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A Hole Lot of Trouble (1971)

Three workmen assigned to dig a hole near a road for an electrical cable run into problems with local officials who believe the hole is being dug in the wrong place and should be closer to the home of a prissy fashion designer.

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Whitehouse
Victor Maddern ...
Percy
Tim Barrett ...
Longbottom
Bill Maynard ...
Bill
Ken Parry ...
Charles
Leslie Dwyer ...
Evangelist
Benny Lee ...
Bert
Brian Weske ...
Digby
Neal Arden ...
Military Type Man
Jack Chissick
Michael Sharvell-Martin ...
Newly-wed Husband
Georgina Simpson ...
Carol
Hani Borelle ...
Fenella
Hazel Coppen
Geraldine Gardner ...
Newly-wed Wife (as Trudi van Doorn)
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Three workmen assigned to dig a hole near a road for an electrical cable run into problems with local officials who believe the hole is being dug in the wrong place and should be closer to the home of a prissy fashion designer.

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Forgettable short that wants to be The Plank and fails
13 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A HOLE LOT OF TROUBLE is a short comedy film obviously made to capture some of the magic of the likes of THE PLANK. The story is about some workmen digging a hole who are beset by bureaucratic busybodies and the machinations of a fashion designer who just so happens to be living nearby.

This is a virtually unseen film which is hardly surprising as it's not very good. As a comedy, it's not remotely funny, which comes as a real surprise given the talent of the cast involved. Arthur Lowe is on familiar form as the council official, and Victor Maddern and Bill Maynard are obvious choices for the workshy diggers. Leslie Dwyer even makes an appearance, randomly shoehorned into the storyline as he is.

But where's the humour? In short supply, that's obvious. Way too much of the short running time is taken up with a gay stereotype fashion designer character who I didn't much care for. Women are only around to titillate the men, and there's little of the slapstick I was hoping for. Director Francis Searle repeatedly proved himself to be a workmanlike director in the B-movies he churned out in the 1960s and ended his career making equally forgettable short films like this one.


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