The Great McGonagall

  • Film
  • Comedy
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Revue-type sketches inspired by the life of William McGonagall, the 19th century Scot and self-styled poet who wrote verse not unlike Milligan. Potentially amusing material comes to grief as the film fails to find an appropriate visual style for Milligan's predominantly verbal humour. The Goonery between Sellers (as Queen Victoria) and Milligan (as McGonagall) comes off, but elsewhere the humour is forced andthe social/political comment embarrassingly exposed. With its musical hall setting, it looks like some tiresome theatrical junket brought out in the wake of the departing Lord Chamberlain, crammed full of previously vetoed references to the Royal Family.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph McGrath
Screenwriter: Joe McGrath, Spike Milligan
Cast: Spike Milligan
Peter Sellers
Julia Foster
Julian Chagrin
John Bluthal
Valentine Dyall
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