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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Tommy Cooper ...
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Jimmy Edwards ...
Policeman
Roy Castle ...
Graham Stark ...
Stratford Johns ...
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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Jimmy Tarbuck's fee was four bottles of whiskey. 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
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A Plankful of Trouble
18 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Plank is a slap stick short featuring Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper. Sykes wrote and directed this nearly silent short film and managed to get an all star cast. Keep you eyes peeled for Stratford Johns, Roy Castle, Jim Dale, Jimmy Tarbuck, Hattie Jacques, Graham Stark, Jimmy Edwards, John Junkin and other familiar faces of the 1960s and 1970s.

Sykes and Cooper are two workmen, when one of them uses the last floorboard for heating and they go out to buy a replacement. They return to the house with the plank on top of a van, but the journey is fraught with unexpected difficulties. The short film is a series of slapstick routines involving the plank and featured guest stars.

However some of the scenes do not quiet work and go on for too long such as driving around and trying to get out of the timber yard. Also the scenes with the female hitchhiker in the truck now looks distasteful.


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