Re: Goon Show/Alas Smith & Jones

sdavies@MtRoyal.AB.CA
Tue, 8 Jan 2002 08:49:04 -0800 (PST)

_The last goon show_ is a reunion radio program recorded in the
mid-1970's for a BBC anniversary. The show actually ran c. 1952-1960. It
was available uncut on L.P. from BBC records. It starred Peter Sellers,
Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. Searching the Goon Show fan sites might
find you a present-day source for this. The older Goon Shows are in Public
Domain in Australia and are frequently offered over the web. The actors
freely admitted they were usually drunk by airtime (they're absolutely
giddy) and I don't think the reunion show holds up as well as the original
series.

_Alias Smith and Jones_ was an hour-long TV series (1971-73) from
which a couple of episodes or a pilot movie seems to have been rereleased.
I enjoyed it when I was a kid but one of the stars commited suicide and
show sputtered out. See http://us.imdb.com/Title?0065381

There's a curious link here in that stars from both series suffered
from acute depression.

Stephen Davies
Mount Royal College, Calgary
mailto:SDavies@mtroyal.ca