Admirers of the sort of comedy produced by Terry-Thornas or Eric Sykes will find much please in this slapstick farce. It’s a classic British comedy with Thomas, Eric Sykes, Lionel Jeffries and Ronnie Barker. What’s not to love?
Private detective and commercial photographer J Barker-Rynde (Terry-Thomas) loves good food and money.
He is called to Green Glades – a country hotel (filmed on location at Aldenham House, Elstree in Hertfordshire) – to aid wealthy widow Margaret Clifford (Anna Russell), only to find that he must endure the hotel’s nature-cure diet, avoid alcohol, drink carrot juice and do exercises under physical training instructor Rumbelow (Eric Sykes).
When the widow is found poisoned, and her secretary is nearly murdered too, Rynde and Rumbelow join forces to win a reward the hotel manager, Dr Julian Crossley (Dennis Price), offers to whoever catches the killer before a clueless police inspector (Lionel Jeffries) and his assistant (Ronnie Barker) can do so.
Captain J. (Jeroboam) Barker-Rynde
Dr Julian Crossley
Detective Inspector Hook
Nurse Arthur Richards
Detective Constable Burton
Mrs Rachel Crossley
Green Glades Barman
Mrs Margaret Clifford