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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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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Brett See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Tarbuck's fee was four bottles of whiskey. 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 »

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Remade as The Plank (1979) See more »

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Cathedral Consecration
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Music by Felton Rapley
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Good for it's time,gags hammered slightly home.
10 June 2002 | by sheptonmallettSee all my reviews

I've just recently found a copy of "The Plank" I didn't know I had, I watched it and discovered that, yes, as one reviewer as wrote, it was good for it's time. The gags are slightly hammered home a little, but it does have it's place as a british short, describing: What times were like back then, in reality and as a movie industry. Eric Sykes is a clever comic actor whose timing is quite nice to watch, but here Tommy Cooper is more or less wasted. The colour and look of the film, give the impression that it was done by a die-hard Jacques Tati fan. Overall, innocent, good for it's time and (without patronizing) worth a look if your elderly relatives want a giggle if you can't find your Mr Bean Tapes.


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