|An UNSEEN classic early film made especially for SPLOSH! by husband-and-wife slapstick icons, Juiie and Charlie.|
Dressed in her best pink tutu, Julie is practising her (rather wobbly) ballet moves prior to her class when she is interrupted by her clumsy clown husband Charlie who wants to do some decorating. After climbing the ladder to show him exactly what needs to be done (an excuse for some nice corny 1970s-style innuendo), Julie accidentally steps in the paste bucket in her nice white stilettos, and angrily stomps off to let him get on with it. If only she knew that was just the start of her messy escapade!
After struggling with the roll of wallpaper for some time (a very nicely timed bit of classic panto comedy by Charlie), he eventually gives up and asks Julie to help. Reluctantly she agrees to hold the paper for him whilst her pastes it, only for Charlie to paste her as much as the paper. Moving the paper up doesn`t help her, in fact he simply carries on, pasting her face and hair. Annoyed at her messy hairdo, Julie demands he do something about it - which Charlie does. He rams his paste filled hat on her head to tidy her up.
Covered in white paste, Julie decides wallpapering is too dangerous and suggests they paint the walls instead. But bending down to choose a colour from the buckets on the floor, Julie`s frilly knickers present too tempting a target for Charlie who decorates her bum with his paste brush before turning her round and plastering the front of her frillies as well. Even holding the bucket proves a messy mistake for our booby ballerina. Soon Charlie is mistaking her cleavage for the paint pot and pushing his brush inside, and brushing more paint up her face. Angry, Julie insists he hold the bucket but in grabbing hold of it, he manages to pour the bright yellow paint right over her head!
It`s the first of many buckets for our hapless heroine! Pin, white, blue, green...what happens next is basically just a series of puns that provide an excuse for Charlie to pour bucket after bucket of different coloured creamy slosh over Julie`s head until she is reduced to a multi-coloured mess. Full buckets, nice creamy gunge and Julie`s reaction (just standing there taking it) make this a great climax to the film. It is not a happy ending for Charlie though as Julie gets her revenge by demonstrating her version of the Nutcracker Suite!
Shot by Charlie & Julie themselves in their own home, this film is one of several they made in the pre-digital download age. It was written by `pun-ographer` Bill Shipton and intended to be released on DVD. However when DVD production costs soared (due mainly to the BBFC charges), it was shelved, so is now making its debut here.
As regular Splosh! fans know both Julie and Charlie are huge fans of old fashioned clown and pantomime slapstick with lots of pies and buckets of coloured creamy `slosh` (the circus term for gunge). They are particularly keen on recreating classic sketches (like the decorating or cakemaking routines) and Julie has a particular fondness for big hair and even bigger frilly satin frocks that suit her clown character perfectly. Since these early sketches, Julie has gone on to work with other great WAM stars like Samantha-Jane and Gilly Sampson adding a bit of nudity and naughtiness to her trademark slapstick sketches. You can download those films at www.sploshdownloads.com. In the meantime, it is great to see these two`s early films and the obvious enthusiasm with which they are made.
Shot on a single camera in their own home, Charlie and Julie spent a lot of time filming the first half of this film from several angles to make editing easier (it is 13 minutes in edited form but well over twice the length in raw footage). However once the gunge starts to pour, it is a lot harder to do this and there are a few `jump cuts` towards the end of the film. You might even notice the odd continuity error (like the slosh in the bucket changing colour halfway through one gag!), but for a home produced messy movie, it is excellent and very entertaining.
Charlie & Julie`s great reputation for classic slapstick (with a few saucy bits) is well deserved. They are both fine comedy performers as this early film demonstrates.