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Harry H. Corbett ...
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Joe Turnbull
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The Mariner
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Ronnie
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Christine Turnbull
Miriam Karlin ...
Nellie Marsh
Eric Barker ...
Mr Parkes, the Foreman
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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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When planning the journey on the Grand Union Canal the pair agree the first night at Rickmansworth, the second at Boxmoor and the third at Apsley. Geographically Apsley is before Boxmoor and also the two places are only a mile apart so would not both be overnight stopping points, even if in the correct order. See more »

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Tedious and disappointing
7 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What were they thinking? Acting of a level found in children's movies, yet a story about philandering? Some of the acting is jaw-droppingly bad, with the most bizarre from the fellow playing the doctor, followed by the mariner-twit. Julia Foster and Hugh Griffith deliver the only satisfactory performances.

The concept of the movie is commendable: documenting the fast-fading life along the canals. The widescreen Technicolor does the subject justice. But it should have been more of a slice-of-life approach, with more natural acting and writing. Instead, it is painfully corny.

British viewers seem to like it. Perhaps they are more used to this sort of highly artificial acting, from their movies and television programs? American TV is not without its share of corn, such as Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies, also from the Sixties. So there must be people who like this sort of thing.

My guess is The Bargee has more appeal to British viewers, the subject being part of their cultural heritage. However, although I love historical period movies, this lacks the vérité and detail to really give me a feeling of the time. The music also often seems out of joint with the action on the screen. The end result is tedious and disappointing.


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