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Bless This House (1972)

1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then ... See full summary »

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Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Dave Freeman (screenplay based on the Thames Television Series)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Sid Abbot
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Jean Abbot
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Sally Abbot
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Trevor Lewis
Terry Scott ... Ronald Baines
June Whitfield ... Vera Baines
Robin Askwith ... Mike Abbot
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Kate Baines
Patsy Rowlands ... Betty Lewis
George A. Cooper ... Mr Wilson
Bill Maynard ... Oldham
Marianne Stone ... Muriel
Janet Brown Janet Brown ... Annie Hobbs
Julian Orchard ... Tom Hobbs
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Alf Murray
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1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then the rude and arrogant Ronald Baines and his family move in next door. Garden-fence hostilities soon commence. Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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The Greatest Family Comedy Team Now on the Big Screen!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Schütze dieses Haus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mike gets married at the end of the film; however, this has no affect on the series, which ignores the events of the film and picks up where the second series left off. See more »

Goofs

Mike tells Kate that he lives at 84 Whitby Ave, yet in a scene where Sid leaves the house to go to work the number plate on the front of the house to the right of the frontdoor shows a number '7'. See more »

Quotes

Mike: [pointing to the car] Bought it.
Sid: I thought I had, too!
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Connections

Spun-off from Bless This House (1971) See more »

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Oh Dear
25 September 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I can't remember much about the original TV sitcom of BLESS THIS HOUSE except that it starred Sid James as a naughty man called Sid ( With the exception of Hammer's QUATERMASS 2 has there ever been anything James has appeared in where he doesn't play a character called Sid ? ) who's a very similar character he plays in all the CARRY ON movies and that the series was very popular at the time since it was broadcast after CORONATION STREET

This is a film version of the sit com and it's amazing how many successful ITV Brit coms were produced for cinema release : MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE , ON THE BUSES , LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR etc . Remembering very little about the show I don't know how it compares

Sid Abbot's son is getting married to Kate Baines the girl next door who's father works for the customs and excise , rather inconvient since Sid is brewing brandy in his garden shed .

The problem with the movie is the amount of farce and slapstick that comes into being with people having to hide under tables and getting involved in egg fights . It's all rather unsophisticated stuff and would probably have been quite dated by the time of its initial release . The early 70s fashion doesn't help either


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