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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 »


John Sealey


Derrick Slater (screenplay), John Sealey (original idea) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Stokes ... Bob
Gay Soper ... Maisie
Sue Lloyd ... The Blonde
Bob Todd ... Squire Bullsworthy
Chic Murray Chic Murray ... P. C. Knowles
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Newsagent
Valerie Leon ... Redhead
Penny Meredith Penny Meredith ... Margaretta
Helli Louise Helli Louise ... Newsagent's Daughter
John Blythe ... Farmer Elgin
Harold Bennett ... Gasper
Julia Bond Julia Bond ... Polly (as Julie Bond)
Jeannie Collings Jeannie Collings ... Mrs Wain
Alexandra Dane Alexandra Dane ... Mrs Knowles
Ava Cadell ... 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 »

Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release, cuts were made to the opening sex scene between Bob and Margaretta. The same print was then cut by a further 1 min 17 secs for video with additional edits to a sex scene in a bathtub. The 2009 Odeon DVD features the original cinema version. 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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30 April 2001 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Let's just say that this one is pretty ugly. The sex scenes are terrible, the ladies won't cause even the likes of Christina "The Alien" Aguilera to lose any sleep in the beauty department, there are scenes that were stolen from "Benny Hill" (including the famous speed running scenes), and yes, the theme song is awful. Still, it's wicked fun to watch Barry Stokes (as The Handyman) find sex everywhere he goes. At least that's what you'll find in the "real world". You'd be lucky to spend an afternoon with Christina "The Alien" Aguilera.

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November 1976 (USA) See more »

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The Happy Housewives See more »

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Surrey, England, UK

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K.F.R. Productions See more »
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