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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 »

Director:

John Sealey

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Stokes ... Bob
Gay Soper Gay Soper ... Maisie
Sue Lloyd ... The Blonde
Bob Todd Bob Todd ... Squire Bullsworthy
Chic Murray Chic Murray ... P. C. Knowles
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Newsagent
Valerie Leon ... Redhead
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy Housewives See more »

Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

K.F.R. Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Le manège enchanté (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
Music and Lyrics by Vic Elms
Theme song sung by Barry Stokes
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User Reviews

 
Brilliant laugh!
2 December 2001 | by dreamyyakSee 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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