FIDDLERS THREE (1944)
Article #169 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 9-1-2001
Posting date: 1-15-2002
Three sailors (two men and a woman) find themselves at Stonehenge during a storm, and are magically transported back to the days of ancient Rome, where they encounter the emperor Nero. Comedy ensues.
When I first began this movie watching project, I knew that I’d stumble across a lot of oddities and obscurities that I might otherwise bypass, or that I’d never even known existed in the first place. This British comedy is one of the latter, and when it first popped up on my list, I thought it would be one of those movies that would sit around on the list for years without my being able to come by a copy; instead, I found one almost right off the bat. The movie is okay, but to my mind not particularly memorable, and even though I’ve never heard of him before, it appears that Tommy Trinder (the star of the film) has a certain cult following. The most interesting aspect of this film to me is that it appeared in 1944, the same year as TIME FLIES, another British time travel comedy; sounds like a short-lived trend that sprang up and died a quick death.
Frankly, I’m surprised I even had this much to say about it.