Comic star’s son dines out on father’s fame

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The Campbeltown cinema premiere of cult German comedy, Dinner for One, made headlines round the UK last week.

Last Friday the 18 minute short, which is a fixture of Germany’s Hogmanay viewing and  features every possible way to trip on a rug, made from a real tiger skin, was given its first cinema showing at the Picture House.

The black and white film,shot in Hamburg, was made in one take in front of a live theatre audience on July 8 1963 and became part of European television history in 1972.

Mike Frinton, the son of the film’s star Freddie Frinton, spoke about that tiger skin during a pre-screening talk hosted by director and writer, Alasdair Satchell, from Mull, himself a graduate of Paris’ physical theatre and clown school.

Mike, who was 14 when his father died in 1959, said that the tiger skin is currently in storage and ‘used to be on the end of my bed.’

Alasdair added: ‘Here in the UK we are not so conscious of the film.

‘Paul Merton has said that Freddie Frinton’s timing is impeccable.’

Alasdair also introduced the second film of the evening ‘The General’ starring Buster Keaton, a silent with sub-titles, restored in 2013.

On Saturday morning a small group, of adults and children, returned to the early days of cinematic comedy at a masterclass in custard pie flinging on Quarry Green.

Mike Frinton speaks to an audience of about 50 in screen two on Friday evening. 25_c48mikefrinton01

Custard pie flingers after the fight. 25_c48custardpies01

Campbeltown Police Scotland Youth Volunteer Brodie MacLaren, 14, surveyed Friday night’s audience after the film. 25_c48mikefrinton02_cinema

David Mayo split his sides during the flan flinging. 25_c48mikefrinton03_David_Mayo