7.25 - 2nd November 1975
"Clanger?...Clanger? that rings a bell"
"So I believe my Lord"
24 min Colour
Lord Peter Flimsy
Nurse Milly Teasel
The Crew Screenplay
Perhaps the writer, Dave Freeman’s, best foray into the Carry On milieu, using some wonderfully appalling jokes which are delivered with straight-faced sincerity by the crime-busting duo (Jack Douglas and Kenneth Connor).
Lord Peter Flimsy and Punter, his sidekick, encounter a world of unusual clues, vicars and tea, mad murderers and peeking through keyholes. As you may have guessed, this is a comic take on the 1920’s world of Lord Peter Whimsy, mickey-taking everything from Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie. The characters that the Carry Oners play are stock Carry On performances but the dialogue is banal.
Jack and Kenneth play the main characters brilliantly, allowing the other characters played by Barbara, Joan and Peter Butterworth to bounce innuendo and smut around with great aplomb.
There is a good historical atmosphere about the mist-swirled streets of London and the posh country manors in this trilogy of tales (The Case Of The Screaming Winkles, The Case of the Coughing Parrot, and The Nine Old Cobblers)
Peter Butterworth resurrects his old sea-dog character from ‘Girls’, playing off against the bimbo created by Sherrie Hewson. Dave Freeman’s obsession with childish innuendo is well satisfied while a clutch of cleverly worked out riddles and clues are enjoyably bad.