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The Goons in Down Among The Z-Men [DVD] [1952]

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Carole Carr
  • Directors: Maclean Rogers
  • Writers: Jimmy Grafton, Francis Charles
  • Producers: Edwin J. Fancey, Jimmy Grafton
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066NSD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The one and only film outing for the stars of the groundbreaking 1950's radio comedy series 'The Goon Show'. During World War II a gang of dodgy criminals arrive in a small town with the aim to poach a professor's secret atomic formula. Zany antics and madcap tomfoolery ensue as the troupe attempt to pull off their heist - of a Bicarbonate of Soda bomb!

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Although they made their name in the medium of radio, the legendary Goons also made brief forays into the world of television and, with Down Among the Z Men, film. It captures the team at a very early stage in their career, with Michael Bentine still in the fold, and with their unique, anarchic brand of humour still in its infancy. Sadly, the style and feel of the film does little to suit their comedy style. While radio offered an opportunity for their imaginations to run riot, here the four find themselves tied to a few stock characters, most of whom would make a more animated appearances later in their career. The plot--with its tale of eccentric professors and evil spies--sees a series of musical numbers and a variety performance crow barred into the proceedings. Those who wish to add to an already existing Goons collection may want to consider this, but anyone wondering what all the fuss is about should head straight for the many radio collections available and hear the sound of true genius at work.

On The DVD: Down Among the Z Men offers little to recommend, with the DVD lacking in any extras whatsoever. Being taken from an original fifties print, the black and white picture is of reasonable quality yet cannot help but look extremely dated. At best it is the sort of curio that would pass time on a Sunday afternoon but it is hard to consider this a particularly essential DVD release. –-Phil Udell

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There's lots of reasons to like this DVD. First, there's the price. Second, there's several lovely moments with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Third, we get to see Spike play a few moments of jazz trumpet. Fourth, we get jazz strumpet -- or rather the next best thing, the lovely dancing Topper Girls. They were excellent. Fifth, did I mention the price? This is really a light variety show, BBC-TV 1950s style. There's a very lose plot that connects events -- but let's not worry about that. The Goons certainly didn't. Michael Bentine is not that funny. But he does try. He certainly tries me. Oh and sixth, it comes in a cardboard sleeve, so the DVD won't take up much space on your shelf. I found the whole thing charming, and I'm happy to have this historical artefact featuring two of my favourite comedians.
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Down Among The Z Men [DVD] [1952]
As a Goon Show fan for over 50 years it was good to see the Goons in action. By today's standards the comedy might seem a bit far fetched but when you compare it the current American tripe that's forced on us on TV the dated movie comes out a winner. Recommend this movie to those who want something different.
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The Goon show movie is a curiosity. Goon show and/or Peter Sellers fans will want to have it. Others might be disapointed.
It is not very long. (Only 1 hour 7 minutes.) It is quite dated. A paper-thin plot padded out with non-Goon dance numbers and songs. There is a stage show whos only point seems to be to show off Peter Sellers and the dancing girls.
It does have a few interesting bits. Peter Sellers has a monologue with multiple characters in the stage review at the end. There are a few laughs off and on. (Mostly off.)
The Goons humor works better on radio. This movie shows just why.
But I am not sorry I got it. It is a very odd movie that does have a few worthwhile bits and is worth seeing once.
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Directed by Maclean Rogers, 'Down Among The Z-Men' was the only movie to feature all four Goons - Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine, Harry Secombe, and Spike Milligan. Spike was not engaged to write the script, and Jimmy Grafton and Francis Charles' plot about a missing secret formula was tired even in 1952. Secombe plays 'Harry Jones' ( not 'Neddie Seagoon' ), a grocer's assistant who dreams of being a private eye. Bentine's 'Osric Pureheart' and Milligan's 'Eccles' are around, but poor 'Bloodnok' ( Peter Sellers ) is now a Colonel instead of a Major and nowhere near as funny as the radio version. Instead of Max Geldray and Ray Ellington, Carole Carr sings and the Television Toppers strut their stuff. The film has its moments. For instance, when 'Private Eccles' proudly displays a chest-full of medals. "You know how I got these? Ten bob, the lot!". Eccles in charge of a women's P.E. class is amusing too. But the laughs are few and far between, and the story's ending happens so quickly you barely notice it. Given a good script and a capable director, the Goons could have worked well on the big screen. Two of the gang - Sellers and Milligan - later starred in the featurette 'The Case Of The Mukkinese Battlehorn' ( still unavailable on D.V.D. ) which was far more successful at capturing the essence of Goon humour than this.
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If you hate the Goons, you'll hate this film. Unfortunately, if you like the Goons you'll hate it as well. The team's one big-screen outing opens with the credit 'E.J. Fancey Productions have the misfortune to present', and within minutes you realise they're not joking. In fact, nobody seems to be joking, least of all Sellers, who has very little to do and only one identifiable joke. There's a lot of bad Peter Sellers films available on DVD, but this one goes beyond the very bottom of the barrel to the soil below.

The z-grade plot looks like a leftover National Service comedy that has had the Goons clumsily grafted on and scores maximum marks on the cringe factor - it has songs too. So cheap that it makes Hammer's pre-horror comedies look like A-pictures, this makes for a very long 68 minutes that stands along with Revolution, She’ll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas and What’s Up, Nurse? as one of those films that makes the death of the indigenous British film industry seem like not such a bad idea after all.
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Had this already on poor quality VHS. Good to see it in good quality. Possibly the best of their films, along with 'The Muckinees Battlehorn'.
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If you liked the Goons,this is a classic,the only film they made.(I think!)and unlike the Radio shows, you can see them in action-brilliant!
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