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The Bargee (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 May 1964 (UK)
Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally ... See full summary »

Director:

Duncan Wood

Writers:

Ray Galton (original story), Alan Simpson (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett Harry H. Corbett ... Hemel
Hugh Griffith ... Joe
Eric Sykes ... The Mariner
Ronnie Barker ... Ronnie
Julia Foster ... Christine
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Nellie
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Foreman
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Doctor Scott
Norman Bird ... Waterways Supervisor
Richard Briers ... Tomkins
Brian Wilde ... Policeman
George A. Cooper ... Official in Office
Grazina Frame Grazina Frame ... Girl in Office
Jo Rowbottom Jo Rowbottom ... Cynthia (as Jo Rowbotham)
Edwin Apps ... George (Barman)
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Storyline

Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally caught when one of the girls, Christine, falls pregnant. Her protective father, a 'larger than life' character, who holds the canal record for drinking 29 pints of 'Brown & Mild' in a single session, is understandably upset by his daughter's situation... Written by Stephen Parkin <stephen@spcap.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1964 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At 1 hour 27 minutes, uncredited appearance of Anthony Chinn as crowd member behind Julia Foster's left shoulder during stand off with Hugh Griffiths. See more »

Goofs

When planning the journey on the Grand Union Canal the pair agree the first night at Rickmansworth, the second at Boxmoor and the third at Apsley. Geographically Apsley is before Boxmoor and also the two places are only a mile apart so would not both be overnight stopping points, even if in the correct order. See more »

Quotes

[Doctor Scott has just told Joe that his daughter is pregnant]
Joe: She must have been drugged or something. She couldn't have done it by herself.
Doctor Scott: No, quite.
Joe: I'll kill him! So help me, I'll kill him! They way I've looked after her. I promised her mother I'd send her to grammar school. And now the first yob that comes along, this happens.
Doctor Scott: [trying to be reassuring] Oh come now. It may not have been the *first* one.
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All the pace of a barge!!
3 January 2002 | by zzapper-2See all my reviews

David Mayall correctly identifies the film as a useful bit of social history, with many outside shots of a lost way of life. This does sufficiently warn potential viewers that as a comedy it is as dull as ditchwater. Ronnie Barker is crushed by Harry Corbets character. This is the kind of product which almost killed the British Film Industry. Have people voted 10 for this film out of irony? (Confession I was unable to see the end of film). Did any one pay to see this at the time?


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