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The Plank (1967)

| Comedy | 1967 (UK)
Classic short British comedy, full of stars, about two workmen delivering planks to a building site. This is done with music and a sort of "wordless dialogue" which consists of a few ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Cooper ...
Larger Workman
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Smaller Workman
Jimmy Edwards ...
Policeman
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Delivery Man with boxes (Wilfred Bavistock)
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Amorous Van Driver (Harry Nichols)
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Station Sergeant
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House Painter
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Barman
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Woman with Rose
Rex Garner ...
Tourist
Libby Morris ...
Tourist
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One Eyed Truck Driver
Joan Young ...
Woman in Bus Queue with fur wrap
Barney Gilbraith ...
Paint-covered House Owner
Clovissa Newcombe ...
Girl in Van
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Classic short British comedy, full of stars, about two workmen delivering planks to a building site. This is done with music and a sort of "wordless dialogue" which consists of a few mumbled sounds to convey the appropriate emotion. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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You'll splinter your sides laughing at this classic of all comedies

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Only two characters are named in the entire film. Near the end, in the Police Station, the Desk Sergeant (Stratford Johns) is taking names. The 'Amorous Van Driver' (Graham Stark) gives his as 'Harry Nichols'. The 'Delivery man with Boxes' (Roy Castle) gives his as 'Wilfred Bavistock'. See more »

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The closing credits feature a shot of Tommy Cooper and Sykes looking into the camera as a cartoon crate is nailed around them with the words "This Way Up" and "The End". See more »

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Soundtracks

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
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Arranged by Brian Fahey
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Very funny, later remade
30 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This short is very reminiscent of the antics of many of the early silent film stars. Eric Sykes remade this piece in 1979, this time with Arthur Lowe (of Dad's Army and Mr. Men fame)in the role of the larger worker. Whichever version you choose to see, both Lowe and Cooper are very funny to watch, so you really can't go wrong no matter which you view.

Things like the car doors that must be closed at the same time to prevent the other popping open, and narrowly avoiding hitting people when they swing the plank around are straight from the realm of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd or even Laurel and Hardy. So if you like classic physical comedy and sight gags, in the vein of the classics, then find a version of The Plank and enjoy with a friend.


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