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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 ... 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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The original TV crew in their first hilarious movie See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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 make and model of Arthur (Michael Robbins)'s motorcycle was an old model 1935/1936 BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) W35-8 Bluestar motorbike. The bike had a sidecar and was also seen regularly in the source On the Buses (1969) TV series. See more »

Goofs

When Stan is taking his driving test at the London Transport testing facility, he closes the blind behind him inside the driver's cab. When Blakey realises Stan is driving away on the test with himself still on the bus, he rushes to the driver's cab from inside the bus and is able to lift the blind from the outside of the window when the the blind is inside. 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

Referenced in Love, Lust & Lies (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
Title song
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"Not hilarious, but still charming"
27 August 2003 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

This spin-off from the popular ITV sitcom was the most popular British film of 1971, it's takings even outgrossing Diamonds Are Forever, the James Bond film of that year. Take my word for it, the critics tore it to pieces and they still do now when it's shown on television.

I don't think it's overly funny but I still love it. Okay so it's sexist, but like the Carry On films, even though it's not hilarious it still possesses a certain charm that these overblown American comedies cannot hope to achieve.

All the series regulars are here. Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Anna Karen,Bob Grant and Stephen Lewis. While they were all charming, Michael Robbins stands out for me because his comic timing was impeccable. For example, he would sit there reading the paper and suddenly he would look up and utter something amusing.


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