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The film suffered a difficult production due to Sellers's erratic behavior and was not theatrically released. The title and some of the plot details are based on the book of the same title by Newbery Medal-winning children's author Sid Fleischman.
In the seventeenth century,  pirate captain Ras Day Of The Long Sun - Downpilot - Radio Ghost Peter Boyleaccompanied by his incompetent Irish cook Dick Scratcher Peter Prison Bible - John Flynn - The End Of The Beginning and three crewmen, buries three chests of treasure on an unnamed island. Scratcher then kills the captain and three crewmen. He returns to the pirate ship and proclaims himself the new captain as only he knows the location of the treasure.
He soon discovers his predecessor's treasure map was drawn in disappearing ink. Fourteen years later, the pirate ship reaches Ireland, although Scratcher believes they are on a Greek island. The crew behaves gluttonously, with the exception of the debonair and cerebral Pierre Rodriquez Anthony Franciosa. They abduct an Irish boy, Jeremiah Richard Williswhom Scratcher believes can see ghosts and will therefore be able to contact Ras Mohammed's ghost for directions to the treasure.
After seeing off the British Navy by posing as Portuguese fishermen suffering the "red plague", the pirates sail to Algiers, where Jeremiah is taken prisoner.
After threats of mutiny by a pirate named Abdullah Thomas Baptistethe pirates end up back at the island of buried treasure. They dig Day Of The Long Sun - Downpilot - Radio Ghost Billy Bombay's treasure chest of silver cannonballs and fire them at Billy Bombay and his six brothers, leaving only Billy alive. The film ends with Scratcher buried up to his neck in sand, while Billy Bombay is tied to a tree, and the two shout insults at each other.
The film's opening seven-minute prologue is shot in the style of a black and white silent movie, complete with caption cards. Sellers' onetime Goon Show colleague Spike Milligan appears halfway through the film and worked on revisions to the script. This results in some Goonish style banter and effects, such as undercranked film sequences making movement seem faster, dialogue and sound effects. The novel Ghost in the Noonday Sun was published in The New York Times called it a "rollicking tale".
Sellers persuaded Medak, a friend of his, to make the film. You couldn't stop him. He had classical comedy genius. Wolf Mankowitz wrote the first draft but it was later estimated a dozen writers worked on the script. According to Sellers "It started life as a straight pirate yarn.
But we got to work on it and turned it into a crazy comedy. You could call it "Goons at Sea". I think it's what people want. The film was the second movie financed by Somerville House, a Montreal based investment company who were interested in getting into the film industry. Peter Sellers arrived on location displaying strange behaviour, attributed to the end of his relationship with Liza Minnelli.
Shortly after filming began, Sellers began to lose confidence in the project and when Spike Milligan arrived to shoot his scenes, Sellers asked him to assess the footage that had been shot thus far. Milligan looked at the rushes and said "this is on a disaster course".
He outlined his ideas to Medak and Sellers, who approved. Milligan rewrote the script. But Sellers did not turn up for the first day of filming the new scenes, claiming he was too ill to work.
He decided a vase in his Swiss home might be facing the wrong way so he sent his secretary to Day Of The Long Sun - Downpilot - Radio Ghost to take the vase back to London.
Once this was done, Sellers agreed to resume shooting. Medak shot film around Sellers. He liked Millgan's script changes and wanted Milligan to film during the day and rewrite at night.
Milligan was reluctant so Sellers tried to get production shut down. Medak refused. Sellers subsequently became deliberately uncooperative and would often pretend to be sick. On one occasion he was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, only for Medak to spot newspaper photographs of Sellers dining with Princess Margaret in London two days later.
Sellers caused further upset by agreeing to shoot a cigarette commercial during one of the few off-days in the filming schedule, drafting in an unwilling Peter Medak to direct it, and then on the day refusing to be filmed holding the cigarette packet because he claimed to be the chairman of the Anti-Smoking League.
Sellers had personally invited British cinematographer Larry Pizer to shoot the film, only to later fire him after a party once production had commenced. Sellers also fought on set with co-star Tony Franciosa. Some of this comedy is so way out I couldn't begin to describe it.
But I'll say this: it's an experience. He was depressed in real life, like the typical comedian who under the surface is suicidal He was incredibly manipulative.
He created situations where there was tremendous confusion and then he'd gain the upper hand. He destroyed the whole film On a good day he was sensational but his moods changed. He couldn't remember what he'd said to you days before. But I remember, working with him, there were moments when it was heaven. We laughed so hard the tears rolled down our cheeks.
After the final scene was filmed, involving Sellers and Milligan both being physically restrained, the crew forced them to listen to a song detailing the production's woes. The film was shot in and has a copyright notice in the opening credits for Columbia Pictures deemed the film not worthy of cinematic release. According to Medak, Sellers wanted to buy back the film from Columbia, and for the director and Milligan to redo the narration and re-edit the film for Sellers to get it released.
It was later released on Betamax and VHS home video in The film was released on DVD in Init was announced that Peter Medak was directing a feature-length documentary about the ill-fated production, called The Ghost of Peter Sellers. It was due for release inbut the release date was pushed back to From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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