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Production

Episode: 21
Date: February 7, 1974
Time: 48:36
Musical Director:
Vocals: The Ladybirds
Choreography:
Producer: John Robins
Director: John Robins
Writer: Benny Hill

Episode

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Highlights

  • Quickies with Benny as the hillbilly Abner
  • The Minstrel Boy
  • Mr. TV Times Contest
  • Benny impersonates famous American comedian W.C. Fields with Cheryl Gilham as Mae West.

Cast

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Quotes

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  • Benny Hill - "My philosophy is live every day as if it were your last because some day you will be right."

  • Benny Hill - "If I come home early, my wife thinks I'm up to something. If I come home late, I've had it."

  • Benny Hill - "My wife has a figure like a Venus... pencil."

  • Benny Hill - "Once upon a time there were two China men.... Now, look how many there are."

  • Benny Hill - "I called the wife to go and see if it was raining. She said call in the dog and see if it's wet."

  • Benny Hill - "You know what people have no imagination? The parents of Efrem Zimbalist Jr.."

  • Benny Hill - "I woke up this morning and had my coffee with two lumps.... The wife and her mother."

  • Leslie Goodie - "Nearly all of your movies star men more than women. Are you against actresses?"
    Sam Spelier - "Not as often as I'd like!"

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  • Sam Speiler - "She was named after your Queen Victoria.... And not damn long after her either...."

  • Sam Speiler - "She was big. I mean everyone is entitled to be big, but she abused the privilege! She couldn't sing. She couldn't act...."
    Leslie Goodie - "What could she do?"?"
    Sam Spelier - "With great difficulty, stand up!"

  • Mae West - "My friends call me Angel... But not for long...."


  • W.C. Fields - "My father fought the last of the Mohicans. My father made the Brooklyn Bridge. He built the Empire State Building. What did you father ever make?"
    Mae West - "Look me over, big boy. Look me over...."


  • Lucy Confort - "It's not your Uncle Rastus, it's your intended, Lucy Confort. Let me in."
    Baby Boy - I can't let you into my boudoir on account I am in my pajamas."
    Lucy Confort - "Land sakes, Baby Boy... Why can't you open the door in your pajamas."
    Baby Boy - "Because I ain't got a door in my pajamas!"

  • Baby Boy - "You shouldn't be on my bed anyhow because I don't believe in that sort of stuff.... Not before marriage anyway.... And none too sure after either!"




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  • Sir Lou - "These hands will someday find gold, and by the looks of those nails, you've started digging already."

Trivia

  • The Opening Quickie is a commercial spoof for Gondor Tobacco with Benny Hill on a date with Claire Russell. It is possibly left over from December 27, 1973.
  • This episode is the first appearance of Diana Darvey on the show. She appears singing a song wearing a dress cut so low in back it would not be allowed by modern TV standards and practices. Benny accompanies her on bongos with intermittent quips and jokes.
  • This was the last episode in the series with Leslie Goldie.
  • This was also the last known episode for Manolo, a rarely used Benny Hill character. Henry McGee, Jackie Wright and Bella Emberg appear in the sketch with him.
  • A later Quickie features Bob Todd and Bella Emberg as spouses in a marriage counselor's waiting room who return to find his wife and her husband Cheryl Gilham and Benny Hill kissing each other.
    • Bob and Cheryl's characters are named the Dobbs.
  • The following Quickie has Bob Todd as a hillbilly patriarch with a wild daughter (Malou Cartwright) whose neighbor Zeke (basically Jed Jardine) comes looking to date her. The quickie is also possibly left over from December 27, 1973.
  • "Film Time at the Natural Film Theatre" is a parody of "The Movie Makers," a recurring series of interviews with major filmmakers and actors at the National Film Theatre that aired on the BBC between 1969 and 1976 sketch. Benny previously parodied the program as The Movie Shakers on November 24, 1971.

Sequence


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