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Up the Chastity Belt (1971)


upthechastitybeltIn the second of the new Up . . .  series, Frankie Howerd plays Lurkalot, a humble serf born of nobility who sells chastity belts in the local market and tries to protect his master Sir Coward de Custard. He goes off to the crusades and has fun with Scheherazade and his various ladies and gentlemen in this send-up of historical fact.

A glance at the credits – produced by Ned Sherrin, script by Sid Colin, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, score by Carl Davis – raises one’s hopes for this medieval incarnation of Frankie Howerd’s TV hit Up Pompeii!.

But, sadly, expectations are soon dashed as it becomes clear that Lurkalot is a pale imitation of his ancient ancestor Lurcio, and that there are few comic highlights to brighten these “dark ages”.

As dependent as he was on handcrafted material, Howerd looks very ordinary beside the infinitely more versatile supporting cast of top character comics.

Lurkalot/King Richard Lionheart
Frankie Howerd
Sir Coward de Custard
Graham Crowden
Sir Braggart de Bombast
Bill Fraser
Nick the Pick
Roy Hudd
Robin Hood
Hugh Paddick
Lady Ashfodel
Anna Quayle
Fred Emney
Landlord of the Blue Boar
Dave King
Reporter (Our Man in the Holy Land)
Lance Percival
Mistress of the Bed Chamber
Nora Swinburne
Archbishop of All England
Godfrey Winn
Royce Mills
Winifred (Winnie The Pooh)
Veronica Clifford
Teutonic Knight
Iain Cuthbertson
Derrick Griffiths
Eartha Kitt
Judy Huxtable
Billy Walker
Maid Marian
Rita Webb
Anne Aston
Little John
Long John Baldry
Toby Lennon
Sir Grumbell de Grant
David Prowse
Friar Tuck
Alan Rebbeck
Chris Sandford
Will Scarlet
Bernard Sharpe
Peter Straker

Bob Kellett