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 »
Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief... 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 »
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Harry H. Corbett,
The trials and tribulations of bus driver Stan and his conductor Jack unfold in this weekly comedy. The bain of their working life is Inspector Blake who'll do anything to make their lives ... See full summary »
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Dr Nookey is disgraced and sent to a remote island hospital. He is given a secret slimming potion by a member of staff, Gladstone Screwer, and he flies back to England to fame and fortune. ... See full summary »
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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 »
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
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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 »
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
The first or second most successful movie at the British box office for the year 1971 depending on the source and analysis. See more »
In the canteen after Stan has laced the clippies' teas with diuretic pills, Vera (Pat Coombes) gives her tea to Blakey - she hasn't drunk any of it - and Stan gets a replacement from the serving-hatch. This is done so quickly he has no time to take the pills from his pocket and lace the drink but, despite this, Vera is as badly affected as those whose tea has been doped. 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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Just Watched It For The First Time...Found It Really Funny!
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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