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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 Bill Maynard as The Chef does his Tommy Cooper impression 'Abracadabra', to change a dish, when it cuts from a wide shot, to close up, back to wide shot again, in the wide shots he has a cigarette in his mouth but in the close up he doesn't. 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 »

Connections

References This Is Your Life (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Man About the House
Composed by Christopher Gunning
Lyrics by Annie Farrow
Sung by Jane Christie (uncredited)
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Low brow hijinks
30 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE is another Hammer Films version of a popular TV series, this time about the misadventures of a trio of twentysomethings sharing an apartment in London. I took an instant dislike to this film thanks to the lank-haired layabout lead, Richard O'Sullivan, who seems to spend his whole time putting down women and coming out with un-PC humour.

The film as a whole doesn't transfer to the format as well as Hammer's ON THE BUSES trilogy and it feels instead rather like a padded-out episode of the TV show. The loose storyline involves some unscrupulous developers attempting to knock down the abode of our characters, so they decide to fight back. Some very broad comedy, involving endless games of strip poker and monopoly and laxatives, follows.

The humour is sometimes funny but seems to be rather mild and restrained for the most part, although it does have its moments. The romance stuff between the leads is pretty boring, although it is fun to see Sally Thomsett (THE RAILWAY CHILDREN) playing somebody her own age just four years after masquerading as a kid in that childhood classic. As ever, the endless cameos (Bill Pertwee, Bill Maynard, Arthur Lowe, Spike Milligan) are the highlight here.


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