DirectorJoseph Sterling Music directorTed Astley LanguageEnglish
WriterJon Penington, Larry Stephens, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan Release date1956 ScreenplayPeter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens CastPeter Sellers (Assorted), Spike Milligan (Assorted), Dick Emery (Mr. Nodule) Similar moviesPeter Sellers appears in The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn and directed The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
TaglineFilmed in the wonder of Schizophrenoscope
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn is a 30-minute comedy film starring Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Dick Emery. The film was made in November 1955, and released in 1956.
Supposedly filmed in 'Schizophrenoscope', it concerns Inspector Quilt of Scotland Yard's attempts to retrieve a 'Mukkinese Battle-Horn' stolen from a London museum. Along the way he meets characters not dissimilar to Eccles, Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister from The Goon Show.
This attempt to adapt Goon humour to the big screen was written by Harry Booth, Jon Penington and regular Goon show co-writer Larry Stephens, from a story by Stephens, with additional material by Sellers and Milligan. Emery replaced Harry Secombe, who was too expensive for the film's low budget.
The budget of £4,500 was raised from Archway Film Distributors (£1,500); Peter Weingreen, who worked with Michael Deeley and Harry Booth on The Adventures of Robin Hood (£1,500); and Joseph Sterling, who wanted to direct (£1,500). Peter Sellers was paid £900.
The film was unable to secure a release in the US but screened widely as a supporting short in British cinemas. Michael Deeley says it remains the most profitable film he was ever associated with, returning its cost ten times over.