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The Intelligence Men (1965)

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Sidney Green (screenplay) (as S.C. Green), Richard Hills (screenplay) (as R.M. Hills) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Morecambe ... Eric Morecambe
Ernie Wise ... Ernie Sage
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Colonel Grant
April Olrich April Olrich ... Madame Petrovna
Gloria Paul ... Gina Carlotti
Richard Vernon ... Sir Edward Seabrook
David Lodge ... Stage Manager
Jacqueline Jones ... Karin
Terence Alexander ... Reed
Francis Matthews ... Thomas
Warren Mitchell ... Prozoroff
Brian Oulton ... Laundry Basket Man
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Sinister Stranger
Peter Bull ... Philippe
Tutte Lemkow ... Seedy Schlecht Agent
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Storyline

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead Major Cavendish who had managed to infiltrate the dreaded organization; he knows that they are intending to assassinate someone - could it be the famous Russian ballerina who has recently arrived for an appearance at Covent Garden? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Spylarks See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the Military Intelligence operatives in the communications room are named as Green and Hills, a nod to the writers Sidney Green and Richard Hills. Sid and Dick are also the duo during Eric's espresso bar singing scene. See more »

Goofs

At 'The Rest' transport cafe the extra at the left/rear table (facing the counter) disappears when Eric falls on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Eric Morecambe: Looking at her flowered bra top "Can I put those in water for you?"
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Connections

References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op.20
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Philip Green
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Eric and Ern hit the big screen
12 November 2015 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Morecambe and Wise made their feature film debuts with this film and openly admitted in later years that it wasn't much good.

The problem is even back then the spy spoof had been done to death and there was very little that could be added to it. As others have mentioned as well the film doesn't really feel like a film at all, it's more like a collection of sketches all around the same theme.

Eric Morecambe is reliably funny as he always was, but it can't be ignored that the film is too convoluted in terms of plot and there are too many slow moments. The directors habit of under cranking the action also tends to make the supposedly funny bits unfunny.

I prefer 'That Rivera Touch' to this film, which although is funny, doesn't do a lot for me.


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