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The funniest nightmare you'll ever have
on 2 June 2016
Frankie Howerd 's genius has never translated well onto the big screen because the essence of his attraction is intimacy-he makes you feel as though he is addressing you directly,over the garden fence, as it were. However, in this film he comes closer than he has ever done before to overcoming what, for the big is screen, is an obvious limitation and yet still manages to keep his personality intact..This is achieved, principally, because Howerd has no need to send up the script, so many of which, in the past, had been tailor -made to incorporate his idiosyncracies to the detriment of the story line , as this script holds its' own without need of the usual Howerdisms He takes the whole thing seriously and clearly enjoys the opportunity to act and does not feel the necessity to rely on his stock-in trade mannerisms-although these do occur from time to time to please the public.A genuinely funny film as long as you're prepared to see Howerd in a(slightly) different light and not expect Up Pompeii ! .