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On the Buses (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  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 overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ...
Doris Hare ...
Michael Robbins ...
Anna Karen ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Bob Grant ...
Andrea Lawrence ...
Pat Ashton ...
Brian Oulton ...
Pamela Cundell ...
Pat Coombs ...
Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ...
Mr Brooks
David Lodge ...
Brenda Gogan ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

July 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

On the Buses  »

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£90,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stan (badge registration number AZ 721) and Jack (AZ 431)'s bus route is the 13 to Town's End, via Wellfield Street and Mulberry Circus. See more »


During the closing credits when Stan is driving his bus down the road, a car overtakes him with an 'L' plate on the front. A driving instructor would not get a learner driver to overtake any vehicle. See more »


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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Followed by Holiday on the Buses (1973) See more »


It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
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1 of 3 movies to spin-off the series
11 March 2011 | by (the deep caverns of the underground) – See all my reviews

The trials and tribulations of Stan Butler, his family, his best mate and fellow conductor, Jack, and being constantly at odds with his inspector, 'Blakey' (whose character bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler). Blake always has a go at Stan and Jack, usually for being late getting the bus out 'on time', or catching the pair with different women, usually 'clippies', or canteen staff.

The mischief these 2 fellas get up to.

In the Butler household, it is anything but a happy family. Stan's brother-in-law Arthur usually embarks on a verbiage with his wife, Olive, who, while not very bright, tries her best to please him. Stan's mum, whose name does not appear until the third movie (Mabel), tries to keep the family together, especially when Olive becomes pregnant and soon after there is a baby to take care of.

If you liked the TV series, you may like this particular movie. I also recommend the sequel 'Mutiny On The Buses' as it is linked (in part) to this one.

I don't recommend Holiday On The Buses, unless you want a change from the 'depot'.

Classic British comedy at its best for the 1970s. 9/10

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