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On the Buses (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  July 1971 (UK)
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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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July 1971 (UK)  »

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A buszon  »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

11 performers have also had credited roles in the TV Series: Jeannette Wild, Ivor Salter, Norman Mitchell, Terry Duggan, Nosher Powell, Claire Davenport, Eunice Black, Andrea Lawrence, Pat Ashton and Wendy Richard. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Compared to "Footballers' Wives" - innocent merriment.
15 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not great art,we're not admiring the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel."Guernica " it isn't."On the buses" is a cheaply made comedy from the era of the Ford Cortina and the Austin Maxi.It was hugely popular with ordinary Brits who drove Ford Cortinas and Austin Maxis.It was their misfortune to be unaware that their predilection for seaside postcard humour would be regarded with contempt by a future generation many of whose values no doubt they in turn would have regarded with contempt. We must be careful whilst criticising their taste to remind ourselves that in 1971 TV was not awash with gutter language,explicit sex and extreme violence.Sitcoms were cheeky,yes,but nobody took them seriously.It was comedy,for God's sake. Is it possible that there is a correlation between the increased "awareness" of the media on the sensitive issue of sexism which their policy makers seem to believe can be dealt with by ruthlessly crushing any reference to the female sex in a comedy programme that is not totally adulatory,and the increased amount of disrespect and violence shown towards women in society in 2006?When Reg Varney made some outrageous remark to a large-bosomed bus conductress was he perhaps exorcising vicariously some deep need in the male members of his audience to do exactly the same thing themselves?Robbed by the self-appointed arbiters of public good of the opportunity of such relief,the nagged,the hen-pecked or the simply inadequate become more and more frustrated, sometimes with tragic results. There are no real people in "On the buses".Everyone is an escapee from a Donald McGill postcard.Cheeky bus driver,frustrated housewife,fat lady with glasses,miserable husband,buffoonish authority figure........ I watched "Footballers' Wives " last night.A blind man was thrown down a lift shaft,women were portrayed as scheming,greedy ,lying ,immoral and stupid.That's progress?I can't quite see how that empowers women - perhaps I'm missing something. Compared to "Footballers' Wives","On the buses" is a source if innocent merriment.


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