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There's a scene from a movie I saw many years ago that has stuck with me, but I don't know what the movie is.

Scene setting: Dungeon or other locked area (treasury maybe?) in a castle. A man and maybe accomplices want to gain entry. There's a guard inside, and people on each side of the door can talk to but not see each other.

It seems like it would have been a Peter Sellers movie, but I've looked through his credits and nothing seems to match.

Dialog goes something like:

Guy: open this door!

Guard: Who is it?

Guy: It is the king crown bearer

Guard: Who is that?

Guy: That is me

Guard: And who are you?

Guy: I am the king crown bearer

[...this goes on for a while...]

Guard: If I open this door, whose visage will I see?

Guy: You will see my visage

Guard: And whose visage is that?

Guy: The visage of the king crown bearer


Any ideas?

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Sounds a bit like Monty Python. Any other little details you could add would help of course. Are you certain of the dialogue. – Kevin Howell Jan 9 '13 at 23:04
I'm certain it's not Monty Python, only because I'm familiar enough with their work that I would have run across it at some point. It could be one of the Pythons in another project though-- I'll see what I can find. Sadly I'm not 100% certain of the dialog but it's the best I can do at this many years later. – Tom Harrington Jan 9 '13 at 23:14
How confident are you that it is Peter Sellers? – iandotkelly Jan 10 '13 at 14:01
Not very confident-- as I mentioned I've been through his credits and found nothing that seems to match. I remember it as something that seems his style, but it doesn't seem to have actually been him. – Tom Harrington Jan 10 '13 at 17:46
Looking again, I kind of wonder if it was Prisoner of Zenda. That's more recent than I expected, but it's at least plausible. It doesn't look like that's available digitally though, so I don't know if I'll be able to watch it. – Tom Harrington Jan 10 '13 at 17:57

The only Peter Sellars film that springs to mind is The Mouse that Roared from 1959.

I suggest this one as it deals with a small and somewhat backward monarchy (complete with castles and dungeons) and similar dialogue, ie:

*Solider #1: Hey, you see that big building?

Solider #2: Well?

Solider #1: Well, I saw it first, it's mine.*

It's been a while since I saw it, but Sellars plays three parts (much the same as Dr. Strangelove) - hopefully this might jog your memory.

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Yes, I wondered whether it was this too, but have not seen it for a long time. Its the only Sellers movie that seems to fit. – iandotkelly Jan 10 '13 at 14:01

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