The Magnificent Two

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The Magnificent Two
"The Magnificent Two" (1967).jpg
British quad poster by Arnaldo Putzu
Directed by Cliff Owen
Produced by Hugh Stewart
Written by Dick Hills and Sid Green
Michael Pertwee
Peter Blackmore
Based on a story by Michael Pertwee
Starring Eric Morecambe
Ernie Wise
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Gerry Hambling
Distributed by Rank
Release date
5 July 1967 (London) (UK) (premiere)
Running time
100 min.
Language English

The Magnificent Two also known as What Happened at Campo Grande? is a 1967 British comedy film directed by Cliff Owen and starring Morecambe and Wise in the third and final of their 1960s trio of films.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Two British Action Men traveling salesmen are sent to the South American country of Parazuellia to sell their goods. During the train journey Eric accidentally opens a door leading to the death of the returning English educated Torres who is the figurehead of a revolutionary movement and a government secret policeman arresting him. Upon arrival in the city of Campo Grande, Eric is mistaken by the revolutionaries for Torres, and though they discover the death of the real Torres they pay Eric and Ernie to maintain Eric's impersonation of Torres to lead a revolution to oust a brutal dictator.[2] However once the revolution is successful Eric gains an inflated opinion of himself.


The film was shot at Black Park,[3] the Longmoor Military Railway[4] and Pinewood Studios.


Critical reception[edit]

Time Out wrote, "in which the comedians' special talents are woefully misused. At least Cliff Owen keeps it pacy, making it the least awful of the trio of movies in which the duo failed to take the cinema by storm";[5] and TV Guide described it as a "fair comedy."[6]


  1. ^ "The Magnificent Two". BFI. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Magnificent Two (1967)". IMDb. 14 September 1967. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Fielder, Harry 'Aitch' & Saunders, Clive Extra, Extra, Read All About It!: My Life as a Film and TV Extra Andrews UK Limited, 24 Jul 2015
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  5. ^ "The Magnificent Two". Time Out London. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Magnificent Two". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 October 2014.