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  • #16
    Originally posted by cully View Post

    I liked Benny Hill period but I think the programmes in the 1960s were much cleverer than afterwards where he tended to rely on the girls...
    His early BBC shows and the first few seasons at Thames were his best in my view. Agree the show went downhill (excuse pun) when he introduced the dolly birds. What were they called again? oh yes Hills Angels.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Carl V View Post

      I was watching the last 20 minutes or so of 'Live at the Apollo' on the BBC because I wanted to see a film which was coming on immediately afterwards. I don't even know the name of this "comedian", but I can say without any doubt whatsoever that he was about as funny as a boil on the backside. Any comedian who has to resort to shouting and laughing at his/her own jokes really needs to go and look for another career.
      There was an annoying comedian in the 50s similar to the one you describe . Wore glasses, skinny build and also laffed at his own jokes. Was it Arthur Askey? By comparison there was a northerner who I quite enjoyed. He made a series of films. Now what was his name? Anyone know this bloke?
      Last edited by chillingfilmania; 22nd August 2017, 04:41 AM.

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      • #18
        We have all forgotten Norman Wisdom. I could not stand him at first but he grew on me as I warmed to his talent. What is your best Norman Wisdom film? Mine is the one where he is a clumbsy department store worker. Will have to google that film. Whose Minding the Store? No that was Jerry Lewis. There is a great loss to comedy with the passing of Jerry on Sunday.Trouble In Store was that Norman Wisdom film I had forgotten. Hilarious. I understand Wisdom did most of his own stunts. Is that correct?

        Wisdom with Margaret Rutherford in Trouble in Store.
        Last edited by chillingfilmania; 22nd August 2017, 04:40 AM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post
          By comparison there was a northerner who I quite enjoyed. He made a series of films. Now what was his name? Anyone know this bloke?
          Was it George Formby by any chance?

          The guy I was referring to in my earlier post at the Apollo was supposedly a stand-up comedian. That's probably the only part of his description that was correct......he was standing up.

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          • #20
            I can't believe Dave Allen hasn't been mentioned. For me the funniest TV comic of them all!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Carl V View Post

              Was it George Formby by any chance?

              The guy I was referring to in my earlier post at the Apollo was supposedly a stand-up comedian. That's probably the only part of his description that was correct......he was standing up.
              George Formby. That is the man. I actually watched a couple of his movies and enjoyed them. Had great comic timing which is something that comes naturally for some and not for others.
              Last edited by chillingfilmania; 23rd August 2017, 06:52 AM.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by wadsy View Post
                I can't believe Dave Allen hasn't been mentioned. For me the funniest TV comic of them all!
                Agree. Dave lived in Australia for a time and made several local shows. Love his unique humor.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post
                  We have all forgotten Norman Wisdom. I could not stand him at first but he grew on me as I warmed to his talent. What is your best Norman Wisdom film? Mine is the one where he is a clumbsy department store worker. Will have to google that film. Whose Minding the Store? No that was Jerry Lewis. There is a great loss to comedy with the passing of Jerry on Sunday.Trouble In Store was that Norman Wisdom film I had forgotten. Hilarious. I understand Wisdom did most of his own stunts. Is that correct?
                  Norman Wisdom was an actor/comedian I was never fond of in all honesty. I don't know whether or not he did his own stunts, but credit to him if he did. It's just one of those things, you either take to someone or you don't I guess.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Carl V View Post

                    Norman Wisdom was an actor/comedian I was never fond of in all honesty. I don't know whether or not he did his own stunts, but credit to him if he did. It's just one of those things, you either take to someone or you don't I guess.
                    I found him hilarious when I was a small boy, loathed him when a teenager and rediscovered him when an adult!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post
                      I understand Wisdom did most of his own stunts. Is that correct?
                      Norman Wisdom did all of his own stunts. He was expert at falling downstairs and was very athletic until the end

                      Steve

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Carl V View Post

                        Norman Wisdom was an actor/comedian I was never fond....
                        I haven't watched much of this man but I got the impression he was too much like that American Jerry Lewis who seemed to specialise in playing people who were physically autistic and/or mentally retarded.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by jamal.nazreddin View Post

                          I haven't watched much of this man but I got the impression he was too much like that American Jerry Lewis who seemed to specialise in playing people who were physically autistic and/or mentally retarded.
                          Not at all. Have a look at one of his movies. I would equate him more with Charlie Chaplain..the clumsy misfit character who has trouble relating to people. He is especially awkward when it comes to women.

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                          • #28
                            Will Hay!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by chillingfilmania View Post

                              Not at all. Have a look at one of his movies. I would equate him more with Charlie Chaplain..the clumsy misfit character who has trouble relating to people. He is especially awkward when it comes to women.
                              I think it is safe to assume Norman's characters, typically, are somewhere on the autism spectrum- though mot intentionally. I found him a joy when I was a child and pretty much unwatchable since.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by John Hamilton View Post

                                I think it is safe to assume Norman's characters, typically, are somewhere on the autism spectrum- though mot intentionally. I found him a joy when I was a child and pretty much unwatchable since.
                                Everyone is "somewhere on the autism spectrum"

                                Steve

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