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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: The Avengers cameo in a Cliff Richard film Reply with quote

Phil Ellis has just drawn my attention to the fact that there's an audio-only cameo by Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg in the soppy 1966 romantic comedy musical, Finder Keepers.

I endured the film and found that at the 35:41 mark, Robert Morley and Graham Stark activate one of the bugs they've planted in their hotel to tune in to Cliff's room, but accidentally tune into The Avengers instead.

I immediately identified it as a snippet of The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse and have updated my site accordingly.(https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-4/the-strange-case-of-the-missing-corpse.html)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://youtu.be/gY8ox3K8zbk?t=35m40s

It's not a film I've ever been aware of.

Morley would have been great in the Avengers.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
https://youtu.be/gY8ox3K8zbk?t=35m40s

It's not a film I've ever been aware of.

Morley would have been great in the Avengers.


That's the copy of the film I watched. Indeed, I've never weatched ANY Cliff Richard films. although I have Expresso Bongo in my backlog purely for supporting artiste identification purposes.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Darren wrote:
https://youtu.be/gY8ox3K8zbk?t=35m40s

It's not a film I've ever been aware of.

Morley would have been great in the Avengers.


That's the copy of the film I watched. Indeed, I've never weatched ANY Cliff Richard films. although I have Expresso Bongo in my backlog purely for supporting artiste identification purposes.

Brumburgers!!!*

*You need to see Cliff starring with Debbie Watling in Take Me High, if for no other reason than the impressive cast
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The biggest little mouthful in the land"!

I would have seen most, if not all, of Cliff Richard's films at some time, the latest Cliff release was an annual event when I was growing up (as was the latest Norman Wisdom film and the latest Carry On...). I enjoyed them at the time but I agree that Take Me High is really the only one watchable today, it's the only one I have the DVD of. A very over-the-top performance by Hugh Griffith, worthy of an Avengers diabolical mastermind, is particularly noteworthy. Anthony Andrews "singing"... not so much.

Returning to Finders Keepers: it sparks no recognition with me now but the scene is interesting in that it demonstrates just how famous The Avengers had become at that time.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent news, Piers. After so many years, amazing things are discovered. Interesting, it gives some food for thought. What if the director of the episode The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse was actually be Sidney Hayers, rather than James Hill. Confused Frankly, I always doubted for James Hill.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the James Hill credit is based on it being filmed on the same set as Honey for the Prince and it seems unlikely they'd change the crew for a quickie like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree, Piers, they would hardly change most of the crew for it. Wink But it is likely that for many episodes of the season 4 worked two directors for every (as in the case of late episodes). For example, Sidney Hayers could shoot some scenes for Honey for the Prince and he could be entrusted with the work for this mini-film if James Hill was able not do it for some reason (for example he could have a limit schedule and so he did not have the opportunity to shoot mini-film because of work on another project). In whole, there are a lot of possible reasons.
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