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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  »

Box Office


£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 »


When Olive is too heavy for the sidecar, the rear motorcycle wheel lifts up. The combination would not have tipped up as Olive was sitting over the side wheel and as there are only three wheels in total, there is no other way in which it could have tipped. 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 Mutiny on the Buses (1972) 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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Un PC but I love it
10 April 2012 | by (Whitehaven Cumbria) – See all my reviews

Predictably the PC brigade have been out in force attacking On The Buses for being sexist, racist, offensive to women and probably blaming it for causing every world crisis of the last 40 years. While the film snobs and the PC brigade detested this film in 1971 and continue to do now, On the Buses was the biggest grossing film of 1971, far out grossing more artistic material like A Clockwork Orange and even outdid Diamonds Are Forever at the box office. Even now regular repeats on digital channels suggest there is a market for such a supposedly awful film.

I like it, as because at times it's cringeworthy, a big busted Irish woman is referred to as having breasts like the mountains of Mourne, this is part of the innocence of it. Sex is never referred to in graphic terms as you would get now, bad language is largely absent and the humour is of a slapstick variety that make it amusing to all age groups. I have seen On The Buses x amount of times since the seventies and the film still creases me up now. It's harmless fun if obviously a little dated and Stephen Lewis is on top form as the wannabe Hitler Blakey, who of course is outwitted at every turn by Stan and Jack.

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