That Riviera Touch (1966)

Article 3131 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-23-2009
Posting Date: 3-11-2010
Directed by Cliff Owen
Featuring Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Suzanne Lloyd
Country: UK
What it is: Basic comedy team shtick

Two traffic wardens take a vacation in France, but are targeted by jewel thieves who plan to use them to unwittingly smuggle a stolen necklace out of the country.

Eric Morecombe and Ernie Wise appear to be a comedy team from England; I don’t know how well known they are outside of their native country, but I’ve not heard of them until now. As a team, they’re okay; they have good chemistry with each other, and show a decent sense of timing. However, there’s really nothing special about them that sets them apart, and the movie itself is pretty routine; I could easily see Abbott and Costello in the same story. As for the fantastic content, it’s on the thin side; the duo end up staying at a rather creepy villa, and though no one says outright that it’s haunted, there’s a running gag with Morecombe constantly finding dead bodies that disappear.

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