Passionate Pilgrim is a short
film starring Tom Baker, Eric Morecambe and Madeline Smith.
in 1984 and with a running time of just 22 minutes, it is based on one
of the poems
in William Shakespeare's
The Passionate Pilgrim series of poems. Notably, the three stars have almost
dialogue, and classical
music is used to emphasis the events that are taking place on the screen.
is narrated by John Le Mesurier,
in a style that is reminiscent of a children's story - although of course
film is not intended for
Morecambe stars as Lord Eric,
who is courting Lady Madeline, a wealthy heiress. However, he has a rival
for her affections in the
form of Sir
Tom (Baker) who rides up to Eric's castle on a white horse.
Madeline dreams of meeting
a knight on a white charger, although when the two meet she is more interested
in his horse... Sir Tom
is known as Tom the Terrible by the local squires, Tom the Terror by their
and Tom the Terrific by
their wives. He is using the "Good Knight Guide" to find the Silly Damsel,
at the castle of Lord Eric.
Sir Tom then attempts to woo the beautiful Madeline, despite Lord Eric's
to thwart Tom's amorous
advances. Tom must contend with a moat, a chamberpot being emptied on his
and a can of Knight-Rid
(a sort of insect repellent for unwelcome knights). Tom has an ace up his
sleeve - an
antidote for Knight-Rid,
and it seems that nothing will stop him being with the lovely Madeline.
Eric too has one last card
verdict: 'The Passionate Pilgrim' is a true gem of British comedy,
and the three stars film are clearly
enjoying themselves. Tom
Baker in particular is marvellous as Sir Tom, and Eric Morecambe is great
was his final acting role.
It is also one of the few productions in which he does not appear with
It was originally intended
to be a much longer film, but the death of Morecambe made this impossible,
film was eventually released
in its current short version. 'The Passionate Pilgrim' has never been broadcast
TV, although it was released
on VHS in the early 1990s (and copies are available on Amazon), while a
edition DVD has been released
by The Moving Image Company. If you can find a copy of this film, you will
be disappointed - it is
entertaining, highly likeable and best of all, very funny. It also has
some great music! And
in case you didn't notice,
the last linked photo is a FAKE. ;)
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