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The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
Balgove
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Our evening entertainment continued with “The Adventures of Barry McKenzie” (1972), a rather silly Australian film. Based on a character created by Barry Humphreys for a Private Eye comic strip, the plot concerns Barry McKenzie, a young Australian, visiting Britain with his aunt Edna Everage. With the cast including Peter Cook, Spike Milligan, Dennis Price, Julie Covington, and Joan Bakewell, there is a richness of talent and a lot of good — and crude — jokes.

The film was a significant success, spawning a sequel, buoying up the Australian film industry, and launching the career of director Bruce Beresford (who went on to direct the Oscar-winning “Driving Miss Daisy”).

I’d love to see the 1974 sequel “Barry McKenzie Holds His Own”, which featured Donald Pleasance as the villain Count von Plasma.

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