A forgotten British anthology film directed by Graham Stark including seven segments written by notable sitcom writers and comedians, with a host of familiar faces.
‘Avarice’ has Bruce Forsyth as Clayton, a chauffeur to a rich man who is required to retrieve a 50p coin that has fallen down a manhole cover. Cue some slightly tiresome shenanigans. You do get Carry On stars Bernard Bresslaw and Joan Sims in this segment though.
‘Envy’ has Harry Secombe and Carmel Cryan as Stanley and Vera, football pools winners who find the perfect house. The problem? The owners (played by Geoffrey Bayldon and June Whitfield) have no interest in selling.
So Stanley sets to work scheming to make the house their own. Envy is also a little tiresome and not terribly funny.
‘Gluttony’ is better, with Leslie Phillips as Dickie who works for a health food company but craves junk food, which he devours in secret whenever he can. It’s a strange premise but quite compelling in a weird way. Look out for Hammer babe Julie Ege in this story.
‘Lust’ has Harry H Corbett as Ambrose – a man looking for love who ends up in the Tube trying to chat up a bird, who is in the adjoining telephone box.
He pretends they have a crossed line and that he’s an old friend.
Corbett really lifts the material with his performance although the ending is terribly sad and emotionally brutal.
‘Pride’ has Ian Carmichael and Alfie Bass as two stubborn drivers who both refuse to back up when they come to a halt facing each other on a narrow country lane. This is no great shakes and seems to be trying to be a throwback to gentle Ealing style capers of yesteryear.
‘Sloth’ is a silent segment with Spike Milligan all about not being active. It’s watchable but would have outstayed its welcome with a longer running time. Look out for Ronnie Barker, Marty Feldman, Peter Butterworth and Hammer star Madeline Smith.
Finally, ‘Wrath’ has Ronald Fraser and Arthur Howard trying to blow up a park keeper played by Stephen Lewis from On the Buses. This one has an enjoyably dark coda.
Petrol Station Attendant
Harry H. Corbett
Girl with Glasses
Dolly Bird Typist