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I first saw this film MANY years ago ( I am now 42) As far as I can
remember there was no real dialogue. Instead there were mumbles, sounds
etc, but it was a film that would by the nature of its comic genius, be
understood by ANY country. Anyone who liked "The Plank" or "Futtocks
End" would laugh their bits off over this one.
It was a "slightly" slapstick film about a daytrip to the continent (France I believe). It contained stereotypes. The English Lobster, sits in the sun until he/she turns red. The French drinks brandy, drives his car eats onions. The German is efficient and official.
Which ever country you are from, you would probably not see the funny side of the jokes about you, but would roar with laughter at the way the others are portrayed.
This was politically incorrect, but then again, what wasn't in those days.
THIS IS A MUST SEE IF YOU GET A CHANCE ( I.E They play it on TV where you live )WATCH IT. Honest.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Picture the scene: a Frenchman is riding a bike across a bridge. A car
overtakes, causing him to swerve violently. He plunges into the river.
A moment later, we see onions bobbing to the surface.
That gag should give you an idea of the level of humour to be found in this film. During the '60's and '70's, a number of independent British studios churned out 'featurettes' - short films designed to be shown as supporting features in cinemas, of which 'San Ferry Ann' was one. Years later, they turned up on television either in afternoon or late night slots. Indeed, 'Ann' was a favourite repeat item in the early days of Channel 4. Its not been seen anywhere recently, which makes its recent D.V.D. release all the more welcome.
The premise is this; a group of British holidaymakers board a ferry to France, and predictably, chaos results. Some go camping, others book into a seedy hotel. Amongst the tourists are Barbara Windsor, Ronnie Stevens, David Lodge, Joan Sims, Rodney Bewes and Wilfrid Brambell. Cropping up in smaller roles are Ron Moody, Brian Murphy, Hugh Paddick, Fred Emney and Warren Mitchell.
If you liked the 'Two Ronnies' specials 'The Picnic' and 'By The Sea', you'll love this. Not a word of dialogue is spoken throughout. It perfectly captures the eccentric behaviour of the British abroad. As has been noted by others, the French are stereotypically depicted in berets, striped T-shirts and with a fondness for frog's legs and stinky cheese.
The script was by Bob Kellett, who would later direct the movie versions of 'Are You Being Served?' and 'Up Pompeii'. Take it from me, this is a thousand times funnier. In fact it seems far longer than its fifty-five minute running time.
Funniest moment - Wilfrid Brambell chasing a tent which has blown out to sea!
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