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The Brass Monkey [1948] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Carole Landis, Herbert Lom, Ernest Thesiger
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP4SUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,436 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Based on an old British radio show, 'The Brass Monkey' is a fast-paced British mystery and comedy thriller. Caroll Levis stars as a radio personality who attempts to prevent a connoisseur of Buddhist artifacts from stealing the priceless Brass Monkey. The film is littered with stars such as Herbert Lom, Avril Angers and Terry-Thomas, but it is perhaps most famous for being the swansong of the beautiful Carole Landis. She committed suicide soon after completing this film in a scandal that shook the film world. Starring: Caroll Levis, Carole Landis, Herbert Lom and Terry-Thomas. Director: Thornton Freeland. Date of Release: 1948

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2008
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Odeon have a print entitled Brass Monkey but the film is also known by the title Lucky Mascot. This comedy thriller has as its backdrop the auditions for and broadcast of The Carroll Levis radio show. In 1948 when the film was made he was a household name in the UK. He appeared in only 3 films and died in 1968 aged only 58.
Carole Landis whose last film this was committed suicide in 1948 at the end of a relationship with a famous actor. Her best film because she was happy at the time of making it was Four Jills in a Jeep, a war time musical made in black and white but full of colourful characters.
Brass Monkey is an oddity and well worth watching for some great OTT performances from the likes of Ernest Thesiger, Avril Angers and Terry-Thomas. There is even a rare appearance of Leslie A Hutchinson simply known as Hutch to his fans. Herbert Lom plays the nasty character with conviction and the right clothes too. Thornton Freeland wrote the screenplay and directed this film (his penultimate) his last being Dear Mr Prohack in 1949.
Was the rare brass money really a lucky mascot for those involved with this film? I think not, but as a period piece is is entertaining and the print used is not bad. I would have liked better sound but with these vintage films this is something you can never guarantee.
The liner notes booklet is good providing plenty of information on the stars of the film. All in all a welcome addition to The Best of British Collection.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2009
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There is an awful charm about this movie from 1948. I thought it couldn't get worse or cornier...and then it did. Don't misunderstand me. Brass Monkey is a comedy murder mystery that is harmless and good-natured. Several of the actors give it their all, like the teenager who plays Flight of the Bumble Bee on her accordion.

The plot is a thin idea that's used to feature a popular British radio personality, Carroll Levis playing himself, and his program of talented discoveries. The plot? It seems that long, long ago three monkeys were made of what was much later discovered to be brass. They disappeared ages ago, but then were rediscovered, separated, lost and now, individually, are worth a lot of money. Two have been "collected." Reuniting them with the third will bring out the worst in both comedy and murder. And all because, after hanky panky at British dockside customs, the third monkey is misplaced in Carroll Levis' office by his ditzy secretary.

Brass Monkey uses this plot to showcase the spirit and heart of show business, with crooks and killings thrown in for contrast. We see a lot of that spirit and heart, and odd talent, amongst those trying out for Levis' radio program. Levis' live broadcast of his show is where everything comes together. The murderer will be discovered, but only after we witness with open mouth two of the worst comedy songs I suspect Terry-Thomas ever performed, as well as that teenager and her bumble bee, a geezer with his musical saw who is madly applauded when he tells us how many children and grandchildren he has, and a contortionist who aims her leotard-covered crotch directly at the camera while Terry-Thomas sings of his love of show business people. There's Avril Anger who uses her own name to play the secretary.
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By E. Davey on 20 Dec 2013
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Great for black and white fans. Cup of tea and a Sunday afternoon film curl up on the sofa film.
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