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The Intelligence Men

The Intelligence Men
DVD cover
Directed by Robert Asher
Written by Dick Hills and Sid Green
Starring Eric Morecambe
Ernie Wise
William Franklyn
Music by Philip Green
Cinematography Jack Asher
Edited by Gerry Hambling
Distributed by Rank
Release dates
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Intelligence Men is a 1965 comedy film starring the British comic duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

The film is subtitled "M.I.5 plus 2 equals 0". In the US, the film was retitled as The Spylarks.

The film was successful enough to enable Morecambe and Wise to make two further films - That Riviera Touch and The Magnificent Two.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Eric ([1] to sabotage this mission. He reports this to his superiors in Military Intelligence (although he is little more than an office-boy), and they reluctantly agree that only Eric, having heard the tune, will be able to lead them to the centre of the plot. Eric is persuaded to pose as a British agent – the recently deceased Major Cavendish – who had managed to infiltrate Schlecht. After a few set-piece comedy interludes, the tune is identified and the plot switches to a performance of Swan Lake, the projected venue for the assassination. This section provides some of the funniest moments of the film- for example Eric, masquerading as a Russian, adopts a broad Scottish highland accent; during the ballet performance itself, Eric and Ernie, dressed in Egyptian costumes, get mixed up in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Finally, however, the villain is unmasked and all is well. Eric returns happily to his coffee bar.



Critic Leslie Halliwell awarded the film no stars, describing it as an "inept and rather embarrassing big-screen debut for two excellent television comedians".[2]

The film was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1965.[3]


  1. ^ this is German for "bad" or "evil", although there is little evidence of German involvement
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "Most Popular Film Star." Times [London, England] 31 Dec. 1965: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.

External links

  • The Intelligence Men at the Internet Movie Database
  • Eric And Ern - Keeping The Magic Alive **Book, Film, TV Reviews, Interviews**
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