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Harry H. Corbett ...
Hemel Pike
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Joe Turnbull
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The Mariner
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Ronnie
Julia Foster ...
Christine Turnbull
Miriam Karlin ...
Nellie Marsh
Eric Barker ...
Mr Parkes, the Foreman
Derek Nimmo ...
Dr. Scott
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Tomkins
George A. Cooper ...
Mr. Williams, Office Official
Grazina Frame ...
Girl in Office
Brian Wilde ...
Policeman
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Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally caught when one of the girls, Christine, falls pregnant. Her protective father, a 'larger than life' character, who holds the canal record for drinking 29 pints of 'Brown & Mild' in a single session, is understandably upset by his daughter's situation... Written by Stephen Parkin <stephen@spcap.demon.co.uk>

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The narrow-boats Banstead and Bellerophon which were used in the film were built around 1935 and are still in existence (2005). Bellerophon became a horse drawn trip-boat and was renamed Iona. In this guise it made an appearance in the British TV soap Coronation Street (1960). Banstead was recently offered for sale as one of a working pair of boats with a GBP75,000 price tag. See more »

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Several times the boats are seen traveling breasted up between locks but when the crew are standing on the back talking there is no propeller wash behind them. See more »

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The Bargee grows on you
11 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, it is nostalgic. Yes, it is slow, but canal boats can only cruise at 4 m.p.h. so perhaps it matches the storyline. Anyway, who says film has to be frenetic all the time? Harry H. Corbett is superb. It's a shame he never received more recognition for his talents during his life time. The film also was an early chance for Ronnie Barker to shine as Hemel's dim witted cousin. But my favourite supporting players are Eric Sykes' canal enthusiast energetically freewheeling through his scenes. He turns what are little more than vignettes into perfect sketches. Jo Rowbottom appears as one of Hemel's squeezes. Her brief appearance is actually quite touching- Hemel treats her badly, and she knows it.

If nothing else, Give it a try if you are a film buff! It's a 'spot the British character actor' film. Perfect rainy afternoon fare, except it has only been shown once on television in the last ten years.


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