The Benny Hill Show

Season 3 Episode 1

Show 10

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1971 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Hill opens with a song at the Café St. Tropez; "Heart to Heart" featuring Hill as a priest; Bob Todd is thrown in the stock for impure thoughts in 1635 New England, only to have Hill come along with some of his own; and we go "At Home with Henry McGee" for an interview with Chow Mein. Also: a parody of a husband-and-wife cooking team; and "The Movie Shakers", with Mervyn Cruddy discussing his film career with Andree Melly.moreless

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  • Do we ever see a bad episode of this show? Another amazing episode.

    Benny's Bloopers see's more of the typical bloopers that we expect, including some commercials that go a little wrong, including Henry McGee getting in an insult he would use in the bloopers regularly as the director, and a vicar in an inflatable chair when things go wrong. Then Bob Todd is locked up while Benny keeps having wicked thoughts and beats Bob every time he has one. At Home With Henry McGee hee's him interview Benny who is in his Chow-Mein guise. We get all the usual banter here with Henry looking like an idiot despite his best efforts. Benny gives us a story from a book next, and there's some funny lines in this one. Next we see a sketch aboard a ship, as Jackie Wright once again gets the rough treatment from a crew more interested in the woman and causing trouble for the passengers than in helping them out. Watch in paticulair for Benny as the barman mixing up the drinks and getting a piece of fruit stuck somewhere he shouldn't have done. An excellent all round sketch this one. Fun in the Kitchen is the first sketch involving Benny as the woman cook and Bob Todd as her drunken husband. Bob is the star of this sketch, as he causes chaos with his drunken comments and fumbling around the kitchen. An amazing sketch on all accounts, it's hard not to hysterically laugh at Bob's comments.We end the show with an interview with Mervyn Cruddy, who is an actor who is a little full of himself. We see a clip from one of his films called The Lovers, and this one is another work of genius with a surprise ending. The scne ends with the interviewer ending up getting all the crowd's interest while Benny gets nothing. Overall another absolutely amazing, blowaway episode that you simply shouldn't avoid. I love this show.moreless
Jenny Lee-Wright

Jenny Lee-Wright

Regular Performer (1971-72, 1976-86)

Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Not sure if it's intentional or not (doesn't appear to be), but during the "Home Is The Hero" subsketch within "The Movie Shakers: Mervyn Cruddy" sketch, during his speech at the end there's a boom mic shadow obscuring most of Bob Todd's face.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Miss Abigail (Jenny Lee-Wright): Gaylord, I'm so proud of you. You've been out at the front, fightin' for peace.
      Gaylord (Benny): Well, now I'm home, I want a piece of what I've been fightin' for!

    • Miss Abigail (Jenny Lee-Wright): You see, Gaylord, I thought you was killed at the Battle of Fort Dix--
      Gaylord (Benny): Don't talk to me about the Battle of Fort Dix! I want to forget about the Battle of Fort Dix. I was at Fort Jackson at the time. . . . The message came through . . . the 30,000 of the enemy was surrounding our brothers at Fort Dix, and I turned around to my 40 men -- my 40 men, wounded and sick, lying there on the earth, and the grass, and the dirt, and the filth -- yecchh! -- and I says to 'em, "Get up, all you men, 'cause we goin' into Fort Dix. And we ain't goin' in there crawlin' on our bellies neither, we goin' in there marchin', men. [Music starts up] That's how we goin' in, marchin'. With our heads high, and the flags a-wavin', that's how we're goin' into Fort Dix. [Leroy (Henry McGee) enters from stage right] Through the heat of the day, we keepin' on marchin'. [Rufus (Bob Todd) enters from stage left, and the lights dim] To the cold of the night, we keep on marchin'. To the rivers and the swamps, with the mud and the water up to our bellies, we keepin' on marchin'. And we're goin' in there, singin' men, 'Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!' With our heads high, and the flags a-wavin', that's how we're goin' into Fort Dix. Come all you men! Into Fort Dix! Now! C'mon! C'mon! C'mon!" [Music ends] . . . but they wouldn't get up!
      [Leroy and Rufus pelt Gaylord mercilessly]

  • NOTES (6)

    • The "Cruising on the S.S. Rumpo" sketch was the first to feature the now-famous four-song medley of "Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo" (written by Giorgio Moroder of Donna Summer fame and originally recorded by a group called The Great Unknowns as released on Major Minor Records single #MM 658 in 1969), a 4/4 adaptation of Beethoven's "Für Elise," "Mah-Na, Mah-Na" (written by Piero Umiliani and originally in the 1968 movie Sweden Heaven and Hell; the song also had a long association with the Muppets) and "Gimme Dat Ding" (co-written by Albert Hammond who had a U.S. Top 10 hit in 1972 with "It Never Rains In Southern California," and co-wrote The Hollies' 1974 hit "The Air That I Breathe"). This medley, which would have a new version recorded once every few years, would become a mainstay of the show to the end. "Für Elise" had once been featured in another song medley (along with "Yakety Sax") in the original version of the "A Tribute to the Lower Tidmarsh Volunteer Fire Brigade" sketch from the black-and-white Show 6, and had been also used for the opening "Unfaithful Wife" quickie of Show 9 and the opening "Hotel Lift" quickie of this episode.

    • Thames repeated this episode on August 25, 1972.

    • This and the next show are the only editions from its run on Thames in which the words "Also appearing" are displayed within the cast credits.

    • This episode was taped on October 14, 1971.

    • This is the first edition of The Benny Hill Show on which Henry McGee was the opening announcer, and the first on which he uttered the now-famous line "Yes, it's The Benny Hill Show!"

    • The segment with Benny as poet St. John Bossom was leftover footage from production of Show 9.