The Magnificent Two

The Magnificent Two is a 1967 British comedy film directed by Cliff Owen and starring Morecambe and Wise in the third and final of their 1960s trio of films.

The Magnificent Two
British quad poster by Arnaldo Putzu
Directed byCliff Owen
Produced byHugh Stewart
Written byDick Hills and Sid Green
Michael Pertwee
Peter Blackmore
Based ona story by Michael Pertwee
StarringEric Morecambe
Ernie Wise
Music byRon Goodwin
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited byGerry Hambling
Distributed byRank
Release date
5 July 1967 (London) (UK) (premiere)
Running time
100 min.

Plot summary

Two British Action Men travelling salesmen are sent to the South American country of Parazuellia to sell their goods. During the train journey Eric accidentally opens a door leading to the death of the returning British educated Torres who is the figurehead of a revolutionary movement and a government secret policeman arresting him. Upon arrival in the city of Campo Grande, Eric is mistaken by the revolutionaries for Torres, and though they discover the death of the real Torres they pay Eric and Ernie to maintain Eric's impersonation of Torres to lead a revolution to oust a brutal dictator.[1] However once the revolution is successful Eric gains an inflated opinion of himself.



The film was shot at Black Park,[2] the Longmoor Military Railway[3] and Pinewood Studios. The film was also known as What Happened at Campo Grande?.


Time Out wrote, "in which the comedians' special talents are woefully misused. At least Cliff Owen keeps it pacy, making it the least awful of the trio of movies in which the duo failed to take the cinema by storm";[4] and TV Guide described it as a "fair comedy."[5]

While it did well financially, it failed to reach the "top 20" highest-grossing films at the British box office for 1967.


  1. "The Magnificent Two (1967)". IMDb. 14 September 1967. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. Fielder, Harry 'Aitch' & Saunders, Clive Extra, Extra, Read All About It!: My Life as a Film and TV Extra Andrews UK Limited, 24 Jul 2015
  3. "Magnificent Two, The". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. "The Magnificent Two". Time Out London. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. "The Magnificent Two". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 October 2014.

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