Natter natter grommish grommish
December 16, 2012 10:58 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (31 comments total)
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So what do you do if you need crowd noises in a crowd scene but don't want to pay the extras for dialogue? You take a lesson from the old Greeks who thought all non-greeks sounded like "barbaros barbaros" and have them mumble nonsense phrases
like rhubarb rhubarb.
This old theatre tradition in 1969 inspired British comedian Eric Sykes to make a short film in which the entire dialogue was just that one phrase, which got remade as a television special for Thames Television in 1980, which is now available on Youtube
. Eric Sykes
), who passed away in July, was part of that British generation of comedians that also included Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper and Hattie Jacques, with whom he starred in various BBC comedy series.
 Incidently the only vegetable indigenous to the UK, as it was first cultivated as a vegetable there, thouhg it had been long known as a laxative