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The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn (1956)

A pair of detectives from Scotland Yard are assigned to look into the disappearance of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, a ninth-century artifact, from the Metropolitan Museum.


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Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Narrator / Supt. Quilt / Asst. Commissioner Sir Jervis Fruit / Henry Crun
Spike Milligan ... Sgt. Brown / Eccles / Catchpole Burkington / Minnie Bannister (voice)
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Mr. Nodule / Mr.Crimp / Maurice Ponke
Pamela Thomas Pamela Thomas ... Girl
Bill Hepper Bill Hepper ... Announcer
Wally Thomas ... Policeman
Gordon Phillott Gordon Phillott ... Claggett


A pair of detectives from Scotland Yard are assigned to look into the disappearance of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, a ninth-century artifact, from the Metropolitan Museum.

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Filmed in the wonder of Schizophrenoscope (the new Split Screen)


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Release Date:

January 1956 (UK) See more »

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Marlborough Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is an adaptation of an episode from the long-running BBC radio program "The Goon Show", which featured Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. See more »


Maurice Plonk: My name is Maurice Plonk, and I live in a little log cabin in Piccadilly. Last night I left a burning cigarette by my bedside and the whole place was burny down. And the night before last, my fire insurance ran out and we did not get a penny. My, how we did laugh when we heard about it.
Narrator: Mr Plonk has nothing to do with our story. We thought you'd like to see what a real idiot looked like.
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Crazy Credits

Closing titles: By special arrangement with Nathan Twitt Esq. Those who did not appear are Freda Clench the underwater soprano (own tank), Fred Nurke, Jim Pills saxophonist extrordinaire, Barbara Seville and Lurgi the Wonder Dog. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release omits most of the opening credits and the horn artwork, as well as the hyphen in the title. See more »

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Excellent Goon Humour
27 July 2001 | by oiyouSee all my reviews

Basically, this is the nearest you're going to get to a filmed Goon Show (1950's British radio programme). A lot of the jokes are lifted directly from Goon Shows. It's a pity Harry Secombe wasn't in it but Dick Emery is excellent. Peter Sellers excels as Quilt, Commissioner Gervaise and Henry Crun running a pawn shop (with Minnie off screen telling him there's someone knocking at the door). Milligan plays Brown or White depending which bit of the film (I think that was a re-write error) but it's Eccles. He also does a superb silent actor looking for the labour exchange skit and is the Police Sergeant assisting Inspector Quilt (and, of course the voice of Minnie Bannister). Dick Emery plays the museum curator and Maurice Ponk ("nothing to do with the story but we wanted you to see what a real idiot looks like"). It's long while since I've seen this film so I can't be certain but I think Emery plays Plackett (Willium Mate), the museum guard though it might be Sellers as the character was most often played by him on radio and the "they kept walloping me on the head" bit is from The Missing Prime Minister/10 Downing St and Sellers played Mate in both those radio shows

If you can't find the film on video, at least get some Goon Show CDs or tapes. The BBC and EMI both released some. The BBC set with 1985 on it is my favourite. The EMI one with Dishonoured is another good choice (featuring The Dance of the Seven Army-Surplus Blankets)

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