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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Brett See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Smaller Workman: [reading aloud from the screen] OH!... AND THE CAT!
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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 »

Soundtracks

Cathedral Consecration
(uncredited)
Music by Felton Rapley
Berry Music Ltd
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Has not stood up well to the test of time
26 December 2012 | by csrothwecSee all my reviews

Had found this one of the most hilarious things I had ever seen when originally viewed in the late-1960s/early-1970s and I had wondered for years why it was not shown more regularly on British TV. Finally got to see it again when it was tucked away at 11.00 pm - midnight on pre-Christmas viewing schedule. Having now re-watched it, I now know why it enjoys so few showings as it just does not cut it any more. Tommy Cooper is still hilarious (as he always was) just through his physical presence and personality and Jim Dale's appearances and the effects of these are also amusing. Otherwise, though, there is very little going for it. Most of the gags are so predictable you can see them coming miles away and the added tinned laughter others have commented on is just ghastly. The main problem, I found, though was that the TIMING was just atrocious to modern eyes. Sykes was very obviously trying to recreate ( could one say milk?) the heritage of classic stars such as Chaplin, Lloyd and, above all, Laurel & Hardy but does not come within five miles of their talent, especially the latter pair. I think any modern audience (of any age) will find more hilarity and deep belly laughs in virtually any Laurel &Hardy short than in this offering, which now really does belong in the museum of British comedy on film and is only really suitable for viewings by scholars of the genre and others like me (hence the rating) looking back on a much more innocent age and stage of their lives.


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