoy a good laugh too.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 05:03 PM

I remember an interview on radio with Peter Sellers about the creation of Bluebottle. He said he encountered a Scoutmaster who spoke just like him. The phrase which set him off was "Oh ... He's faaallen into the waaater!" We sang Ying Tong Iddle I Po forever at school, we never stopped giggling!


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: Will Fly
Date: 16 Jul 12 - 05:12 AM

I encountered Spike on several occasions while working at the BBC and at the Hampstead Theatre Club, where his second wife, Paddy, used to perform. He could be a charming man - but also a most difficult one - and, as he freely admitted, suffered from bipolar disorder for much of his life. "I'm mad - and I've got the paperwork to prove it..."

I loved his radio work, and enjoyed the 'Beachcomber' series on TV - alas, now all wiped - but I personally thought the 'Q' series was complacent and unfunny. It seemed to me that he was resting on a reputation and supposed that anything he did, such as gurning to the camera and giggling, would automatically be entertaining. None of which detracts from his prime place in modern comedy.


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Subject: RE: Ying Tong Iddle I Po!
From: GUEST,SG
Date: 16 Jul 12 - 05:55 AM

From the early 70's onward the Nottingham-based folk band called "Pendragon" was fronted by a diminutive singer known as "Bottle" - guess which one of the Telegoons characters he resembled? I won't embarass him by any further identification. (he was a good singer, though).


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