ERIK THE VIKING
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, UK, Dir: Terry Jones

Told by village wise woman Freya (Eartha Kitt) that Fenrir the wolf has swallowed the sun and plunged the world into the dark age of Ragnarok, Erik (Tim Robbins) gathers warriors from his village to petition the gods to end the darkness. This film has been described as a “Python-esque satire of Viking life,” and also stars Mickey Rooney as Erik’s grandfather. As a favor to his friend and director Jones, John Cleese agreed to replace Jack Lemmon as Hafdan the Black on short notice. “Be there…or beheaded!”


NEW FACES
1954, 98 min, USA, Dir: Harry Horner, John Beal

A young Mel Brooks got one of his first writing credits on this film of the hit Broadway revue about a producer trying to keep his stage show alive. It features a series of dynamic musical performances from Robert Clary and Eartha Kitt, and hilarious sketches with Ronny Graham, Alice Ghostly and Paul Lynde (who also shares writing duties).


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