Cucumber Castle (film)

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Cucumber Castle
Distributed by Robert Stigwood Organisation
Directed by Hugh Gladwish
Produced by Mike Mansfield
Written by Barry Gibb
Maurice Gibb
Starring Barry Gibb
Maurice Gibb
Eleanor Bron
Frankie Howerd
Music by Bee Gees
Cinematography Ben Knoll
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release date
  • 26 December 1970 (1970-12-26)
Running time 60 minutes

Cucumber Castle is a British comedy film starring The Bee Gees that aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1970.

History[edit]

By the time filming began in 1969, the Bee Gees were down to a trio consisting of Barry and Maurice Gibb and the drummer Colin Petersen. Robin Gibb quit the group earlier in the year following the release of the group's fourth album Odessa. Songs for the film were recorded during the summer of 1969 with Petersen on drums, but when filming began, he was fired from the group. His scenes from the film were cut and he is not credited on the accompanying album, though he does play on some songs.

Before the film was screened, there were some talk of re-shooting some scenes to include Robin Gibb and he suggested that he would like to play a court jester, but in the end, the film was shown in its original version.[1]

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around two heirs, Prince Frederick (Barry Gibb) and his brother Prince Marmaduke (Maurice Gibb), and their dying father (Frankie Howerd). On his death bed, The King orders his kingdom divided into two halves, the Kingdom of Jelly and the Kingdom of Cucumbers. Before the king even dies, Prince Frederick declares himself the "King of Cucumber" and Prince Marmaduke becomes the "King of Jelly". The film intersperses comedy sketches with Bee Gees songs plus performances by Lulu and Blind Faith with several cameo appearances. At the end, the king changes his mind and comes back, "I think these girls are working".

Cast[edit]

Songs[edit]

  1. "Don't Forget to Remember" by Bee Gees
  2. "Then You Left Me" by Bee Gees
  3. "I Was the Child" by Bee Gees
  4. "The Lord" by Bee Gees
  5. "My Thing" by Bee Gees
  6. "Morning of my Life" by Lulu
  7. "Mrs. Robinson" by Lulu
  8. "Well All Right" by Blind Faith

Home media[edit]

The title was briefly released in the U.S. in the early days of home video by the tiny label Video Tape Network, but quickly disappeared from sale, likely due to a licensing dispute. The tape was once cited by Video Review magazine as the rarest commercial release ever, and copies have fetched three figures on the collector's market. It has never since been officially released on home video in any form, though bootlegs have circulated for years.


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