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Gene Wilder & Daisy

Gene Wilder & Daisy
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) (1972)

In this compilation sketch film, the standout section is ‘What is Sodomy?’ Gene Wilder plays the respected doctor Doug Ross – I wonder if George Clooney knew about this when he played Dr Doug Ross in ER 23 years later. He falls in love with an Armenian sheep named Daisy, and as a consequence of his affair with this woolly creature, Dr Ross loses his wife, his job, his reputation, even his sheep.

Wilder and Allen were such a perfect comic match that it is baffling to think that this was the only time they worked together. The 24 seconds of awkward silence after his Armenian patient tells Dr Ross that he is in love with a sheep, is pure Gene Wilder genius. Eventually his wife walks in on the inter-species couple in bed, ‘This is Mrs. Bencours, one of my patients! She thinks she’s a sheep!’ A judge dissolves the marriage on account of the adultery – ‘which was most distasteful in view of the fact that the sheep was under 18 years old.’

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