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I think they caught him in mid-'Oooohh, Missus!'(have a great Thanksgiving, Ivan!)
When he was cast in the all-star turkey that was SGT PEPPER'S..., I could never figure why the'd cast an unknown in such a major (albeit doomed) project. That was many years ago and I have long since become a big fan! Just read a book on him and just watched the 1969 CARRY ON CHRISTMAS special!
He was undoubtedly cast for the benefit of UK audiences . . . to whom he was anything but unknown. It probably wasn't even that big a deal, relatively speaking. I would think, by release time, everyone at RSO and Universal Pictures were focused on getting the thing in and out of theaters without anyone noticing just how stinkola it was.They, of course, failed in this respect.
Actually, Tom, RSO bet the house on Sgt. Peppers. At the time, it was one of the largest pre-orders in history. Of course, it wasn't long before they were clipping the corners of the album sleeves and dumping them into Remainder bins all across the USA.
Frankie Howerd was a genuis -- UP POMPEII!
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