HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Haunted House Elf
Lost & Found
Reformation
Abyss, The
Agent 505: Death Trap in Beirut
Lured
Jem and the Holograms
Burning of Red Lotus Monastery, The
Bag Boy Lover Boy
Sleepless Night
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Robbery
Tag
Never Back Down
Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars
Kriminal
It Comes at Night
Strangled
Mojin - The Lost Legend
Poison Ivy
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Union Station
My Brother Talks to Horses
Storks
Big Sick, The
Phantom Creeps, The
Houseboat
White Dress for Mariale, A
Wall, The
Deadline at Dawn
   
 
Newest Articles
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
   
 
  Cuckoo Patrol, The Scout AboutBuy this film here.
Year: 1967
Director: Duncan Wood
Stars: Freddie Garrity, Peter Birrell, Roy Crewdson, Bernie Dwyer, Derek Quinn, Kenneth Connor, John Le Mesurier, Victor Maddern, Arthur Mullard, Ernest Clark, Basil Dignam, Michael Brennan, Neil McCarthy, Peggy Ann Clifford, Jack Lambert, Patsy Snell
Genre: Musical, Comedy
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: "Cuckoo!" goes the cry as Freddie (Freddie Garrity) marches the streets to gather his fellow boy scouts, and before long all five of them have assembled in the scout hut and are getting on the nerves of the second-in-command, Wick (Kenneth Connor). But that's a two way street, and the lads are also irritated by the verbally scathing Owly (Anthony Buckingham), who starts ordering them about to pack up the tents so the troop can go camping; the solution is to teach Owly a lesson, so when Wick appears and wonders where his shouting is coming from, then sees the packed up tent, he fears the worst...

Don't worry, the kid is just locked in the cupboard, but that's the way Cuckoo Patrol begins, one of the goofiest star vehicles for one of the goofiest British bands of the sixties, then riding high at the time this was made as a success story across the world. Unfortunately for them, release was held up and by the time it actually escaped into cinemas there was a distinct lack of Freddie and the Dreamers in the charts - it's easy to forget how quickly the pop business moved on in that decade, so while the Beatles and the Stones kept up with the times, Freddy Garrity and his band of cheeky chappies were yesterday's men by 1967.

Not that they disappeared forever, as they continued to make appearances in showbiz for a good few years afterwards, with Freddie in particular making a name for himself in children's television, but it was clear their musical heyday was over. Yet keeping that kids entertainers notion in mind, you could see from Cuckoo Patrol where they played some decidedly overage scouts that they really had a knack for family entertainment, sure they were no actors, but their guiless enthusiasm for the material, which they came up with by themselves (shaped by Scottish TV veteran Lew Scwharz), proved they had a lot to offer, so it was a shame this pretty much sank without trace.

The trouble was that Freddie and the Dreamers were viewed as a novelty act thanks mostly to their silly dancing and cheery tunes, not a reputation dispelled by this film, so you can well understand why it was not cool, and probably never would be, to say you were a fan. But the fact remained that if you wanted some easy laughs and daft humour, this supplied them more than adequately as the boys venture out on their own to deliver the camping equipment. Predictably they get lost, accidentally finding themselves stuck in an empty removal van and winding up in the middle of nowhere, whereupon you have something akin to a British comic road movie as they encounter various character actors in episodic fashion.

Freddie and bandmate Peter Birrell (a highly amusing comedic presence, if on the amateur side) have to negotiate a pair of tag team wrestlers under the impression they're performing scoutlike good deeds (keeping their glasses on as they're flung about), then they all meet some equally overage girl guides but their singsong (this was a musical too, sort of) gets interrupted by their leader who ridiculously calls the none more innocent Freddie a "ravening monster!" for daring to cosy up to her girls. But the robbers (Victor Maddern and Arthur Mullard) who fool them into thinking they're helping them break into their own safe when it's not at all (the actual safecracking gets quite surreal) make up the most significant part of the plot, and if this is not exactly ambitious, it is nicely delivered so if you're not one bothered about what's the in thing to enjoy, Cuckoo Patrol could tickle the funny bone in its lighthearted way. Music by Kenny Graham, with songs by the Dreamers (Freddie is credited as Frederick for that for some reason).
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2592 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: