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On the Buses (1971)

PG | | Comedy | 9 July 1971 (UK)
Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »

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Harry Booth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney Reg Varney ... Stan Butler
Doris Hare Doris Hare ... Stan's Mum
Michael Robbins Michael Robbins ... Arthur Rudge, Stan's Brother-in-Law
Anna Karen Anna Karen ... Olive Rudge, Stan's Sister
Stephen Lewis ... Blakey, Stan's Inspector
Bob Grant Bob Grant ... Jack Harper, Stan's Conductor
Andrea Lawrence Andrea Lawrence ... Betty
Pat Ashton Pat Ashton ... Sally
Brian Oulton ... Manager
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Ruby
Pat Coombs Pat Coombs ... Vera
Wendy Richard ... Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ... Mr. Brooks
David Lodge ... Busman
Brenda Gogan Brenda Gogan ... Bridget
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Storyline

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... just! His job is secure, as bus drivers are hard to come by, and his overtime prospects are good, until the bus company decide to revoke a long standing rule and employ women bus drivers. Aghast at the thought of no overtime and, therefore, less wages, he joins forces with his long time work colleague Jack to sabotage the new female employees. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A buszon See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgware, Middlesex, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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EMI Films,Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the bus company was the "Town & District Bus Co.". See more »

Goofs

The positions of the women drivers eating in the canteen changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Blakey, Stan's Inspector: 'What's the matter with you, can't you drive? eh? Oh my god, look what you've done! Quick, get in that cab, pull away, quick! Hurry up!
Vera: I can't! Theres spiders in my cab!
Blakey, Stan's Inspector: Spiders? I don't care if you've got ants in your pants! You get in that cab and pull away quick!
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Connections

Spun-off from On the Buses (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
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Off the socio-political wall!
10 March 2006 | by MichaelSee all my reviews

The fact that this film was by far the biggest draw of its year at the British box office makes it far more interesting, as a historical document of the culturally regressive preferences of a population on the verge of the 'progress' of currency decimalisation, than as an otherwise ineffably disturbing episode in British cinema history. That is to say, the extent to which the working-class without money were prepared to pay out of said penury to witness the spectacle of the 'working-class' with money get even more, by virtue of their supporters' subservient quest for populist media identity.

Tangentially, this would shortly go on to coincide with the ultimate and unjust critical decline of the 'Carry On's, achieving nothing but giving the briefly commercially successful green light to the subsequent 'Confessions' series and it's suitably innumerable illegitimate offspring.

In the 'grand' (ie overridingly sexist) tradition of the enormously popular coitaneous ITV sitcom, the 'plot' centres around resident lovable 'rogue' duo Varney and Grant's aghast reaction to the promotion of female canteen workers to female bus drivers at their depot. However, their prevailing "Owight darling (nudge wink)" attitude; inherent to their apocryphally predicated physical 'charms'; wins the day without any hint of irony whatsoever save for the interludes of 20-stone ogre husbands coming home early 'inbetween bus stops' to interrupt the otherwise cogently countenanced anti-late-60s ideology of women daring to claim any place in society outside of the bedroom of 'men on the job'. Otherwise of course, you ended up as a perpetually ironing 'mum' or the perpetually unsexed, unloved 'Olive'.

People moaned enough about the early 70s Hammer studios obsession with combining blood and breasts to earn a profit, and whilst this has no blood to be sure, breasts are 'spilled' within the first few minutes no doubt as a Confessions-precursory 'More Than We Could Get Away With on TV' draw.

It remains inconceivable that such a purveyor of finely crafted films could also be responsible for one of the year's most cinematically redundant and, to quote a previous reviewer, what amounts to little more than a cut-and-paste job of any given 3 TV episodes.

In other words, faultlessly artless nostalgia for those who would especially succumb regardless to pre-PC humour. So yes, I did laugh, and shamelessly so...


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