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The Plank (1967)

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 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


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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1967 (UK) See more »

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Associated London Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The Plank with all the stars signatures was sold at an auction in Colchester on 5 December 2011 for £1,050. It had been previously won by a family in Clacton for being the 100,000th visitors at an Ideal Homes Exhibition. 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 »


Remade as The Plank (1979) See more »


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Arranged by Brian Fahey
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Very funny, later remade
30 April 2006 | by jburke293See 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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