Double Bunk (1961)

If you are young and your budget is limited, a houseboat sure sounds like a tempting form of accommodation. But there are inherent problems, and there are strings attached. And when nosy friends show up who believe they know a thing or two about boats, you might be headed for trouble. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Drei Mann in einem Boot (1961)

Loosely based on Jerome’s novel Three Men in a Boat, this German comedy sees three men trying to find some peace and quiet by embarking on a journey across Lake Constance and down the river Rhine. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cabby (1963)

Peggy Hawkins wants her husband to settle down a bit, adopt a hands-off approach to his successful little cab empire, and maybe buy a cottage in the countryside, etc. But he is a bit of a workaholic and a bit of a control-freak and he simply loves driving cabs. When driven to the end of her patience, Peggy is going to adopt a scheme that will cause her husband a fair amount of problems. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

La bourse et la vie (1966)

This French-German-Italian co-production is a comedy of errors with little story and miniscule character development (which feels forced and unearned). A lot of jokes are lined up along the wild-goose chase at the centre of the film, but many of them are not funny. You can safely give this one a pass, unless you are keen on seeing every film with Fernandel and/or Rühmann. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Der Herr mit der Schwarzen Melone (1960)

Der Herr mit der Schwarzen Melone is a Swiss crime-comedy with very little going on. Walter Roderer perfectly encapsulates the shy and awkward lead character, and there are other great actors in the cast, but the plot is too thin and the story simply meanders towards its eventual conclusion. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

One, Two, Three (1961)

Lilo Pulver is celebrating her 92nd birthday today, and that is a nicely timed opportunity to post my review of Billy Wilder’s legendary comedy One, Two, Three, which I had re-watched recently. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

DM-Killer (1965)

A flawed social satire, DM-Killer aims too high and misses in more than one respect. Starring Curd Jürgens and Daliah Lavi, this German film about three ex-convicts trying to get rich the honest way is interesting more in the study of its flaws than its plot or attempted message. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Casino Royale (1967)

Casino Royale is a comedy spoofing the character and world of James Bond as seen in the first four Bond films, especially the franchise’s obsession with nubile young women. The film consists of a number of “episodes” split up between five-and-a-half directors; and one of the lead actors was fired half-way through the film. Still, while the plot is nonsensical and incoherent, there are some enjoyable elements to be found here; but they are few and far between. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Carry On Cruising (1962)

The first-ever Carry On film in colour, Carry On Cruising benefits from a nice soundstage set and an interesting, mildly lavish wardrobe. The characters are enjoyable, and the story flows nicely enough, but while this is a decent film there is nothing that stands out in particular. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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