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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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Eric Sykes

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Eric Sykes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Cooper Tommy Cooper ... Larger Workman
Eric Sykes ... Smaller Workman
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Policeman
Roy Castle ... Delivery Man with boxes (Wilfred Bavistock)
Graham Stark ... Amorous Van Driver (Harry Nichols)
Stratford Johns ... Station Sergeant
Jim Dale ... House Painter
Jimmy Tarbuck ... Barman
Hattie Jacques ... Woman with Rose
Rex Garner Rex Garner ... Tourist
Libby Morris Libby Morris ... Tourist
John Junkin ... One Eyed Truck Driver
Joan Young Joan Young ... Woman in Bus Queue with fur wrap
Barney Gilbraith Barney Gilbraith ... Paint-covered House Owner
Clovissa Newcombe 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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English

Release Date:

1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Brett See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Remade as The Plank (1979) See more »

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
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Arranged by Brian Fahey
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British comedy at its best
19 January 2010 | by parcdelagrangeSee all my reviews

This is a hilarious piece of nonsense from a cast of very talented actors/comedians. Eric Sykes is one of the greatest comedy actors/writers that Britain has produced and this film should not be slated because it seems dated by todays standards (it was made over 40 years ago). The plot is simple, the story is simple, but the simplicity of it is its charm. It is a film purely designed to entertain and to make one laugh, it has no message or underlying agenda, other than to bring a smile to people of all ages and nationality. The cast are all masters of their craft, the pick of the 60's comedians, and all 'proper' comedians, they did not have to resort to shock tactics and foul language to get the audiences attention, unlike todays comics. It seems to have stood the test of time, for few people have never heard of it and it has often been referred to a a 'British Classic' .... and deservedly so.


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