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The Curse of the Claw 

Sir Kevin Orr is anxious to return the Sacred Claw of the Naga hills given him as a child by his uncle Jack but warned that unless it is returned before his sixtieth birthday the curse of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Franklin

Writers:

Michael Palin (by), Terry Jones (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Palin ... Kevin Orr / Uncle Jack
Hilary Mason ... Kevin's mother
Tenniel Evans ... Kevin's father
Keith Smith Keith Smith ... Captain Merson
Aubrey Morris ... Grosvenor
Nigel Rhodes Nigel Rhodes ... Young Kevin
Judy Loe ... Chief Petty Officer Russell
Bridget Armstrong ... Lady Agatha
Michael Stainton Michael Stainton ... Ship's stoker
Vanessa Furse Vanessa Furse ... Ship's Engineer
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Sir Kevin Orr is anxious to return the Sacred Claw of the Naga hills given him as a child by his uncle Jack but warned that unless it is returned before his sixtieth birthday the curse of the claw will kill him. He sets sail to return it but falls for the ship's female officer,who throws the claw overboard,killing everybody but Kevin. Years later the claw has returned and on his sixtieth birthday Kevin finds his wife Agatha dead,the claw beside her. He finally sends the claw back to the Naga hills,breaking the curse but sending him back in time to his childhood,his relatives still alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The original title of this episode was, "The Wreck of the Harvey Goldsmith". See more »

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It is established that the present day action takes place in 1926 on the narrator's 60th birthday. In his life story he says he was born in 1881, making him only 45 in 1926. See more »

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Music by Peter Knight
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The Curse of the Claw
21 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Palin and Jones make another spoof. A country house, a randy butler and a curse.

Sir Kevin Orr and the butler both miss his late wife. When an expedition to India that has lots its way knock on his door late one rainy night. Orr sees that as a sign, the tribe from Naga Hills in Burma could lift a curse.

Orr received the Sacred Claw as a child by his uncle Jack who warned that unless it is returned to the Naga Hills before his sixtieth birthday, the curse will kill him.

This instalment has repressive parents who see sex in everything. A mucky uncle who carries all the diseases known to man and a ship's mate who has two lumps of fat growing in his chest. She had no idea what they were!

A humorous edition but not outstanding. The crew of the ship who were all 'men' were easy on the eye. There was a nice timey wimey twist at the end.


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