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'''''The Deadly Bees''''' is a 1967 British film produced by Creator/AmicusProductions and adapted from the novel ''A Taste For Honey''. The depressing story begins with overworked pop star Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) collapsing whilst lip-synching a "live" TV performance. Her doctor prescribes some immediate R&R for her, and packs her off to an old friend of his who has a farm on Seagull Island, isolated from the pressures of the outside world.

Said friend, Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman), is a surly, despondent beekeeper. This cheerful old guy is married to a surly, despondent old woman that smokes and only pets their dog. Vicki's vacation really kicks into high gear once she meets the rival beekeeper in town, one Mr. Manfred (Frank Finlay). [[note]]Incidentally, Finlay played Iago to LaurenceOlivier's ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' only two years before this movie's release. Unbelievable as it seems while watching ''The Deadly Bees'', Finlay also portrayed Porthos in Richard Lester's ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973''.[[/note]]

As it turns out, there're killer bees on Seagull Island. People (and animals) are attacked, including Hargrove's wife, and Hargrove seems to be the prime suspect. Manfred enlists Vicki's help to find evidence to prove Hargrove's guilt and stop the attacks.

The film was the target of episode 905 of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in 1998, gaining it a certain amount of notoriety outside the British horror fandom. To read a recap of the ''MST3K'' episode, go [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E05TheDeadlyBees here]].
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The Manfred character wasn't evil at all in the book, and [[spoiler: is hinted to be Franchise/SherlockHolmes himself]]. Inverted with Hargrove, who ''was'' the villain in the book, but is innocent in the movie.
* BeeBeeGun: The bees are lured to their victims by a substance the killer calls "the smell of fear". However, by the time the film is over, everyone ''but'' the bees' intended targets is attacked, because the villain is actually ''extremely'' inept at placing the substance.
* BrickJoke: Harcourt (the Bowler-Hatted Guy) at the end was one of the inspectors from the beginning of the film, finally showing up late to investigate the bee-centric goings on at Seagull Island. Adding to the strangeness is that he's sporting a goofy grin, absolutely delighted to visit Seagull Island, for whatever reason.
* CarChase: Late in the film, Vicki tries to drive off with Hargrove's jeep in a panicked escape attempt. As this was also the late 60s, she does this wearing only a coat and underwear.
* DistaffCounterpart: Vicki isn't in the original book ''at all''; the protagonist is a male "country squire" type.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "The dog’s meat! Have you seen it?"
* EverythingsWorseWithBees
* EvilVersusEvil: Manfred hints that Hargrove was interested in his killer bees to use for ''himself''. So it may be that Hargrove is a villain after all.
** More likely, Manfred was just paranoid about someone wanting to steal his secrets and wanted Hargrove eliminated. Hargrove extracting blood from the horse wasn't for the adrenaline, but rather to treat its illness. Hargrove was also a veterinarian.
* {{Fanservice}}: "This movie objectifies bras."
* HeyItsThatGuy: Guy Doleman (Hargrove) played the original Number 2 in the first episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In about two seconds, Manfred manages to spill his smell o' fear juice on himself ''and'' break the tape player pacifying his bees. Simple Darwinism takes care of the rest.
* IncriminatingIndifference: Hargrove hated his wife. She's later killed by bees which everyone suspects to be Hargrove's, so we are led to assume that he's the one who did it. During the inquest, Hargove isn't sad at all which doesn't help his case on being innocent.
* JerkAss: Hargrove. Apart from the way he treats his wife, there's also the fact that toward the end of the movie, he's perfectly willing to let Vicki move out of his house and stay with someone whom he is ''absolutely certain'' is a murderer. Granted, she is pretty annoying.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe / EvilGloating: Manfred becomes MrExposition because he's sure Vicki is completely at his mercy.
* KickTheDog: Hargrove literally swats the dog away to keep her out of his barn. Manfred gets one in when he passively-aggressively twists the knife on Hargrove about his wife being killed (true, he hated her, but this still seemed to piss him off).
* MisterExposition: Shut up, Manfred. Shut up.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Hargrove, though a tad light on the "Heart of Gold" part. Turns out he's not a murderer, just a bit of a jerk, and he's very quick to rescue both Inspector Hawkins and Vicki when they run into trouble. In the original book, though, [[TheUntwist Hargrove]] ''[[TheUntwist is]]'' [[TheUntwist the murderer]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution
* NeutralFemale: Doris. So neutral, in fact, that the movie [[NotQuiteDead didn't have the heart to actually kill her off]].
* ObviouslyEvil: Manfred couldn't be any more transparent if he ''tried''. Hargrove is a subversion, being an outright JerkAss but not a villain.
* {{Pastiche}}: The original book was one of SherlockHolmes. [[spoiler:In fact, it's hinted that the character who assists the hero is Sherlock himself.]] This character was turned into Manfred for the movie and made the villain.
* RedHerring
* TooDumbToLive: I mean really, it should be ''obvious'' who the real killer is. Yet Vicki buys his flimsy, stammering explanation for why he wasn't harmed by the swarming that killed Mrs. Hargrove without hesitation.
** Protip for Manfred: They had spray bottles back in the 1960s.
* UselessProtagonist: Apart from bumbling into danger, Vicki doesn't actually ''do'' much of anything.
** She does end up throwing that stone bust at Manfred which spills the bee aggressor formula on his face, and she accidentally destroys the deadly bees by starting a fire.
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[[TheStinger "The dog's meat! Have you seen it?"]]
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