Dir: Cliff Owen
Starring: Dick Emery and Pat Coombs
An accomplished conman seeks clues to a hidden fortune that are tattooed on the behinds of several girls
This comedy takes its title from one of Dick Emery’s catchphrases, though it was the comedian’s sole starring vehicle. Perhaps rather surprisingly the film did not do that well at the box office, yet it shows Dick Emery’s versatility as an actor and is a distinct improvement over several other ‘rude’ comedies of the era. Although the British public took him to heart he suffered from stage fright and low self esteem, and this was likely the reason behind him not playing the starring role in other films. His catchphrase is familiar to us all but is probably the reason why the film was retitled Get Charlie Tully for its US release. There are a number of amusing scenes filmed at London Waterloo station and plenty of electric units are present in blue and grey. In the final railway scene, Dick Emery boards a train of BR Mk.1 rolling stock. As it pulls out a Class 33 is revealed to have been behind, standing at the bufferstops. Erroneously, this sequence then shows a brief shot of 4 CIG unit No.7340 leaving, whilst the scenes onboard the train where Dick Emery is menaced by gangsters appears to use back-projection. A BR blue-liveried 4 VEP is in the platform when he initially enters a compartment in customary drag, while a 2 HAP, 4 VEP and 4 SUB formation of EMU stock passes when the train is in motion, again all in BR blue. In another continuity slip, as the train enters a tunnel it has become a ‘Hastings’ DEMU, then as it leaves, it has transformed into a Class 411 4 CEP EMU! These are stock images from the BR film archives and the tunnel is one of the two at Elmstead Woods (Chislehurst).