What has got to be the funniest film ever seen has been re-discovered in a cellar where it has lain for over 30 years. It was, at the time of its release, considered to be so dangerous to anyone with even the slightest sense of humour. A fact borne out that when it was premiered in a Berlin Cinema within months of its release, 44 Germans died laughing - a feat which has never been repeated (so it's not owned by the BBC then)
The film was made in 1969 and starred British funny men; Eric Sykes and one of the 'Goons', Harry Seycombe. The low-budget film cost only £100 to produce and surprisingly enough contains 100 words; that's just £1 per word which makes it a reel bargain!
In Seine News were on hand to interview Eric Sykes, now well into his eighties at St Oscar's Retirement Home for the Infamous, Worthing. When asked about how he felt about his film being nominated for an Oscar?
His reply was;
We asked again;
"What do you think of the film you made with Harry Seycombe being nominated for an Oscar?"
His reply again was;
"I beg your pardon."
At that point a nurse came into the room and offered us a cup of tea. She also waved and pointed to Eric. She explained that the comic genius had been stone deaf from birth, but she was able to use BSL (British Sign Language) and would interpret for us. We asked the same question, and with the nurses help he answered;
"Oh I thought that had been lost for ever - especially after so many German filmgoers were killed. It was funny though me an old Harry wet ourselves making that un. Come to think of it, I think I've just wet myself again Nurse!"
"What category has it been nominated for? Surely not for acting because I never did get the hang of it; even now I'm crap at it and I've had over 60 years of practice."
"It's been nominated for the film with the best dialogue," we told him.
"Ohhh THAT one! Its called R…"
and with that he fell sound asleep.
Eric Sykes suffers from Narcolepsy.