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Adelphi Collection: Penny Points To Paradise/Let's Go Crazy [1951] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, Alfred Marks, Paddy O'Neil
  • Directors: Anthony Young
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029XMXCO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,186 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

The Adelphi Collection

PENNY POINTS TO PARADISE + LET'S GO CRAZY
With Peter Sellers | Spike Milligan | Harry Secombe

Unavailable for decades, Penny Points to Paradise - considered by Peter Sellers as his film debut - sees all three goons beside the seaside in a cheap and cheerful comic escapade climaxing in a Brighton Waxworks.

Shot immediately afterwards, Let's Go Crazy is a madcap selection of variety turns, interspersed with zany improvised sketches by Sellers and Milligan.

For many years something of a missing link in British comedy history, but now rescued and restored by the BFI National Archive, these rare films are a must-have for all vintage comedy fans.

Special features

  • Both Penny Points to Paradise and Let's Go Crazy have been restored and mastered to High Definition from the best available film elements
  • The Slappiest Days of Our Lives (1953, 73 mins) - rare feature-length silent comedy clip compilation, with flight-of-fancy voiceover commentary by Peter Sellers
  • Fully illustrated booklet with detailed film notes and original promotional materials
  • PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

    UK | 1951 | black and white | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 172 minutes | DVD-9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD

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The British Film Institute has restored these two 1951 British comedies ("Penny..." was the debut film for the Goons) and they'd done a typically admirable job. There are still passages of the print that are really badly degraded - there are - but they only emphasise just how good the restoration work has been on the rest of it. In the main I'd say that about 90% of the print is clean, it's just such a shame that the material is rather tedious.

These two films haven't dated at all well and at times are severely laboured and just not that funny. Spike Milligan is so young (still finding his anarchic feet on camera) while Harry Secombe tries hard to be hilarious as a naïve man whose won £100,000 on the football pools (God bless him) but he just ends up being hammy rather than entertaining. The chameleon character genius that is Peter Sellers (who was very vocal about never liking the film) makes the most out of a running gag about money (thinking it's a disease - title above) while Arthur Marks plays the brainy and talkative money-forger to great effect. The two likely girls looking for a moneyed man to take them away from it all are very good too - Paddy O'Neil and Vicki Page. Tony Young directed and Alan Cullimore produced.

Of course it's not all bad - the script is very witty in places - the landlady of the Brighton bed & breakfast they're all staying in tells Arthur Marks and his brainless sidekick that "You can see the sea from the window - if you use a chair - and don't lean out too far..." to which he replies - "is that so - remind me to find a chair and do that one day!" Very Marx Brothers, very funny...
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Penny Points to Paradise is a very early film of what were to become the Goons. Spike Milligan is impossibly young, quiet and restrained. Harry Seacombe is the manic one, reminiscent of his effort in the later Down Among the Z Men.

Peter Sellers is almost straight by comparison. This is a terrific glimpse of possibilities to come in The Goon Show.

Let's Go Crazy is just Sellers doing some not very good voiceover to classic silent films. Quite a disappointment actually.
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The three movies on this dvd are well worth any Goon Show fan adding them to their collection.The BFI have done a great restorative job on "Penny Point" and it is worth watching for the very early careers of Sellers and Milligan. Although the humour is dated and not particularly funny it is still important historically in what was to become lengthy collaborative and individually successful careers for both.
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Very good to see these two in restored quality, although neither is the best of the Goons films. 'Penny Points' is almost in the old fashioned music hall tradition, while 'Crazy' is nearer to Goonery, but still a real budget production.
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An oldie but certainly not a goodie. Not even this cast can save it. It really is very bad. Cheap and poorly made. I couldn't even watch it all the way through. No wonder Sellers always condemned it.
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Have just finnished watching the main title from the dvd, and can only say I enjoyed, a big fan of Spike Milligan and the Goons, it was great to see the anarchic comedy of Milligan, Seacombe and Sellers on the screen, I think this is better than Down Amongst The Z Men. Need more of these released. What has happened to 'Mukinese Battlehorn', 'Ghosts In The Noon Day Sun' and the 'Telegoons' Let alone all the series Spike did for the BBC
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Good fun, fairly silly and a wonderful look at the Brighton that I grew up in. No cars, and Louis Tussaud's! Brilliant.
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