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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

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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Comedy

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Release Date:

July 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A buszon  »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's two writers and producers were both called Ronald - Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. As there was a TV series at the time starring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker called The Two Ronnies (1971) - the pair were nick-named both this and "The Two Ronalds". See more »

Goofs

When Blakey is thrown off the bus while Stan is performing the skid, he slides on the tarmac up to the insurance assessor. As he does so, the wheels on the trolley he is sliding on is visible under his coat as he stops. 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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Connections

Followed by Mutiny on the Buses (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
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astounding
15 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Watching this for the first time since I saw it and its mother series as a kid, I was struck not by its supposed naffness, nor by its vulgar humour but by its sheer authenticity. Surely the true face of the British Working class has never been so accurately portrayed. Here are people in all their sweaty, ugly, sexed-up un-glory. Everything has to be a vulgar laugh, sensitivity is outlawed, sex is a constant obsession and everyone is potentially the butt of a joke. Authority is mocked but never really challenged and money is continuously short. If, in years to come, people want to understand what it was like to be working class in Britain in the early 1970s, they could do no worse than catch this film!


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