Now it's been brought to my attention that both you and Sergeant Brown (Spike Milligan) have been going around town, searching for a stolen Mukkinese Battle-Horn.
Well, if you are doing such a thing, Superintendent Quilt (Peter Sellers)! Hurry up, will you? After all, we at Scotland Yard can't have our top two investigators acting so slowly. And deep down inside I'm sure you can do a lot better than you actually are. Especially since exposition, exposition, exposition, blah-blah-blah, superfluous plot-point!
So this is what I want you to do next. I want the both of you to stop questioning idiots, museum curators (Dick Emery), silent film stars, as well as that blonde lady with the massive... ahum... hands. And then when you've got some time to spare please pop on over to the local musical shop, and see if they have any stolen Mukkinese Battle-Horn's for sale.
You got that? Good. Although that's most probably why what next transpires comes crashing through your window with a brick attached to it. As Minnie and Henry hear a knock at their door - a useless suspect falls down on the floor - please don't read this sentence as it doesn't make sense - and at the end of the day, is it just me, or are those two policemen rather dense?
Now I'm afraid to say I'm having a spot of difficulty writing this review on 'The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn'. And the main reason I say this, dear reader, is because it is fairly difficult to explain to you how much I actually loved watching this comedy.
So do you see why I faltered with my review, movie mates? I faltered because from that point onwards all I could think of was how this flick was similar to other more recent comedies. Like the Python films for instance -- mainly because the same team of actors played multiple roles in each case. Plus to some degree the 'Carry On' films as well -- what with the way the humour on offer was more daring and witty than the overall sequence of events.
Well, let's face it. From a narrative point of view this tale was about two investigators looking for a stolen musical instrument. And they go about doing this by questioning a number of suspects who are more jovial by nature than informative by plot.
Not that this is a bad thing of course. If anything this is a really good thing. Because it gave Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan -- as well as Dick Emery -- a chance to show the world an illustration of 'The Goon Show' if it were ever transposed onto the silver screen. What's more, it also allowed them the opportunity to play about with the medium -- as seen in the silent movie segment -- as well as the nature of words -- specially, witty word play.
Overall I'd say 'The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn' was an extremely funny film. The comedy on offer has to be seen to be believed. The story-line wasn't that bad considering it was an early Goon attempt at perverting cinema. And all in all -- yeah -- good job -- I just wished that it was a bit longer in length.
THE RATING: A-