Morecambe and Wise's 1976 Gene Kelly sketch named best movie spoof

Morecambe and Wise’s parody of Gene Kelly’s Singin’ In The Rain has been named the best film spoof of all time.

The sketch was broadcast in the comedy duo’s 1976 Christmas special on BBC1, and saw Ernie Wise copying Gene’s dance routine while Eric Morecambe played the policeman who gets soaked.

Film critic Barry Norman told Radio Times – which conducted the survey – that the pair took their spoofs very seriously.

Comedy double act Morecambe and Wise (PA Archive)
Barry, who took part in Morecambe and Wise’s 1977 Christmas show, said: “Just before we were to shoot, the fun, jokes and messing around, which they used to put us at our ease, stopped.

“From the moment we lined up on our marks, everything was deadly serious, as it should have been. They were astute, intelligent, observant and left nothing to chance.”

Second place in the poll went to 1980 film Airplane!, while French and Saunders’ 1998 Boxing Day spoof of Titanic, with Dawn French as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Saunders as Kate Winslet, was third.

The set of Airplane! ( Brich AP/PA)
Radio Times readers were asked to vote for their favourite spoofs of all time, including films and television comic reinterpretations of movie classics.

Small screen parodies dominated the list, with television specials and adverts accounting for six of the Top 10, including Victoria Wood’s remake of Brief Encounter’s tearoom scene, The Simpsons’ Raiders Of The Lost Ark interpretation and Carling Black label’s memorable Dam Busters advert from 1989.

The 1974 film Young Frankenstein was fourth, Armstrong, Miller, Mitchell and Webb’s sketch from Red Nose Day 2009 was fifth and the movie Hot Fuzz (2007) was sixth.

Mike Myers’ 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery came next, followed by Victoria Wood’s 2000 remake of Brief Encounter’s tearoom scene and The Simpsons’ Raiders Of The Lost Ark interpretation in the 1992 episode Bart’s Friend Falls In Love.

In joint tenth were Carling Black label’s memorable Dam Busters advert from 1989 and the Mission: Impossible parody in Toy Story 3 (2010).

The survey was conducted to mark the release of the 2017 Radio Times Guide To Films.

This week’s Radio Times is on sale on Thursday.

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