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Holiday on the Buses (1973)

Stan and Jack seek work at a bus driving holiday camp after being fired from the bus company for crashing two buses, only to find Inspector Blake works there also.


Bryan Izzard




Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ... Stan Butler
Stephen Lewis ... Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake
Doris Hare ... Mrs. Mabel Butler
Michael Robbins ... Arthur Rudge
Anna Karen ... Olive Rudge
Bob Grant ... Jack Harper
Wilfrid Brambell ... Bert Thompson
Kate Williams Kate Williams ... Red Cross Nurse
Arthur Mullard ... Wally Briggs
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Briggs
Henry McGee Henry McGee ... Holiday Camp Manager
Adam Rhodes Adam Rhodes ... Little Arthur
Michael Sheard ... Depot Manager
Hal Dyer Hal Dyer ... Mrs. Coombs
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Luigi (as Franco Derosa)


Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief security guard and manages to get caught in accidental compromising situations with the camp's nurse. The Butlers head for one disaster after another as Jack and Stan,still chasing women half their age,take two girls for a bus trip on the sands only for the bus to sink in as the tide approaches. Olive gets into bed with someone else's husband when she makes it back to the wrong chalet in the dark and 'little' Arthur sprays the chalet with ink,requiring a re-painting job. The holiday over Arthur's sidecar combination manages to come apart on the way out as it did on the way in. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Australian home video sleeve notes described the picture as "the laughter hit of Christmas 1973". See more »


When Olive breaks her glasses during the dance, she must have got them repaired or replaced very quickly as by the rest of the film she's wearing her glasses again. See more »


Mrs. Briggs: No wonder you want me to take sleeping tablets, you're a sex maniac!
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1989 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »


References Carry on Loving (1970) See more »

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Fun and laughter on our summer holiday, no more worries for me or you, for a week or two.
15 March 2020 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Four years before Robin Asquith got up to saucy antics in Confessions from a Holiday Camp, Reg Varney and his On the Buses pals caused chaos at Pontins, Prestatyn. Having been given the sack from the bus depot, Stan and Jack (Varney and Bob Grant) find work as tour bus operators at the Welsh holiday camp only to find that their nemesis and ex-boss Blakey (Stephen Lewis) is now working there as head of camp security. Also arriving at the holiday destination are Stan's family - his mum (Doris Hare), sister Olive (Anna Karen) and brother-in-law Arthur (Michael Robbins), and their troublesome son little Arthur (Adam Rhodes).

Opening with a busty brunette babe baring her breasts as she runs for a bus, Holiday On The Buses looks set to be racier than its predecessors, but turns out to be much the same as before, with no more nudity, but plenty of titillation and innuendo. Despite clearly in his late '50s, Stan still manages to pull tasty birds half his age, as does Jack (they both have what I call 'the Sid James effect'). The lads' conquests include sexy holiday-maker Mavis (Maureen Sweeney), Italian waitress Maria (Gigi Gatti), the camp nurse Joan (Kate Williams), and a pair of pretty new arrivals. None seem to mind Stan's greased back old man's hair or Jack's tombstone teeth.

This time around, the silliness involves Stan taking a short-cut in his open-top bus (passengers narrowly being killed by a low bridge), Stan's mum being romanced by a dirty old man (Wilfrid Brambell, THE dirty old man), Little Arthur creating havoc with an ink-filled water pistol, and Olive getting into the wrong bed. If you enjoyed the previous films in the series, then this one should prove entertaining enough as well, although it must be said that the formula has worn almost as thin as Robbins' hair and Varney is far too old to be playing a womaniser - probably for the best that they ended it here.

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Release Date:

26 December 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein irrer Trip im Wahnsinnsbus See more »

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Production Co:

Anglo-EMI, Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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