Saturday, 15 August 2015

ERNIE (THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST)...



Ah, BENNY HILL.  Considered politically in-
correct in his later years by younger purveyors of
so-called 'alternative' comedy (more an alternative
to comedy some might say),  the bold Benny was
nevertheless one of Britain's comedy greats.

Here he is in one of his finest moments.

11 comments:

Phil said...

I found his movie spoofs and songs to be hilarious.

Kid said...

I've got a CD with a lot of his 'songs', called 'Benny Hill Sings?'. There's some clever word play in them, and the tunes ain't bad either.

Colin Jones said...

What a classic and it was a No.1 hit too. Today's Top 40 is too painfully cool to ever have fun songs like this in it. And he's right - pasteurised is best 'cause it keeps longer :)

Kid said...

He used that line in another of his songs as well, CJ. Ol' Benny wasn't against recycling.

B Smith said...

A rather good write-up about Mr Hill can be found here, if you're in the mood...

http://www.nickelinthemachine.com/2012/01/benny-hill-and-the-windmill-theatre-in-great-windmill-street-soho/

Rip Jagger said...

Much enjoyed Bennie Hill when I discovered him on late-night television after landing at college. The show was unashamedly zany and naughty and often funny, and despite the critics, funny always wins.

Rip Off

Kid said...

Thanks, BS, I'll have a read of that later today.

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I understand that Benny Hill was really popular in the States, Rip. One of our more successful exports.

Colin Jones said...

I see that Ernie uses a horse and cart to deliver the milk - did anybody still do that in 1971 ? I was born in '66 so 1971 is on the earliest fringes of my memory - when I was a kid milkmen used those slow-moving milk floats. Talking of horses, our milkman delivered a loaf of bread too and one day when I was about 10 we came back from town and saw a horse standing outside our front door - the cheeky bugger had just scoffed an entire loaf of bread left by the milkman. We lived in a village so the horse must have escaped from a field.

Kid said...

There may have been a few milkmen who still used horses, CJ. After all, the police still occasionally use them today, despite all the cars and vans at their command. However, the video is built around the words, and the horse is merely a visual accompaniment to the line '...and didn't "alf kick his 'orse", so put it down to artistic licence.

Arfon Jones said...

Benny did deliver milk in his early years, I always assumed this was his own tribute those days. Besides, he didn’t like cars... I’ve always regarded Mr Hill to be overlooked. I’ve seen people who had never seen his show simply disregard it. Very sad.

Kid said...

It's sad that many of the programmes and stars that made our childhoods so special are unknown to today's generstion, AJ.

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