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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ... Hemel
... Joe
... The Mariner
... Ronnie
... Christine
Miriam Karlin ... Nellie
Eric Barker ... Foreman
Derek Nimmo ... Doctor Scott
... Waterways Supervisor
... Tomkins
... Policeman
... Official in Office
Grazina Frame ... Girl in Office
Jo Rowbottom ... Cynthia (as Jo Rowbotham)
... George (Barman)
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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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The narrow-boats Banstead and Bellerophon which were used in the film were built in 1936 and are still in existence (2016). Bellerophon became a horse drawn trip-boat on the River Wey and was renamed Iona. In this guise it made an appearance in the British TV soap Coronation Street (1960). Banstead continued to work for British Waterways until 1969 when it was sold to private use and after a career as camping boat and tearoom, Banstead is now fully restored to working condition and can often be seen on the Grand Union canal where it remains a minor celebrity, as many locals still remember the filming of The Bargee with fond memories. See more »

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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 »

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[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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A gentle comedy with bitter-sweet undertones of the end of an era
28 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

The film is unique in that it attempts to portray working life on the English canals as it really was in the 1960s, without the affected prettification of most accounts.

The bargees are workmen, Hemel (Corbett) the ladies man trapped by a pretty girl, and propelled to the altar on the end of a shotgun, and Ronnie (Barker) his none too bright right hand man.

The film is set immediately before the end of the way of life that it portrays, as commercial narrowboat carrying came to an end on Britains waterways. At the time of its release, this was a very recent memory, the trade having been finally killed off by the severe winter of 1963.

The boats seen in the film are the genuine article, used in a film about the end of the trade, mere months after it ended. Within a very short time after the film, most of the craft had been destroyed, leaving only a few in preservation.


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