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Holiday on the Buses (1973)

 -  Comedy  -  26 December 1973 (UK)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ...
Stephen Lewis ...
Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake 'Blakey' Blake
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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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

bus | chalet | bus trip | erotica | erotic 70s | See more »

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It's a laugh package tour . . so come along with "the gang" See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

26 December 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ein irrer Trip im Wahnsinnsbus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Movie posters for the picture featured a cartoon caricature collection of characters from the movie as was typical of the period especially for comedy films. However, poster promo materials for this picture were different from the earlier On the Buses (1971) and Mutiny on the Buses (1972) cinema movies in that the head-shots of the cartoon character caricatures were not in color but in black-and-white. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, after Stan hits the General Manager's car, and starts to pull away, the camera cuts to his cab, and he says "Alright!" There is a green bus visible in this scene. It is stopped, but then it is seen starting to move. This is the bus which hits Stan's bus. The number and destination match up. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I've been telling the girls about that mystery tour we're going to take them on tonight.
Stan Butler: What mystery tour?
Jack: You know, that one at 9'o clock, on the beach.
Stan Butler: Oh that mystery tour.
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Spun-off from On the Buses (1969) 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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