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The Plank (1967)

 |  Comedy  |  1967 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Cooper ...
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Jimmy Edwards ...
Policeman
Roy Castle ...
Graham Stark ...
Stratford Johns ...
Station Sergeant
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House Painter
Jimmy Tarbuck ...
Barman
Hattie Jacques ...
Rex Garner ...
Tourist
Libby Morris ...
Tourist
John Junkin ...
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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Tommy Cooper replaced Peter Sellers who was forced to withdraw after shooting conflicts with another movie. 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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Two short planks
21 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this British comedy short from the mid-60's. Although just before my time, Tommy Cooper and to a lesser degree Eric Sykes could reasonably make me laugh on their TV variety or sit-com shows plus I came to this piece after watching a rather fawning TV biography of the recently deceased Sykes containing eulogies of praise from the surprising likes of Eddie Izzard, Michael Palin and others. Sykes wrote and directed this off-beat, near-silent short move about two dozy workmen's encounter with a plank of wood and peopled it with friends and colleagues of the time, including the inevitable Hattie Jacques and Jimmy Edwards, but also in small parts if you closely enough the likes of Bill Oddie, Jim Dale and Jimmy Tarbuck. But the humour really is quite dated. Sykes makes reasonable use of running gags but the sketch-like sequences often run on too long and much of the material is somewhat predictable and stilted, even resorting lazily to sexism as a young female hitch-hiker gets manhandled for her trouble.

In its favour, the hitch-hiker section notwithstanding, the humour is clean, gentle and inoffensive. I didn't really think Cooper and Sykes gelled together in their roles as two chippies off the old block and while I acknowledge the debt paid to Sykes comedy heroes of the Silent Era, most obviously Laurel and Hardy, there the comparison ends, indeed I was reminded more of Crackerjack's Peter Glaze and Don MacLean (now they were my era!), hapless double-act more than the immortal Stan and Ollie.

The film's a nice little document of old-school comedy of a bygone age but sad to say it hasn't aged well and in truth is more a museum piece nowadays than genuine entertainment.


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