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Director  Robert Asher
Sequel  That Riviera Touch
Duration  
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Mystery
Music director  Philip Green
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  1965 (1965)
Writer  Sidney Green (screenplay), Richard Hills (screenplay), Peter Blackmore (story)
Cast  Eric Morecambe (Eric Morecambe), Ernie Wise (Ernie Sage), Warren Mitchell (Prozoroff), April Olrich (Madame Petrovna), Richard Vernon (Sir Edward Seabrook)
Similar movies  Related Robert Asher movies
Tagline  Their First and Fabulously Funny Film

The Intelligence Men is a 1965 comedy film starring the British comic duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

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The film is subtitled "M.I.5 plus 2 equals 0". In the US, the film was retitled Spylarks.

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The film was successful enough to enable Morecambe and Wise to make two further films - That Riviera Touch and The Magnificent Two.

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Plot

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Eric (Eric Morecambe) is happily serving espresso in his London coffee bar when a strange-looking man (Tutte Lemkow) tries to persuade him to remember a tune as a clue to some evil plot. Unfortunately, Eric is tone-deaf. Ernie Sage (Ernie Wise) enters the coffee bar and Eric tries to get him to identify the tune, without much success. Eventually Sage realises that this could be something to do with a forthcoming visit by a Russian trade delegation and an assassination attempt by an organisation known as "SCHLECHT" to sabotage this mission. He reports this to his superiors in Military Intelligence (although he is little more than an office-boy), and they reluctantly agree that only Eric, having heard the tune, will be able to lead them to the centre of the plot. Eric is persuaded to pose as a British agent – the recently deceased Major Cavendish – who had managed to infiltrate SCHLECHT. After a few set-piece comedy interludes, the tune is identified and the plot switches to a performance of Swan Lake, the projected venue for the assassination. This section provides some of the funniest moments of the film- for example Eric, masquerading as a Russian, adopts a broad Scottish highland accent; during the ballet performance itself, Eric and Ernie, dressed in Egyptian costumes, get mixed up in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Finally, however, the villain is unmasked and all is well. Eric returns happily to his coffee bar.

Cast

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  • Eric Morecambe - Eric
  • Ernie Wise - Ernie Sage
  • William Franklyn - Colonel Grant
  • April Olrich - Madame Petrovna
  • Gloria Paul - Gina Carlotti
  • Richard Vernon - Sir Edward Seabrook
  • David Lodge - Stage Manager
  • Jacqueline Jones - Karin
  • Terence Alexander - Reed
  • Francis Matthews - Thomas
  • Warren Mitchell - Prozoroff
  • Peter Bull - Philippe
  • Tutte Lemkow - Seedy SCHLECHT Agent
  • Brian Oulton - Laundry Basket Man
  • Michael Peake - Sinister Stranger
  • Reception

    Critic Leslie Halliwell awarded the film no stars, describing it as an "inept and rather embarrassing big-screen debut for two excellent television comedians".

    The film was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1965.

    References

    The Intelligence Men Wikipedia
    The Intelligence Men IMDb The Intelligence Men themoviedb.org


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