In the vein of and following in the footsteps of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", this bawdy, risque, and hilarious British Comedy is rife with one liners, innuendos, and double entendres, and was the perfect comedy for Britain's mad comedian Frankie Howerd. From his attempt to begin each show with "The Prologue" to his final "Salut", what occurs in-between is pure Frankie Howerd. The cast around him are his props and his role as the slave Lurcio was one of his finest roles, played to comedic perfection. The series takes place in Pompeii, before the eruption of Vesuvius of course, and relates the day to day trials and tribulations of our star, the slave Lurcio played by Frankie Howerd. The innuendo's begin at once with the names of the characters in the series. Lurcio is slave to philandering Senator Ludicrus Sextus, a rather befuddled senator that is often at odds w...
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Up Pompeii! - Up the Front - Netflix
Up the Front is a 1972 British comedy film. It is the third film spin-off from the TV series Up Pompeii! (the previous film being Up the Chastity Belt set in the Middle Ages which followed on from the Up Pompeii film), directed by Bob Kellett, it stars Frankie Howerd as Lurk (a descendant of the slave Lurcio in Up Pompeii), a coward who is hypnotised into bravery.
Up Pompeii! - Critical reception - Netflix
The New York Times wrote, “the laughs come fast and furious when Howerd finds himself the recipient of the enemy's war plans--tattooed on his tush.” While TV Guide called the film “Inane nonsense.”