THE CHASTITY BELT - 1971
by Bob Kellett
Howerd could have got away with casting Rita Webb as Maid
Marion! This is a great little scene and always gets a laugh.
Frankie and Hugh Paddick (as a very camp Robin Hood) are
sitting in the forest chatting about the weather, when the
conversation turns to Maid Marion, "I thought you
and Maid Marion were at it" exclaims Frankie "You
must be mad, Maid Marion, have you ever met her?"
crys Robin, "no, I haven't had that pleasure"
At this moment Rita is heard screeching "Robin,
Robin, where are yer" Robin replies "Over
Frankie is looking flabbercasted with mouth open as Rita
continues "Five bleedin' hours i've been riding,
i've got something to tell you. Prince Johns up at Nottingham
castle and his got a big shake on. The bloody kings back
in the country, so yer better getcha finger out and ave
Frankie interrupts "and who prey is this fragile
wood nimph?" Robin explains "this is the
Frankie does a "ah, em, pardon" looks to
camera and gives one of the biggest insults in film history
"Well that explains a lot of things, well you can't
really blame him can you, I mean could you? with her, ohh".
He turns back to Rita and says "so you are the
beautyiest maid Marion, how do you do?" Rita replys
"not very often, thank yer" Frankie
remarks "ah your reputation is spread far and wide"
and looks at Rita's waste "and that's not the
only thing by the look of it".
Robin interrups "have you eaten heart face?"
Rita's face turns gumpy "No i'm starving hungry"
and shouts across the forest, as Frankie and Hugh whince
"Oi Shagnasty, get that bleedin' deer cut up, and bung
us a leg" and she marches off camera.
Frankie turns to the camera and says "To think we
could have got Julie Andrews for the same money"
This is an extremely funny film, Eartha Kitt also appeared
in a cameo, but sadly not in the same scene as Rita, they
did meet on set though and got on well.
It's a pity she was only in the one scene, as it would have
been nice to have seen her in the fight scene at the end..