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Holiday on the Buses (1973)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 December 1973 (UK)
Stan and Jack seek work at a bus driving holiday camp after being fired from the bus company for crashing two buses, only to find Inspector Blake works there also.

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Reg Varney ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Doris Hare ...
Michael Robbins ...
Anna Karen ...
Bob Grant ...
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Bert Thompson
Kate Williams ...
Red Cross Nurse
Arthur Mullard ...
Queenie Watts ...
Henry McGee ...
Holiday Camp Manager
Adam Rhodes ...
Little Arthur
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Depot Manager
Hal Dyer ...
Mrs. Coombs
Franco De Rosa ...
Luigi (as Franco Derosa)
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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 security guard and manages to get caught in accidental compromising situations with the camp's nurse. The Butlers head for one disaster after another as Jack and Stan,still chasing women half their age,take two girls for a bus trip on the sands only for the bus to sink in as the tide approaches. Olive gets into bed with someone else's husband when she makes it back to the wrong chalet in the dark and 'little' Arthur sprays the chalet with ink,requiring a re-painting job. The holiday over Arthur's sidecar combination manages to come apart on the way out as it did on the way in. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Brand New "On the Buses" Comedy! See more »

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26 December 1973 (UK)  »

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Ein irrer Trip im Wahnsinnsbus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The make and model of the open top Brighton-style bus was a mostly green (but with blue, orange and yellow spot colors) Bristol Lodekka LD6G Eastern Coachworks low-height double-decker bus. Its license plate number was XFM 229. See more »

Goofs

During the sequence when Stan's Mystery Tour bus catches up with and proceeds to overtake Arthur and the family supposedly on their way To the Prestatyn Holiday Camp, they are in fact travelling in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: You stupid great lump! Now I'll have to go through that whole performance again. With my back it'll be the death of me.
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References Carry on Loving (1970) See more »

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Don't expect too much and you'll have a good time.
10 May 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If you were growing up in Britain in the 1970s or early 80s, then Holiday On The Buses will provide you with a very potent hit of nostalgia that will doubtless get you talking about "the good old days". It's nobody's idea of sophisticated, and the arthouse crowd should avoid it like the plague, but if you approach it with an open mind you'll probably have a good time.

It's all very predictable, of course, but it fits in nicely with a sub-genre of British comedy best described as "everything goes wrong" where it sits alongside Fawlty Towers and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. There are plenty of minor stars on display soon, such as Grange Hill's Mr Bronson, regular Benny Hill sidekick Henry McGee, Joan from Love Thy Neighbour and the inimitable Arthur Mullard.

It's not quite Carry On, but it passes the time painlessly.


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