The Great McGonagall (film)

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The Great McGonagall
The Great McGonagall poster.jpg
UK Quad
Directed by Joseph McGrath
Written by Joseph McGrath
Spike Milligan
Starring Spike Milligan
Peter Sellers
Julia Foster
John Bluthal
Victor Spinetti
Music by John Shakespeare
Distributed by Tigon British Film Productions
Release date
1974 (UK)
Running time
85 Mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Great McGonagall is a 1974 British comedy film directed by Joseph McGrath and starring Spike Milligan in the title role, Peter Sellers as Queen Victoria and Julia Foster as Mrs McGonagall.[1] It is a humorous biopic of the Scottish poet William McGonagall that includes several of McGonagall's actual poems, his appearing in the title role of Macbeth and his "improvement" of the Bard's plot, his pilgrimage to Balmoral Castle, the attempted assassination of Queen Victoria by Roderick McLean and a tribute to McGonagall from Lt Frederick Rollo of the Royal Scots in Zululand.[2]


On the DVD commentary Joseph McGrath recounted that the film was made in three weeks at Wilton's Music Hall in London, including one week of rehearsal. Peter Sellers was only on the film for one week. The film was produced by British pornography producer David Grant who forced McGrath to put in some nude scenes and used the film as a tax write off. McGrath also dubbed midget Charlie Atom's lines when he was unavailable for the dubbing of the film.

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