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The Intelligence Men (1965)

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Asher

Writers:

Sidney Green (screenplay) (as S.C. Green), Richard Hills (screenplay) (as R.M. Hills) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Morecambe ... Eric Morecambe
Ernie Wise ... Ernie Sage
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Colonel Grant
April Olrich 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
Brian Oulton ... Laundry Basket Man
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Sinister Stranger
Peter Bull ... Philippe
Tutte Lemkow ... Seedy Schlecht Agent
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Storyline

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead Major Cavendish who had managed to infiltrate the dreaded organization; he knows that they are intending to assassinate someone - could it be the famous Russian ballerina who has recently arrived for an appearance at Covent Garden? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Spylarks See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the Military Intelligence operatives in the communications room are named as Green and Hills, a nod to the writers Sidney Green and Richard Hills. Sid and Dick are also the duo during Eric's espresso bar singing scene. See more »

Goofs

During the cinema scene the position of the dead Schlect agent changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Eric Morecambe: [on seeing that Phillipe, who is sitting next to him, has just collapsed into his soup after being poisoned] Waiter!
Ernie Sage: Yes?
Eric Morecambe: I have a complaint to make.
Ernie Sage: What?
Eric Morecambe: There's a dead man in this soup.
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Connections

Featured in Morecambe & Wise: In Their Own Words (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Danse Espagnol
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Philip Green
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Stupid dopey and dumb, and I LOVED every minute of it.
30 June 2004 | by bucksixSee all my reviews

I first saw this on the late show quite a a few years ago. I laughed so hard and loud that I woke up my wife and kids. I devoured TV Guide for the next six months until I found it on again and let the tape roll. This was long before the vhs vcrs we now have. Over the years, the tape got lost and I was heartsick. Not long ago, I found a dvd of it on Amazon.UK. It was of course PAL, Region 2. Then I found a region free, PAL and NTSC dvd player. Now several hundred dollars later, I can watch Spy Larks (British title The Intelligence Men)whenever I please, and I please often.

I see Eric was voted the funniest performer in the UK for the 20th century. Well deserved. That he is now dead is our great loss, but I have learned that he died of a heart attack while performing on stage. If God was not a comedy fan before, He is now.


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