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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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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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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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Trivia

The Butlers live at 2 Malden Road. Olive gives birth at St Luke's Maternity Hospital. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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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Just Watched It For The First Time...Found It Really Funny!
21 December 2008 | by (Essex) – See all my reviews

Well I'm only 37 years late, but good movies stand the test of time, and this one (which is a few years older than me) is still hilarious in 2008! It's not really that dated, to be honest, other than the music, fashion and various bus-driving techniques. You don't see sexy young "clippies" on your local Arriva nowadays, more's the pity. Where are the laughs to be found in an Oyster card? The union stuff seems pretty 70s as well. But the locations look strangely up-to-date. I'm guessing they were somewhere in North London/Hertfordshire near the Elstree studios.

All this crap about it being sexist or whatever, anyone who thinks that has obviously never been in a workplace full of men. Men haven't changed. The only difference is that the media is run by many more women and "out" gay people nowadays, and so they clearly won't relate to the humour here. Fair enough, but don't make the mistake of thinking these types of attitudes are dated, cos they're not. In fact, they enjoyed somewhat of a fashion revival in the 90s with the "new lad" culture, which survives well into the present day on various cable channels and magazines like "Nuts" and "Zoo".

As one other reviewer said, it's that honesty and realism about what working men think about and do, to get through the monotony of the day, that makes On The Buses stand out as above average...not to mention the fact that slapstick comedy and innuendo, well-executed and as convincing parts of a plot line, are timelessly funny! The plot, such as it was, is almost instantly forgettable. Technically I guess this is a flaw, but what sticks in my mind after watching the movie is a general manic feelgood factor.

If you're the kind of person who finds female-orientated programmes like Big Brother entertaining then probably this isn't for you. If, however, you want to watch an ego-free ensemble comedy that can make you laugh then you could do a lot worse than On The Buses.


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