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Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)

 -  Comedy  -  July 1973 (UK)
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Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Steptoe / Albert
Harry H. Corbett ...
Son / Harold
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Woman in Flat
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Doctor Popplewell
Neil McCarthy ...
Lennie
Bill Maynard ...
George
George Tovey ...
Percy
Sam Kydd ...
Claude
Yootha Joyce ...
Freda - Lennie's Wife
Olga Lowe ...
Percy's Wife
Joyce Hemson ...
Claude's Wife
Henry Woolf ...
Frankie Barrow
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Vicar
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Mr. Russell
Richard Davies ...
Butcher
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Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways to improve his lot, Harold invests his father's life savings in a greyhound who is almost blind and can't see the hare. When the dog loses a race and Harold has to pay off the debt, he comes up with another bright idea. Collect his father's life insurance. To do this his father must pretend to be dead. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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O Cabo dos Trabalhos  »

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The Steptoes live at 26A Oil Drum Lane. See more »

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When Albert visits Harland butchers, the lady in the hat jumps forward in her queue position between exterior and interior shots. See more »

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5 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Along with Dad's Army, Steptoe & Son was probably one of the top two British TV comedy series of the late '60s and early '70s. Running from 1962-1974 Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's series was an enormous hit for the BBC, and even spawned a very inferior US remake Sanford and Son. However, like many comedy series of the 1970s, Steptoe & Son barely survived the transition to the big screen.

The first film, Steptoe and Son, was just about acceptable, and was a surprisingly big hit in the UK. Steptoe and Son Ride Again, however, really scrapes the bottom of the barrel. This time Harold (Harry H. Corbett) loses a fortune buying a deaf greyhound (don't ask), and must fake his father's death to claim on the insurance money with, as they say, hilarious consequences.

Or not, in this case. Steptoe & Son was never a cosy series, but the story and scripting here are mean-spirited, and barely raise a titter. In order to provide something different from the TV shows, film versions like this often went for vulgarity over wit, and what seemed funny in a half hour episode became over-stretched at nearly three times that length. Some shows were no good anyway. It's not possible, for example, to make a silk purse out of Man About the House, but it's particularly dispiriting to see a series of the quality of Steptoe and Son descend to this level. This is not the best way to remember this series, and anyone who wants an introduction to it would be better off watching any one of the original TV episodes.


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