Steptoe and Son: Season 7, Episode 7

The Desperate Hours (3 Apr. 1972)

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It's a cold winter day and the Steptoes are reduced to putting pfennigs in the meter. They are visited by two escaped convicts, elderly Frank and the younger Johnny. When Johnny denounces ... See full summary »

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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Harry H. Corbett ...
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Johnny Spooner
J.G. Devlin ...
Frank Ferris
Corbet Woodall ...
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Tommy Vance ...
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It's a cold winter day and the Steptoes are reduced to putting pfennigs in the meter. They are visited by two escaped convicts, elderly Frank and the younger Johnny. When Johnny denounces Frank as introducing him to crime and ruining his life, Harold sympathises and says that Albert has always held him back. Frank defends Albert, telling Harold to respect his father. When the two finally leave, having given Harold their last shilling for the meter, Johnny agrees to let Frank go with him, just as Harold has always allowed himself to return to Albert. Steptoe and Son feel sad that their visitors have gone. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[Johnny and Frank are escaped prisoners on the run who want the Steptoes to lend them their car so they can make their getaway. Harold offers them the carthorse instead]
Frank Ferris: We can't make a getaway on an horse, Johnny.
Harold Steptoe: Dick Turpin did!
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One of the best Steptoes ever.
5 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I once heard Galton and Simpson discussing this episode and they said it had always been a problem getting leading actors to appear in Steptoe as Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell were such powerful performers other actors were afraid of being acted off the screen. However, Leonard Rossiter and J.G. Devlin were in the same league and this made it a cracking half-hour of brilliantly acted comedy. It was like watching a half-hour stage play with it becoming clear that the two escaped prisoners enjoyed a more comfortable life than the Steptoes. The claustrophobia of the Steptoe's main room was just as heavy as that in any prison cell. Brilliant!


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