The Best of Benny Hill

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The Best of Benny Hill
The Best of Benny Hill cover.jpg
US DVD Cover
Directed byJohn Robins
Produced byJohn Robins
Roy Skeggs
Written byBenny Hill
StarringBenny Hill
Patricia Hayes
Henry McGee
Nicholas Parsons
Bob Todd
Jackie Wright
Music byBenny Hill
Boots Randolph
Distributed byEMI Films
Release date
Running time
83 min.

The Best of Benny Hill is a 1974 film version of material from the television comedy series The Benny Hill Show. This movie features sketches from the early Thames Television years from 1969-1973. All of the sketches in the film are from the episodes produced and directed by John Robins.

Some Sketches include:

  • Ye Olde Wishing Well (19 November 1969) - including an appearance by David Prowse
  • Lower Tidmarsh Hospital Service (19 November 1969)
  • Spuddo Blooper (19 November 1969) - parodies of television adverts, for products such as margarine and mashed potato.
  • "Throw Open" Blooper (19 November 1969)
  • The Life of Maurice Dribble (25 December 1969)
  • Tommy Tupper in Tupper-Time (4 February 1970) - a parody of Simon Dee and the chat show Dee Time
  • Song: "My Garden Of Love" (11 March 1970)
  • The Party Blooper (11 March 1970)
  • "After Dinner with Charlotte Fudge" Blooper (11 March 1970)
  • Boutique Mask Dance (28 October 1970)
  • Love Will Find A Way (27 January 1971, in b/w owing to the Colour Strike)
  • The Grass Is Greener (24 March 71)
  • Fred Scuttle's Health Farm and Keep Fit Brigade (23 February 1972)
  • Pierre De Tierre: Avant-Garde French Film Director (23 February 1972)
  • Chow-Mein at Customs and Immigration (23 February 1972)
  • Benny's All-Star Finale (23 February 1972) - including Benny Hill's impersonations of Nana Mouskouri, Moira Anderson and Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Escaped Convict Chase Sequence (23 February 1972)

This movie is similar to the 1971 film And Now For Something Completely Different which was a film spinoff from the television comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus featuring sketches from the Python's first two seasons; the difference is that the Pythons recreated all the sketches for the film, while this theatrical release used clips from the original shows. The original programmes were recorded on videotape (studio interiors) and shot on 16 mm film (location footage); the videotaped material was transferred to 35mm film as a telerecording, and the 16 mm footage was blown up to 35 mm.

The film was produced and released in 1974 by Thames Television Ltd. via its feature-film subsidiary Euston Films and originally distributed by EMI Films. Current Worldwide Distribution by Canal + Image UK LTD.

DVD releases[edit]

Anchor Bay Entertainment released the movie on DVD in 2001 for Region 1 format and was released by Network on DVD and Blu-Ray in Region 2 format in 2016.

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