They Were Collaborators #31

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Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

6 comments:

Rob said...

God I miss those two! Bedazzled is one of my faves - try explaining the Leaping Nuns segment to obtuse relatives, and you'll realize just how far out they were. Besides, they were Finsburys. Or the Mawwiage speech.

BCNU,
Rob in Dago

Brent McKee said...

Sad that so little of "Not Only... But Also" survives to show their brilliance together. It was probably their most innovative work as a team.

BTW, did you guys change layout a bit? Change back a little please. Having the text but right up against the edge of the screen is a bit hard to read.

Anonymous said...

Peter Cook was the Orson Welles of comedy

Tom Sutpen said...

Rob wrote:

God I miss those two! Bedazzled is one of my faves - try explaining the Leaping Nuns segment to obtuse relatives, and you'll realize just how far out they were. Besides, they were Finsburys. Or the Mawwiage speech.

*****
I love just about everything Cooke & Moore did (well, except for that hideous "Hound of the Baskervilles" they did with Paul Morrissey), but far and away my favorite work of theirs were the gloriously obscene, virulently politically incorrect "Derek & Clive" LPs from the 1970s; the albums that definitively closed the door on the epoch of so-called Sick Humor for good.

I can't imagine an established comedy team such as they were recording something similar today and not getting run out of the business, or at least not getting themselves exiled to the margins of show business for it.

And yes, I see that as tragic.

Tom Sutpen said...

Someone wrote:

Peter Cook was the Orson Welles of comedy

*****
Man, whoever you are, that is not far from the truth. Cook virtually defined the term 'underappreciated genius'.

swac said...

Hmmm...there's a Region 2 DVD of Not Only...But Also material. Time to go hunting for a used copy. I need to see Moore's parody of the Tom Jones Show, only he's playing Ludwig Van Beethoven instead. And their parody of Thunderbirds (Superthunderstingcar), where Cook tells a padded Moore dangling from thick strands of yarn,"You need to lose weight, your strings are showing!"

The first time I heard Cook and Moore was on CBC Radio's late, lamented Gilmour's Albums, doing their bit about the world's worst restaurant, The Frog and Peach. I thought I was going to die laughing. Then I saw them doing their one-legged Tarzan audition in one of those Secret Policeman's Balls concert films, and again, laughing to the point of pain. Too bad things between them got bitter towards the end, but at least there's a decent body of work, from Beyond the Fringe to Derek and Clive.

Now where's that Bedazzled DVD? C'mon Fox, you blew your chance when the remake came out!