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The Magic Christian
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Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite
Spike Tudor-Pole
Everything Goes Back To Spike
OK Again, After Spike Of Success
For One Week Only
The Ugliest House In The World
Comedian, Campaigner and Philosopher
Pythons' Tribute To Goon Legend Spike
Did You Hear The One About...
Comic Genius
Spike: An Intimate Memoir
Me and My Dad, Spike
Fry's Milligan memories
Parsons Toasts A 'Comic Icon'
The Prince And The Comic
Stars Pay Tribute...
Gospel According To St Matthew
Sonnet XXX
Here's That Rainy Day
Guide Me
A Truly Remarkable Interview
Simply Spike
Slan Leat, Lance Corporal Milligan
Goon But Not Forgotten
Goon But Not Forgotten...Take 2
In Memoriam
Ever The Old Flatterer!
Crystal Palace Bulletin Board Messages
Danny Bakers Message Board
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Rename The Thames...
Medics Win Spike Milligan Trophy
His Part In Our Lives
Compassionate Comic Genius
Australian Reviews - Three Books On Spike Milligan
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London Statue
Woy Woy Peninsula
Draining The Mirror
Spike Milligans Great Grandfather?
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The War
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It's Behind You! Mother Goose
Mukkinese Battle Horn
Down Among The Z Men
Watch Your Stern
Invasion Quartet 1961
What A Whopper 1961
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The Bed Sitting Room
The Magic Christian
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Ghost In The Noonday Sun
Great McGonagall
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Digby - The Biggest Dog In The World
Scene 17
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78 Not Out
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Under The Influence...
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An Apple A Day
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Cure For The Common Cold
On The Muppet Show
An Evening With Spike Milligan
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Spike and Milligan
Poke A Penguin
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Spikefest UK 2004
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And Finally

Described as antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto.


The late 1960s were fertile territory for the late satirist Terry Southern, whose novels The Magic Christian and Candy were adapted within a year of each other.

Both adaptations sheared away some of Southern's more acidic tendencies in favor of all-star, plotless comedy skits strung together by slender storylines, though the end results are as different as night and day.

While Candy strives to be a mod, continental exercise in pop sci-fi erotica, this outing instead feels like a celebrity edition of Monty Python's Flying Circus gone completely off the rails (which makes sense, as Pythonites John Cleese and Graham Chapman both co-wrote and appeared onscreen), coupled with good old English slapstick (courtesy of Peter Sellers) and a catchy pop soundtrack courtesy of Badfinger, an ill-fated band designed to cash in on the popularity of the Beatles.

Fortunately their theme song, "Come and Get It" (written by the unmistakable hand of Paul McCartney), is one of the catchiest ever written and kicks the film off in high style, even if the following events don't always live up to it.

While strolling through the park, eccentric millionaire Sir Guy Grand (Sellers) strikes up a friendship with an amiable bum, Youngman (Ringo Starr), whom Guy adopts as his own son.

Together they decide to test the limits of human greed by offering money to an increasingly bizarre assortment of characters who debase themselves completely for a little green.

After attending a striptease version of Hamlet with Laurence Harvey and displaying most un-English bad manners at restaurants and auctions, the father and son wreak pandemonium aboard the maiden voyage of the Magic Christian, a vessel populated by topless slavegirls (ordered by "Priestess of the Whip" Raquel Welch), a stampeding vampire (Christopher Lee), and a scary chanteuse (Yul Brynner in drag) hitting on a jittery Roman Polanski.

Back on land, humanity is put to one final, scatalogical test of avarice courtesy of a giant vat of... well, you'll have to see for yourself.