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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 »


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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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Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy Housewives See more »

Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK

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K.F.R. Productions See more »
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Gay Soper replaced Hilary Pritchard as Maisie. 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 The Magic Roundabout (1964) 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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Tatty film - but I want to move in to this randy hamlet!
22 September 2005 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

A recently married young couple arrive in a quaint English village and - through fate - he starts to become very successful as a local odd job man. Although his success has little to do with his skill at fixing-and-making-good!

The above sentence might make this sound like a legit film like The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption, but can I quickly dismiss such thoughts. Indeed consider the thought shot-down-in-flames. This is a straight out, head-on, show-me-the-money, no prisoners taken, attempt to exploit money from a soft-core sex romp.

(What the comedians call a "cold weather film" - you want to turn your collar up as you leave the cinema!)

The sex film is unique that it doesn't need any plot device or central theme. Indeed we reviewers get embarrassed by such omissions and try and pretend to see one ourselves.

Here the lead is a male Emmanuelle - someone who falls victim to other people's agendas: Unlike so many of cheap guy-trying-to-cop-off British sex comedies he never takes the sexual lead.

However when the housewife strips off, lays across the bed, mimes a quarter to three with her legs our hero catches on that there may be more to the job than fixing the bed leg. Like the household dog who sees a wild rabbit - he returns to his primitive self. However in post coital bliss he turns to his former state as the slow affable moron.

To link together and scenes and fill time we have weak comedy in the form of a spank happy Lord of Manor and a snooping policeman - who has nothing better to do then watch the antics of our bumbling hero. The village, obviously, being crime free.

(Bob Todd and Chic Murray - Lord and Policeman respectively - were respected character/comedy actors in their day, although long gone to the great music hall in the sky.)

The director (John Sealey) hardly worked again and you can see why! Is there anything more depressing than third rate dialogue captured on a genuine 35 mm film camera? It is almost a crime against cinema itself. This should be on Super 8!

For a moment I dream, and in this dream I win the lottery and move in to this village of sex starved zanies - where behind every door is a frustrated wife or a horny daughter with the IQ of a fish and the dress sense of a desperate stripper. If only such a place existed and I could move in - or even take a two week a year holiday.

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