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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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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 Butlers live at 2 Malden Road. Olive gives birth at St Luke's Maternity Hospital. See more »

Goofs

As the driver walks towards the cab after Stan puts the spiders in it, she is wearing boots. In the next shot, when she is feeling the spiders on her legs, she is wearing shoes. 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

References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 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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Un PC but I love it
10 April 2012 | by glenn-aylettSee all my reviews

Predictably the PC brigade have been out in force attacking On The Buses for being sexist, racist, offensive to women and probably blaming it for causing every world crisis of the last 40 years. While the film snobs and the PC brigade detested this film in 1971 and continue to do now, On the Buses was the biggest grossing film of 1971, far out grossing more artistic material like A Clockwork Orange and even outdid Diamonds Are Forever at the box office. Even now regular repeats on digital channels suggest there is a market for such a supposedly awful film.

I like it, as because at times it's cringeworthy, a big busted Irish woman is referred to as having breasts like the mountains of Mourne, this is part of the innocence of it. Sex is never referred to in graphic terms as you would get now, bad language is largely absent and the humour is of a slapstick variety that make it amusing to all age groups. I have seen On The Buses x amount of times since the seventies and the film still creases me up now. It's harmless fun if obviously a little dated and Stephen Lewis is on top form as the wannabe Hitler Blakey, who of course is outwitted at every turn by Stan and Jack.


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