A spotty, uneven satire (from the novel by Terry Southern) with a number of good yocks, but insufficient sustained wit or related action. As Peter Sellers & Co swipe at the Establishment, authority, blimpishness and sacred cows, there’s a great dismal feeling of self-indulgence as of a pic created merely to please an assorted bunch of chums. Much of it is too ‘clever’ by half.
Sellers gives a very bright and stylish performance as the posh Sir Guy Grand, richest man in the world, who adopts a young fallout hobo (Ringo Starr) and then sets out to prove to him man’s venality.
Though Sellers gives one of his brightest and best-observed appearances, Ringo Starr’s effort to project himself as a non-Beatle actor is a distinct non-event.