Cinema: Barmy in the Back Stacks

Only Two Can Play (Kingsley International). Bangalangalang! It's the Mickey Mouse alarm clock. 6:30. Dad (Peter Sellers) slaps it off, rolls over, inspects the soft female back turned toward him.

Should he? "Maaaaaaaaaa!" It's the baby.

Dad ducks under the covers. Mum (Virginia Maskell) staggers up, eyes like bruises, hair like last year's alfalfa. Puts the baby on the pot, the water on the stove. Dad sinks blissfully into stolen snooze. "Wake up!" squeals his darling daughter, knocking on his head with her knuckles—hard. "Ah, c'mon!" Mum squalls at the baby. "Yer not tryin'." Dad weaves toward the bathroom, battles an ancient geyser...

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