Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them that Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his buisness - a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. They expect to sell the cinema to gain a huge inheritance, however, when they get there they discover the cinema is falling apart and is run by three equally run-down attendants (Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, and Bernard Miles) who seem to have worked there forever.
Gentle, fun British Comedy.
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British comedy, more charming than hilarious, but enjoyable all the same. Travers and McKenna inherit and reopen a run down cinema, by no means aided by staff Sellers, Rutherford and Miles, who are all great playing elderly eccentrics. There's a lovely scene when the three watch a silent film in rapturous nostalgia.