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Secombe's laughter [Sep. 18th, 2009|10:00 am]

Hello. This is a long shot, but here goes. Having listened to the Goon Shows you'll be well aware that Milligan, Sellers and Secombe all emit or suppress spontaneous laughter at some time or another.

Of the three, Secombe's laughter was the least suppressed, and is at times quite infectious. This is especially when he became helpless with laughter, which itself added to the joy of the show. There have been some particularly memorable moments of this kind, and I am seeking a lead for one in particular. This is one in which Secombe is in character as Neddie Seagoon. He is singing loudly to the sound of a big base drum beating 'boom boom boom...'. Suddenly he can't contain himself, and breaks into a sustained fit of laughter. I grew up listening to the Goons, and this is one of his most sustained fits of spontaneous laughter I'd ever heard, if not THE most sustained fit.

Here's the problem. I can't think which show it is. I remember thinking to myself "I'll remember that". However, years later, I can't. All I can remember is that incredible laughing fit. It's so memorable that there must be other Goon fanatics who remember, and I'm hoping that someone noted which show it was.

I posted this to a couple of people here, before I realised that this is a community and I could join and post this to the community. So to those individuals, I apologise for the duplicate posting. You are hereby granted community immunity with impunity. Or is that me? No. This is me. That is you.

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We'll all be murdered in our tigers! [Nov. 21st, 2007|04:19 am]
Hello folks, original carbon copy Goon D.Goonnedy coming to you via self igniting spon statue (just tuppence at any good brick radiogram outlet).

[Falling Tree]

Owowow! Who left that record playing?
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(no subject) [Jun. 18th, 2006|06:03 pm]

I just saw this on the (highly esteemed) BBC website...

"Goals from Adriano and substitute Fred sealed sealed Brazil's place in the last 16 against a plucky Australia."

But where did Brazil get a substitute Fred from? At this time on a Sunday, too?
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heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp! [Jun. 14th, 2006|07:18 pm]

I've got the spon plague!
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Spike & Raquel, strange bedfellows [Dec. 6th, 2005|03:32 pm]

[mood |amusedamused]

Being new to this community, I thought I’d post something to say hello. I was reminded, just now, of one of my favourite Milligan film appearances. He played Monsieur Bonacieux in the 1973 movie The Three Musketeers with Michael York, Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch, who played Bonacieux’s unfaithful wife, Constance. I’m not surprised he was in it, as it was directed by his friend Richard Lester, who had directed (or at least he held the camera for) The Running, Jumping, Standing Still Film.

Seeing Spike act alongside the great Charlton Heston, who plays the deliciously evil Cardinal Richelieu, is an education in itself, as Mr Heston plays it straight, but Spike plays Bonacieux as an ineffectual clownish type; however, my favourite scene in the entire movie occurs when Spike, festooned with keys and other dusty, clanking paraphernalia, is showing Michael York (playing D’Artagnan) the room he will be renting in his house. Raquel Welch is seen in a room across the hall, and D’Artagnan exclaims, “Who is that?” Bonacieux tells him she is his wife, Constance, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting. He explains that she lives mostly at the palace, but comes home a couple of nights in the week. As Spike says this, and the thought of a night or two with his stunning, voluptuous wife enters his addlepated head, his whole body starts to shake, and the keys on his person clank against each other and his eyes come over all glassy. It is a purely Milligan moment that slays me every time I watch it, and if Bloodnok had been there too, no doubt his quivering voice would have intoned “Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!” in profound agreement.
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2005|12:07 am]

[mood |sillysilly]

Hello folks-hello folks!

With the aid of my new steam-powered leather broadband connection I came across this community and it's great!

I've been into the Goon Show since I found a script book of my Dad's when I was about 6 or 7 or something then started to be given the audio tapes.... ever since I've remained a silly, twisted boy ;)

The Goon Show's never been bettered in my opinion! Milligan, Sellers and Secombe rock!

And in other news...Collapse )
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I'm walking backwards for Christmas... [Dec. 28th, 2004|07:10 pm]

[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Just out of interest, my Christmas presents this year included "The Booted Gorilla" and "I'm walking backwards for Christmas" CDs. I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season! *walks backwards across the Irish Sea*
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(no subject) [Nov. 30th, 2004|08:39 pm]

So, I just got back from seeing "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," and I'm left feeling rather befuddled. For those of you who are Sellers fans, it's worth watching to see what they've done with his story, but I'd really like to hear your opinions. Especially about 'The Goon Show' stuff.
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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2004|01:36 pm]

Hey, this is cool. There having a screening of "Life and Death of Peter Sellers" at my library (in Salt Lake City) before it shown on HBO (on the 5th). Has anyone seen this yet? I'm still really concerned about it, especially how they'll portray the Goons.
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Heaven gives a resounding "Ploogie!" [Oct. 28th, 2004|08:55 am]

I only wish I'd known about this sooner, but here's the obituary for that famed amateur postage stamp and steaming Dutch conk, Max Geldray.

(Note: Max passed away on October 2nd)

Max Geldray, Europe's and possibly the world's first jazz harmonica
player, has died peacefully at his home in Palm Springs, California.

He was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His father played
the piano by ear and, at a very young age, Max followed his example.

Max loved to listen to jazz on the radio and Louis Armstrong became
his idol. At age sixteen, he heard a chromatic harmonica on the radio.

Buying one at the local music shop, he was soon playing jazz on it
and, a year later, formed a harmonica quartet with three other boys. He
broadcast from Radio Hilversum and, in 1936, was invited to play as a soloist at
Windsor Castle for the British Royal Family. In France he became a
featured player with the very popular Ray Ventura Orchestra which appeared in
two films one of which was "Tourbillon de Paris". When the German Army
invaded France in May 1940, Max escaped to England and served, throughout the
war, in the Princess Irene Brigade of the Dutch Army in Britain. He was
injured during the Normany landings and, forty years later, received four
medals from Holland for his service. As soon as Amsterdam was liberated, Max
went to find his parents only to be told by neigbours that his parents and
his twelve year old sister, Xaviere, had been sent to German death camps.
They were never heard from again. Max decided to settle in England and
obtained British citizenship. He was soon broadcasting for the BBC and, in
1950, teamed up with little known comedians, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe,
Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine for a radio show called "Crazy People".
The show became the popular 1950's "The Goon Show" and Max Geldray became
a household name. After the show's nine year run, Max went on a world
tour returning via California. He was so impressed with California's
sunshine and easy way of life that he returned there permanently. Soon after
his arrival, he met a lady who became Mrs Susan Geldray and he became a
loving stepfather to Susan's three children, Judy, Timmy and Holly and some
years later, father to their son Philip. In his later years, Max became a
counselor at the Betty Ford Detoxification Center at the Eisenhower
Hospital in Rancho Mirage. He was also a favorite performer every year
for ten years at the popular "Jazz Without Booze" concerts that included
some of Hollywood's best talents. Max always carried his harmonica in his
pocket and loved to play wherever he found other jazz musicians. He is
survived by his wife Susan, his son Philip, stepdaughters Judy and Holly and
several grandchildren.
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