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The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (1976)

R | | Comedy | November 1976 (USA)
A young handyman and his wife (Barry Stokes, Penny Meredith) move to a small village and set up business. There, the handyman encounters numerous strange characters, including a local ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bob
Gay Soper ... Maisie
... The Blonde
Bob Todd ... Squire Bullsworthy
Chic Murray ... P. C. Knowles
Robert Dorning ... Newsagent
... Redhead
... Margaretta
Helli Louise ... Newsagent's Daughter
... Farmer Elgin
Harold Bennett ... Gasper
Julia Bond ... Polly (as Julie Bond)
Jeannie Collings ... Mrs Wain
Alexandra Dane ... Mrs Knowles
... Schoolgirl


A young handyman and his wife (Barry Stokes, Penny Meredith) move to a small village and set up business. There, the handyman encounters numerous strange characters, including a local constable (Chic Murray) more inept than a squadcar full of Keystone Kops; an elderly magistrate (Bob Todd) whose primary passion is spanking young women; a schoolmistress (Sue Lloyd) with a closetful of kinks; and more predatory housewives than the young man can handle. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Always Handy - the odd job man whose services are constantly in demand!




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Sue Lloyd and Bob Todd receive "guest star" credits. See more »


In the last shot of the bathroom sequence a crew member's hand can be briefly seen touching actress Mrs Wain's backside, directing her to move out of the way of the camera. See more »


References Noddy (1975) See more »


The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
Music and Lyrics by Vic Elms
Theme song sung by Barry Stokes
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Brilliant laugh!
2 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

It never ceases to amaze me why people are so sanctimonious about this genre of film (the Radio Times is just the same). I loved it! It's packed with all the classic seaside postcard humour that made Carry On and Benny Hill (yes, the late comic genius Benny Hill - Charlie Chaplin thought so) that makes films like this so watchable time and again. Yes, it's lightweight, but that's its triumph: it's just a story about a jack-the-lad having a good time with the girls. I'd swap with him!!

By the way, any film featuing Valerie Leon is worth watching for her alone. Her beauty is simply out of this world.

Mind you, the theme tune is absolutely awful........

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