Sunday, July 14, 2013

Vital Viewing (Is There a Dentist in the House Edition)


British comic actor Terry-Thomas was born on this day in 1911, making him 102 were he still alive. He's not, and is considerably younger than that in the following clips:

Here Thomas (or should I say -Thomas?) tries to fence some diamonds in this scene from That Touch of Mink (1960):

Those of you who recognize the zither might have expected Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Sorry, different movie.

Terry-Thomas and Milton Berle debate the merits of their respective homelands in this somewhat dated scene from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963):

"sitting under hair dryers eating chocolates"--dated
"preoccupation with bosoms"--maybe not so dated

A stand-up routine from The Judy Garland Show. The "recent events in London" line is a reference to the Profumo Affair, a UK sex-and-politics scandal very much in the news at the time:

Love how quickly he makes light of his poor attempt at an Irish accent. Not sure if any Portuguese will agree with me.

Finally, a bit of horror (and kinkiness.) The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971) with Vincent Price and the sexy Virginia North:

Not the discharge he was hoping for.


  1. Don't forget his role in the Magic Christian!

    1. Jim, I just checked the entire cast of THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN on IMDb. Terry-Thomas seems to be the only British comedy star NOT in the movie. Are you sure you're not thinking of John Cleese? He's the art dealer at Southby's who sells Peter Sellers the Rembrant for $30,000, only to watch Sellers cut it up. Or are you maybe thinking of Peter Sellers himself, who played Ringo Starr's adopted father?

    2. I was pretty sure it was him in the scene with the black and white male dancers at the night club, the same general scene that had Yul Brynner in drag, singing. There was a lot of cameos by a variety of stars in that one, including Roman Polanski, as well. However, upon looking up the cast, including those uncredited, he doesn't appear. This will require a rewatching! (I haven't seen it in years, but have several times since it came out)