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Man About the House (1974)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 December 1974 (UK)
An unscrupulous property developer wants to flatten the street to make way for new buildings. Householder George Roper is happy to take the offered money and run but his wife Mildred and ... See full summary »

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John Robins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard O'Sullivan ... Robin Tripp
Paula Wilcox ... Chrissy Plummer
Sally Thomsett Sally Thomsett ... Jo
Brian Murphy ... George Roper
Yootha Joyce ... Mildred Roper
Doug Fisher Doug Fisher ... Larry Simmonds
Peter Cellier ... Morris Pluthero
Patrick Newell ... Sir Edmund Weir
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Hazel Lovett (as Aimi McDonald)
Jack Smethurst Jack Smethurst ... Jack Smethurst
Rudolph Walker ... Rudolph Walker
Spike Milligan ... Spike Milligan
Melvyn Hayes ... Nigel
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Mr. Gideon
Bill Grundy Bill Grundy ... Interviewer
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Storyline

An unscrupulous property developer wants to flatten the street to make way for new buildings. Householder George Roper is happy to take the offered money and run but his wife Mildred and their lodgers join with other residents to take a stand and keep things as they are, finally winning the day. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Hilarious Adventures of two girls with a . . . Man About the House

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En mand i huset See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

In the film Mildreds maiden name is revealed as Asquith whilst in the TV series it is Tremble. See more »

Goofs

When Mildred is washing her car parked in front of the sign Myddleton Terrace the original and true sign can be seen behind a dustbin. See more »

Quotes

Sir Edmund Weir: Sorry to have kept you waiting. I've been in The House. The Prime Minister has been talking for over an hour.
Chrissy: Oh really? What about?
Sir Edmund Weir: He didn't say
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Alternate Versions

The scene in which George, wandering around Thames Television's studios, encounters Jack Smethurst and Rudolph Walker discussing chess in the bar is routinely excised due to the outdated racist language used by Roper. See more »

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Features Today (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Piccadilly Circus
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Music by Leon Paul
Berry Music Ltd
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22 April 2018 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

I have always been a big fan of the TV series Man About the House, and have in recent years watched many episodes again on DVD. They are still funny, with many laugh out loud moments.

Well I have finally seen the movie version.

All the main cast and the semi regular Doug Fisher (Larry) appear. The chemistry between the characters largely remains, but the filmed format with muted colours, wider-framed shots and no studio audience, gives the film a less intimate feel. When compared to the original video of the series, much of the warmth and cosiness seems missing.

But the film's main problem is that the story is much too thin (much the same premise as the TV episode "We Shall Not Be Moved") for a feature film. There are no real sub-plots, just the one main story which occupies all the characters. Therefore there is much padding and repetition, and the jokes and situations are all drawn out, weakening their impact and slowing the pace of the film. With the meandering pace, none of the elements really work. The jokes, drawn out within the longer scenes of a feature film, mostly fall flat.

The film opens out the action, introducing some other residents of the row of houses, but these characters (the effeminate gay couple, the lusty nympho, the kept mistress) are such obvious stereotypes that they don't really work. Likewise the location shots like Larry's hazardous driving fail to add much.


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