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The Great McGonagall

  • Film

Time Out says

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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