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The Bargee (1964)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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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George, the Barman
Norman Bird ...
Albert Williams, the Waterways Supervisor
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Tomkins
Ronnie Brody ...
Ted Croxley
George A. Cooper ...
Mr Williams, Office Official
Ed Devereaux ...
Boat Man
Grazina Frame ...
Girl in Office
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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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On the barges
1 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mild light comedy concerning dam master (Griffith) whose impressionable daughter (Foster) conceives to barge operator and ladies' man (Corbett), much to Griffith's chagrin. Ronnie Barker co-stars as Corbett's cousin and fellow "bargee" (with somewhat less luck with the ladies), the two concerned also with the imminent extinction of the centuries old tradition, in favour of motorised vessels.

Solid cast includes veteran Griffith as the gruff, ill-tempered man of the waterways (and sporting a bird's nest that would make Francis De Wolff or Sebastian Cabot blush), Barker as the amiable sidekick and prominent supporting roles for Derek Nimmo, Richard Briers and Norman Bird as a cowardly administrator who attempts to confront Griffith after he's sabotaged the canal as retribution for his daughter's, "condition". Some viewers may also recognise Ed Devereaux pre-"Skippy".

Essentially it seemed to me to be a tale about the preservation of traditions, some of which are anachronisms to the present day, others worth conserving. Pleasant enough slapstick with some nice countryside exteriors and a delightful supporting cast, a modest and inoffensive time-filler.


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