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On the Buses (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  9 July 1971 (UK)
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Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ...
Doris Hare ...
Michael Robbins ...
Anna Karen ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Bob Grant ...
Andrea Lawrence ...
Betty
Pat Ashton ...
Sally
Brian Oulton ...
Manager
Pamela Cundell ...
Ruby
Pat Coombs ...
Vera
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Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ...
Mr. Brooks
David Lodge ...
Busman
Brenda Gogan ...
Bridget
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Storyline

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... just! His job is secure, as bus drivers are hard to come by, and his overtime prospects are good, until the bus company decide to revoke a long standing rule and employ women bus drivers. Aghast at the thought of no overtime and, therefore, less wages, he joins forces with his long time work colleague Jack to sabotage the new female employees. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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9 July 1971 (UK)  »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The first or second most successful movie at the British box office for the year 1971 depending on the source and analysis. See more »

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When the sidecar separates from the motorcycle, the extra wheel that allows it to keep going can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Blakey, Stan's Inspector: 'What's the matter with you, can't you drive? eh? Oh my god, look what you've done! Quick, get in that cab, pull away, quick! Hurry up!
Vera: I can't! Theres spiders in my cab!
Blakey, Stan's Inspector: Spiders? I don't care if you've got ants in your pants! You get in that cab and pull away quick!
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Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
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A decent British comedy, and that's a surprise
5 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite almost universal condemnation these days as one of Hammer's worst, this film adaptation of a popular TV comedy was the most successful film of the year at the British box office. I watched it with some trepidation, knowing it to be resented by the majority of Hammer fans, but to my relief I found it a witty, knowing and altogether nostalgic '70s comedy.

Like the best of the genre, ON THE BUSES provides a time capsule of working class life in the 1970s. The humour feels natural rather than forced, the characters feel true to life and the situations feel realistic. Yes, there's a preoccupation with sex and the film itself is crushingly misogynistic by modern standards, but the same can be said about comparable '70s movies of the era like CARRY ON LOVING or CARRY ON GIRLS.

As ever, my favourite character in the whole thing is Stephen Lewis's dogged inspector, but it's the dependable Reg Varney who holds the whole thing together as the lead. The storyline, which encapsulates a battle of the sexes, works well and there's a definite predominance of successful over unsuccessful gags. If you're a fan of British comedy in the 1970s then this is a must.


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