Before Monty Python there was Tony Hancock and Sid James in “HHancock’s HHalf HHour”. I must have been about 7 years old when these first came out on TV in England. Some of the episodes have been lost but this collection of 37 is just fabulous and just as funny as I remember. Not that I remember all of them.
Hancock was the master of pathos – in some ways an earlier version of Basil Fawlty with his delusions of grandeur. Sid James held up his end as the crafty con man. Do not look for great production values. This is old time TV in black and white and the recordings are what they are. But this is classic Hancock at his best and it is wonderful to watch these shows over 50 years on and over 40 years after his untimely death at the age of 44. A man “of his caliber” is sorely missed.
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