Steptoe and Son: Season 8, Episode 3

Porn Yesterday (18 Sep. 1974)

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Harold is excited to have found an old What the Butler Saw machine, complete with film reel. Unfortunately the nude couple in the film, made in the 1920s, are Albert and his sister-in-law, ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Harry H. Corbett ...
Anthony Sharp ...
Dorothy Frere ...
Mrs Cakebread
Joyce Windsor ...
Harry Fielder ...
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Harold is excited to have found an old What the Butler Saw machine, complete with film reel. Unfortunately the nude couple in the film, made in the 1920s, are Albert and his sister-in-law, who were consequently arrested. The vicar arrives, looking for contributions for the church jumble sale, and Harold gives him the machine, minus the film. The Steptoes arrive at the jumble sale to find the What the Butler Saw machine is a roaring success since some boy scouts discovered another old film,which is drawing the crowds. Albert becomes an instant celebrity, since he features in this film too, wearing only curly-toed slippers and suspenders for A Night in the Harem. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"My father...a male Linda Lovelace!"
6 February 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

While London swelters in a heat wave, Albert relaxes in the yard in a deckchair, stripped to the waist, a knotted hankie on his head, while poor Harold is out totting, having eaten nothing all day save a corned beef sandwich and drunk water from the horse's bucket.

Harold has picked up an old 'What The Butler Saw' machine on the rounds. On hearing that the film features a milkman pouring milk into a woman's bath, Albert's initial excitement turns to horror. He played the milkman years ago when he was young and broke. His wife's sister was the girl in the bath.

Harold thinks that this could ruin what little respect he has in the community. To make things worse, the Vicar and his wife express an interest in the machine for their forthcoming Garden Fete...

Another marvellous episode, brilliantly combining comedy and pathos as usual. It opens with a great sight gag as Harold puts on a pair of sunglasses, only for one of the lenses to fall out and land in a pile of horse dung. Albert weeping on seeing himself as a young man is a poignant moment. Wilfrid Brambell is on good form here, expertly switching from one emotion to another as his eagerness to view the film in the machine is replaced by shame at having appeared in it.

Anthony Sharp's 'Vicar' had previously appeared in 'Men Of Letters'.

Funniest moment - Albert dashes into the living room, wearing only a skimpy towel, unaware that the Vicar and his wife are standing behind him!

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