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The Plank (1967)

| Comedy | 1967 (UK)
Classic short British comedy, full of stars, about two workmen delivering planks to a building site. This is done with music and a sort of "wordless dialogue" which consists of a few ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Cooper ...
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Jimmy Edwards ...
Policeman
Roy Castle ...
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Station Sergeant
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House Painter
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Barman
Hattie Jacques ...
Rex Garner ...
Tourist
Libby Morris ...
Tourist
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Joan Young ...
Woman in Bus Queue with fur wrap
Barney Gilbraith ...
Clovissa Newcombe ...
Girl in Van
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Classic short British comedy, full of stars, about two workmen delivering planks to a building site. This is done with music and a sort of "wordless dialogue" which consists of a few mumbled sounds to convey the appropriate emotion. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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You'll splinter your sides laughing at this classic of all comedies

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Trivia

Only two characters are named in the entire film. Near the end, in the Police Station, the Desk Sergeant (Stratford Johns) is taking names. The 'Amorous Van Driver' (Graham Stark) gives his as 'Harry Nichols'. The 'Delivery man with Boxes' (Roy Castle) gives his as 'Wilfred Bavistock'. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits of the film begin with a shot of the plank itself, with the caption "Starring The Plank". This leads on to a succession of credits, some of which try to squeeze into the frame, and others which are sung by the cast. The final entry is a credit, also spoken by Eric Sykes, which reads: "Oh! ... And The Cat!" See more »

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Remade as The Plank (1979) See more »

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Cathedral Consecration
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Music by Felton Rapley
Berry Music Ltd
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This is a Landmark "Best of British" feel-good mini-film!
12 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just happened to tape "The Plank" when it was last shown on British terrestrial television (BBC2 5/12/95) and I've held onto this treasure ever since! My family and I love it to bits.We are however die-hard British 50s/60s/and 70/s-silent film fans, e.g. Futtock's End/A Home of Your Own/Rhubarb Rhubarb etc.etc. One of the main appeals of it is that you don't have to listen to it-it's very easy to watch if you've got young kids doing their own thing in the room with you.(they'll look up every now and then and laugh at certain bits). There is now available a DVD of "The Plank" Uncut which comes out at 51 Min's allegedly; this must go some way to outlining it's obvious popularity. I definitely do not prefer the 70's T.V. remake of this as it is so obviously a dumbed down/going through the motions version.The original is the dog's ........! There is however an interesting angle about the re-make and that is several of the original locations have been re-visited so I habitually acknowledge them all each time I view the re-make(Is that sad or good?) Just had to write an uplifting review as the first review doesn't do this justice and is a tad unfair to me.


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