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The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn

[After repeatedly encountering the same mysterious woman] Superintendent Quilt: Brown, who is this woman? Sgt. Brown: It's the producer's girlfriend, sir. [To audience] Sgt. Brown: You think I'm kidding?

The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn is a 30 minute comedy film starring Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Dick Emery. The film was made in November 1955, and released in 1956.

Supposedly filmed in 'Schizophrenoscope', it concerns Inspector Quilt of Scotland Yard's attempts to retrieve a 'Mukkinese Battlehorn' stolen from a London museum. Along the way he meets characters not dissimilar to Eccles, Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister from The Goon Show.

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Peter Sellers, top, Spike Milligan, left, Harry Secombe, right

The Goon Show

The Goon Show was a British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960.

Bluebottle: Me and Eccles know where it's gone, Captain. Eccles: Yeah. We know. Seagoon: Splendid, lads. Tell me where it is and I'll reduce your sentence from two years to four. Bluebottle: Well, it, er, went, um- Thinks: Where did it went? It wented- Eccles? Eccles: Yeah? Bluebottle: Do you remember, Eccles? Eccles: Oh yeah, I remember Eccles. Bluebottle: Well, does he know where it wented? Eccles: I'll ask him: Do you know where it wented? Bluebottle: What does he say, Eccles? Eccles: He hasn't answered yet, I think he's out.

Click above for The Goon Show The Whistling Spy Enigma Part I World Whistling Championships Click on the above for the annoying World Whistling Championships The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The Ladykillers is a 1955 British dark comedy film, another edition in a series of post-war Ealing Comedies. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner and Katie Johnson.
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Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh was the title of a comical BBC radio and Radio Lxembourg show broadcast from 1944 to 1954, starring Kenneth Horne and Richard Murdoch as senior staff in a fictional RAF station battling red tape and wartime inconvenience.
On-going jokes from Much-Binding (an example of the "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" archetype) influenced later literature:
"R. P. Tyler knew the difference between right and wrong; there were no moral greys of any kind in his life. He was not, however, satisfied simply with being vouchsafed the difference between right and wrong. He felt it his bounden duty to tell the world.
"Not for R. P. Tyler the soapbox, the polemic verse, the broadsheet. R. P. Tyler's chosen forum was the letter column of the Tadfield Advertiser. If a neighbour's tree was inconsiderate enough to shed leaves into R. P. Tyler's garden, R. P. Tyler would first carefully sweep them all up, place them in boxes, and leave the boxes outside his neighbour's front door, with a stern note. Then he would write a letter to the Tadfield Advertiser. If he sighted teenagers sitting on the village green, their portable cassette players playing, and they were enjoying themselves, he would take it upon himself to point out to them the error of their ways. And after he had fled their jeering, he would write to the Tadfield Advertiser on the Decline of Morality and the Youth of Today..." From Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Alastair Sim The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The film stars Ian Carmichael as Henry Palfrey, a failure who attends the "School of Lifemanship" in Yeovil, run by Dr. Potter (Alastair Sim), who teaches him how to win in life, and get the better of his rival (Terry-Thomas), through gamesmanship and various other underhand means.

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