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 »
Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan's money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot ... See full summary »
George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »
The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff, as they get given ... See full summary »
Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the ... See full summary »
1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then ... See full summary »
A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »
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
Oddly, there is no credit given to London Weekend Television, who devised and made the parent TV series. See more »
When the sidecar separates from the motorcycle, the extra wheel that allows it to keep going can be seen. 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!
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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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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