Share via Email Jack Douglas, who has died aged 81, had three claims to be a memorably idiosyncratic part of British comedy's hectic history. He persisted successfully with music hall techniques when many in show business thought that the era had long passed. It proved to be his last film role. He also invented the twitching, fumbling, flat-capped and mispronouncing character Alf Ippititimus, who served him well in pantomime and other spheres.
Plot[ edit ] In the year , England is rife with crime and highway robbers. The Runners are apparently successful in wiping out crime and lawlessness — using all manner of traps and tricks to round the criminals up. However their main target is the notorious Richard "Big Dick" Turpin Sid James , a highwayman who has evaded capture and succeeded in even robbing Sir Roger and his prim wife Margaret Nolan of their money and clothing. After this humiliation, Turpin becomes the Bow Street Runners' most wanted man, and thus Captain Fancey is assigned to go undercover and catch the famous Dick Turpin and bring him to justice. Outraged by Strapp's incompetence, Captain Fancey travels with the sergeant to the village of Upper Dencher near to where the majority of Turpin's hold-ups are carried out. There they encounter the mild-mannered Reverend Flasher, who is really Turpin in disguise, with Tom as his church assistant and Harriet as his maidservant. They confide in the rector their true identities and their scheme to apprehend Turpin.