A limp and shoddy farce in which neither Sellers' lifeless double-role mugging, nor a dire fish-out-of-water script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, encourage anything more than a deepening nostalgia for the straightfaced swashbuckling of previous adaptations of Anthony Hope's novel. Here the intrigues of Ruritanian royalty are conveyed with all the comic panache of an overlong Christmas variety show sketch on TV.
Cast and crew
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Peter Sellers Lynne Frederick Lionel Jeffries Elke Sommer Gregory Sierra Jeremy Kemp Catherine Schell Norman Rossington John Laurie