2017.73: The Intelligence Men (1965)
…er, not sure exactly what I was doing watching this…. maybe it’s just this time of year, approaching Christmas, when one finds oneself watching all sorts of strange movies that wouldn’t ordinarily have much appeal. That said, I’ve always enjoyed Morecombe and Wise and have all their BBC shows on DVD so maybe the odd thing is that it took me so long to get around to one of their three movies.
The Intelligence Men is a spy spoof, and as it’s from 1965, possibly one of the earliest of that genre, certainly long before Austin Powers and a few years prior to Casino Royale. It isn’t bad either- it suffers from a stodgy, uncomfortable opening twenty minutes that had me fearing the worst but it settles down and actually manages a few good laughs. Naturally it shows its age in some ways, and the humor feels more quaint than cutting-edge (was it ever cutting-edge, even back in 1965?) but all these decades later, that’s part of the charm of comedies such as this, just as with Laurel and Hardy features. A bit like happy-pills of nostalgia for eras that likely never even existed. But there you go, that’s just the magic of movies.