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No Sex Please: We're British (1973)

Porn store owner Pete orders some new stuff from his supplier Niko but Niko mixes up the address with the address of the local Barclays Bank. Here, newly-weds David (the bank's assistant ... See full summary »

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Cliff Owen

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John Gale (stage production: adapted from), Anthony Marriott (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronnie Corbett ... Brian Runnicles
Beryl Reid ... Bertha Hunter
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Bromley
Ian Ogilvy ... David Hunter
Susan Penhaligon ... Penny Hunter
Michael Bates ... Mr. Needham
Cheryl Hall ... Daphne
David Swift David Swift ... Inspector Paul
Deryck Guyler ... Park Keeper
Valerie Leon ... Susan
Margaret Nolan ... Barbara
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Reverend Mower
Michael Robbins Michael Robbins ... Car Driver
Frank Thornton ... Glass Shop Manager
Michael Ripper ... Traffic Warden
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Porn store owner Pete orders some new stuff from his supplier Niko but Niko mixes up the address with the address of the local Barclays Bank. Here, newly-weds David (the bank's assistant manager) and Penny Hunter is shocked when first photos, then films and then finally two girls are sent to them in the Bank's flat. They, and their friend, head cashier Brian Runnicles (who slowly starts to have a nervous breakdown), have to deal with getting rid of the porn without letting their boss, Mr. Bromley - the bank's manager (who's very anti-porn), the local police in the form of Inspector Paul, and David's mother, Bertha Hunter, in on what is happening... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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UK

Language:

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Release Date:

25 July 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitte keinen Sex, wir sind Briten See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Michael Crawford, who played the role of Brian Runnicles on stage, turned down the movie version. See more »

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Around 53 minutes, boom mike reflected in van's door window as David struggles with stack of books. See more »

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Mr. Bromley: It's not enough to boggle David, actions speak louder than boggles!
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Referenced in Frasier: No Sex Please, We're Skittish (2003) See more »

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Ronnie Corbett shines in this excellent farce!
24 August 2017 | by manchester_england2004See all my reviews

NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE British is a film adaptation of the stage farce of the same name, written by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot. The stage version is one of the longest running farces in Britain and originally starred Michael Crawford. I'm too young to have seen the play when originally performed but I've read it and I have to say that once again the film version is better. This seems to be a trend with British films based on stage farces - the film version is better. The faster pacing has much to do with this. It's because of this that I wish more films based on British stage farces were made. It would have been wonderful to have A BEDFUL OF FOREIGNERS and MOVE OVER, MRS MARKHAM on the big screen for example.

The plot is as follows - a couple living in a flat above a high street bank find themselves receiving all sorts of pornography - "dirty" postcards, books and so on. A timid, accident-prone bank clerk finds himself embroiled in it all too. The comedy derives from the very British theme of embarrassment of association with sex and the predictably hilarious results as they try to dispose of the books, the postcards and the videos. The film is a neat blend of CARRY ON style comedy mixed with the elements of traditional stage farce (outrageous misunderstandings, mistaken identities, characters making up ridiculous stories to get out of trouble and so on). There's also quite a bit of running around, hiding from people and the like. All that's missing really is a Benny Hill-style chase sequence, which would have been the icing on the cake.

This film rests on the excellent performance of Ronnie Corbett. Outside of THE TWO RONNIES, Corbett is at his best in this film. He invests such a huge amount of energy and spirit in the role that it has to be seen to be believed. He proves what a great character actor he was. I really couldn't imagine anyone else being as good as he was in the role he played in this film. It's as though he found the part he was born to play. He did play a similar role in a film called SOME WILL, SOME WON'T it's true. But it just works better in this film due to the incredible situations he stumbles into.

Ian Ogilvy and Susan Penhaligon are massively underrated as the couple who live above the bank. Before watching this film, it's hard to imagine Ian Ogilvy running around a flat trying to avert disaster. But he does it to perfection here. Likewise, Susan Penhaligon is great. The scene with the chili peppers is brilliant.

Arthur Lowe is great as the pompous bank manager outraged by the proliferation of porn. No one could make pompousness hilarious like Lowe did.

The rest of the cast, including Beryl Reid, Michael Bates, Cheryl Hall, Michael Robbins and many others, are all great too and all play up to their screen personas in other films and shows very well.

The film is very fast-paced and the script contains lots of lines that, while not particularly hilarious on paper, translate into hilarity on the screen.

Overall, this is a great farce with Ronnie Corbett playing the part he looks born to play. It's one of my all-time favourite comedies and is a must-see for fans of the CARRY ON films, Benny Hill or British stage farces.


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