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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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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


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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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En mand i huset See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)
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Today (1968) was a genuine live Thames Television local news/discussion programme fronted by Bill Grundy; it was on this show, in the Wednesday 1st December 1976 edition, that Sex Pistols had their infamous "Filth and the Fury" encounter with the presenter (for which he was suspended). See more »


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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 »


References The Benny Hill Show (1969) See more »


Man About the House
Composed by Christopher Gunning
Lyrics by Annie Farrow
Sung by Jane Christie (uncredited)
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Robin Tripp Vs. Captain Mainwaring
29 July 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

One year after its launch, 'Man About The House' was filmed by Hammer. All the original cast were present and correct, and at least the characters stayed on home territory rather than flying off to Spain. But the 'opening out' of the format to encompass new characters such as the nymphomaniac Miss Bird ( Andrea Lawrence ) and the gay couple played by Michael Ward and Melvyn Hayes diluted the premise. The plot about the unscrupulous property developer was old hat even in 1974. The production designer seems not to have seen the show, as his sets don't resemble the television versions. The Ropers' sitting room is located on the left of the front door, not the right. The finale in the Thames Television building is silly and looks like an lame attempt to publicise the company's other shows. Nice cameo from Spike Milligan, though. The only redeeming features are Arthur Lowe as the tycoon and Peter Cellier as his slimy sidekick. Get a D.V.D. of the T.V. show instead.

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