is a 1965 The Intelligence Men comedy film starring the British comic duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
The film is subtitled "
M.I.5 plus 2 equals 0". In the US, the film was retitled as The Spylarks.
The film was successful enough to enable Morecambe and Wise to make two further films -
and That Riviera Touch . The Magnificent Two
Eric is happily serving espresso in his London coffee bar when a strange-looking man (Lemkow) tries to persuade him to remember a tune as a clue to some evil plot. Unfortunately, Eric is
tone-deaf. Ernie Sage (Wise) enters the coffee bar and Eric tries to get him to identify the tune, without much success. Eventually Sage realises that this could be something to do with a forthcoming visit by a Russian trade delegation and an assassination attempt by an organisation known as "Schlecht" to sabotage this mission. He reports this to his superiors in [1 ] Military Intelligence (although he is little more than an office-boy), and they reluctantly agree that only Eric, having heard the tune, will be able to lead them to the centre of the plot. Eric is persuaded to pose as a British agent – the recently deceased Major Cavendish – who had managed to infiltrate Schlecht. After a few set-piece comedy interludes, the tune is identified and the plot switches to a performance of , the projected venue for the assassination. This section provides some of the funniest moments of the film- for example Eric, masquerading as a Russian, adopts a broad Scottish highland accent; during the ballet performance itself, Eric and Ernie, dressed in Egyptian costumes, get mixed up in the " Swan Lake Dance of the Little Swans". Finally, however, the villain is unmasked and all is well. Eric returns happily to his coffee bar.
Reception [ edit ]
Leslie Halliwell awarded the film no stars, describing it as an "inept and rather embarrassing big-screen debut for two excellent television comedians". [2 ]
The film was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1965.
^ this is German for "bad" or "evil", although there is little evidence of German involvement
^ Halliwell, Lesle (1997). Halliwell's Film and Video Guide. Harper Collins. p. 379. ISBN 0-00-638779-9.
^ "Most Popular Film Star." Times [London, England] 31 Dec. 1965: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
External links [ edit ]
Associates & co-atars
(BBC, 1943 guest appearances) Youth Must Have Its Swing
(BBC, 1953–54 guest appearances) You're Only Young Once
(BBC, 1955 guest appearances) The Show Goes On
(BBC, 1955 one series) The Morecambe & Wise Show
(BBC, 1958 guest appearances) Laughter Incorporated
(BBC, 1966 one series) The Morecambe & Wise Show
(BBC, 1971 one-off) Morecambe & Wise Sing Flanagan & Allen
(BBC, 1972 one series) Eric & Ernie Play Morecambe & Wise
(BBC, 1974 one series) Eric & Ernie's Hall of Fame
(BBC, 1975–78 three series) The Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Show
(BBC, 1987–88 two series) Wise on the Wireless
(Rank Organisation, 1965 The Intelligence Men The Spylarks U.S.)
(Rank Organisation, 1966) That Riviera Touch
(Rank Organisation, 1967) The Magnificent Two
(BBC, Wise only, 1968) Pick of the Year
(Hemdale Films & Shillingford Associates, 1970 cameo appearances only) Simon, Simon
(Independent, 1973 live stage show) Morecambe & Wise: Live!
(Moving Image Co., 1981 Morecambe Only) Late Flowering Love
(Moving Image Co., 1982 Morecambe Only) Invasion Exercise On The Poultry Farm
(Thames Euston Films, 1983) Night Train to Murder
(Moving Image Co., 1984 Morecambe only) The Passionate Pilgrim
(1968, Both) The Morecambe & Wise Joke Book
(1973, both) Eric & Ernie: The Autobiography of Morecambe & Wise
(1977, Both) The Morecambe & Wise Special
(1979, Both) Eric & Ernie's Fun Book
(1981, Morecambe) Mr Lonely
(1981, Both) There's No Answer To That!
(1982, Morecambe) Over the Moon...Sick as a Parrot
(1982, Morecambe) The Reluctant Vampire
(1983, Morecambe) The Vampire's Revenge
(1984, Morecambe) Eric Morecambe on Fishing
(1986, Morecambe, with Gary Morecambe) Stella
(1990, Wise) Still On My Way To Hollywood
(Gary Morecambe, 1982) Eric Morecambe: Funny Man
(1985, Joan Morecambe) Morecambe & Wife
(1994, Gary Sterling) Morecambe & Wise: Behind the Sunshine
(1998, William Cook) Eric & Ernie: The Authorised Biography
(1999, Gary Morecambe) Memories of Eric
(1999, Graham McCann) Morecambe & Wise: The Official Biography
(2008, William Cook) Morecambe & Wise: Untold
(2011, Robert Sellers) Little Ern!: The Authorised Biography of Ernie Wise
(2013, Gary Morecambe) Eric & Ernie: The Morecambe & Wise Story
(2014, Charles Wallace) Who Killed Eric Morecambe?
(1998, Eddie Braben) Morecambe & Wise: A Celebration
(1999, Jeremy Novak) You Can't See The Join
(2004, Gary Morecambe) Life's Not Hollywood, It's Cricklewood
(2005, Gary Morecambe) Eric Morecambe: Lost Treasures
(2005, Gary Morecambe) Morecambe Unseen: The Lost Diaries, Jokes & Photographs
(2010, Gary Morecambe) You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
(2011, Smiths) The World of Morecambe & Wise
(2012, Gary Morecambe) Lost & Found
(2013, Michael Fountain) Driving Mr. Morecambe
(2013, Eddie Braben) Eddie Braben's Morecambe & Wise Book
(Thames,1984) Bring Me Sunshine:A Gala Evening
(BBC, 1994) Bring Me Sunshine: Morecambe & Wise
(BBC, 1995) I Worked With Morecambe & Wise...And Look What Happened To Me!
(Carlton, 2001) The Unforgettable Eric Morecambe
(BBC, 1996) The Adventures of Morecambe & Wise
(ITV, 1995) Morecambe & Wise: Encore!
(Gold, 2008) Morecambe & Wise: Greatest Moments
(BBC, 2010) Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes
(Carlton, 2011) The Unforgettable Ernie Wise
(Gold, 2012) Bring Me Morecambe & Wise
List of joint appearances
(BBC, 1973) Fools Rush In
(BBC, 1973) Parkinson
(Thames, 1978) The Sweeney: Hearts & Minds
(ITV, 1981) Atari Computer Advertisements
(BBC Arena, 1990) The Importance of Being Ernie
(BBC, 1998) The Sunshine Boys
(BBC, 1999) The Heart & Soul of Eric Morecambe
(Theatre, 2001) The Play What I Wrote
(BBC, 2007) Morecambe & Wise : In Their Own Words
(BBC, 2008) Morecambe & Wise : The Show What Paul Merton Did
(Theatre, 2009) Morecambe
(BBC Films, 2010) Eric & Ernie
(BBC, 2012) Morecambe & Wise: Song & Dance
(BBC, 2013) The Perfect Morecambe & Wise
(BBC, 2014) Morecambe & Wise: In Pieces