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  (in credits order)

Rowan Atkinson ... Robert Box / Dave Perry / Mr. Marshall
Sue Holderness ... Lorraine
Joan Scott ... Mrs. Nolan
John J. Carney ... Bus Conductor
Harry Shacklock ... Old Man
George Belbin ... Passenger
George Romanov ... Foreigner
Michael Staniforth ... Sanders
Martin Wimbush ... Lloyd
Michael Brennan ... Security Guard
Alan Curtis ... Head Waiter
Christopher Lillicrap ... Waiter
Alan Hay ... Pianist

Directed by
Geoffrey Sax 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rowan Atkinson 

Produced by
Humphrey Barclay .... producer
Cinematography by
Michael Lingard  (as Mike Lingard)
Film Editing by
Geoff Beames (videotape editor)
John Street 
Casting by
Nikki Finch 
Production Design by
Richard Dunn 
Costume Design by
Alyson Ritchie 
Makeup Department
Pauline Green .... makeup artist
Production Management
Glen Jennings .... production manager
Art Department
John Tribe .... graphics
Sound Department
Graham Hix .... sound
Derek Rye .... sound
Sid Squires .... sound (as Syd Squires)
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Innes-Hopkins .... lighting technician
Tony Mander .... camera operator
Paul Stripp .... vision controller
Editorial Department
Terry Kinane .... vision mixer
Other crew
Cherry Crompton .... production assistant
Anne Ibbotson .... stage manager
Mike Mollan .... senior floor manager
Carole Todd .... dance

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30 min

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Before Bean There was Box, 2 January 2006
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

Every now and then something comes along which hits you in the face like a wet flannel. I caught 'Canned Laughter' on its original I.T.V. transmission in 1979, following a showing of 'Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes'. Not having heard of Mr.Atkinson, I wasn't sure what to expect. Thirty minutes later, my sides ached from laughing too much. I spent the next few days telling all and sundry about this strange rubber-faced man whom was clearly destined to be the next Peter Sellers. Atkinson played three roles; the nerdy Robert Box, his sinister boss Mr.Marshall, and would-be stand-up comic Dave Perry. Box has somehow gotten the most attractive girl in his office, Lorraine ( played by the lovely Sue Holderness ) to agree to a date, and, being a right twit, messes it up. Box was clearly the inspiration for 'Mr.Bean'. Despite its excellence, 'Canned Laughter' strangely never became a series, leaving Rowan free to do 'Not The 9 O'Clock News' for the B.B.C.

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