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The Bargee (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 May 1964 (UK)
Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally ... See full summary »

Director:

Duncan Wood

Writers:

Ray Galton (original story), Alan Simpson (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ... Hemel
Hugh Griffith ... Joe
Eric Sykes ... The Mariner
Ronnie Barker ... Ronnie
Julia Foster ... Christine
Miriam Karlin ... Nellie
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Foreman
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Doctor Scott
Norman Bird ... Waterways Supervisor (Albert Williams)
Richard Briers ... Tomkins
Brian Wilde ... Policeman
George A. Cooper ... Official In Office
Grazina Frame Grazina Frame ... Girl In Office
Jo Rowbottom Jo Rowbottom ... Cynthia (as Jo Rowbotham)
Edwin Apps ... George (Barman)
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Storyline

Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally caught when one of the girls, Christine, falls pregnant. Her protective father, a 'larger than life' character, who holds the canal record for drinking 29 pints of 'Brown & Mild' in a single session, is understandably upset by his daughter's situation... Written by Stephen Parkin <stephen@spcap.demon.co.uk>

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river barge | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bargee See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Ronnie Barker and Brian Wilde would go on to appear in Porridge. See more »

Goofs

When planning the journey on the Grand Union Canal, the pair agree the first night at Rickmansworth, the second at Boxmoor and the third at Apsley. Geographically, Apsley is before Boxmoor and also the two places are only a mile apart, so would not both be overnight stopping points, even if in the correct order. See more »

Quotes

[Doctor Scott has just told Joe that his daughter is pregnant]
Joe: She must have been drugged or something. She couldn't have done it by herself.
Doctor Scott: No, quite.
Joe: I'll kill him! So help me, I'll kill him! They way I've looked after her. I promised her mother I'd send her to grammar school. And now the first yob that comes along, this happens.
Doctor Scott: [trying to be reassuring] Oh come now. It may not have been the *first* one.
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The Bargee grows on you
11 March 2005 | by richard-meredith27See all my reviews

Yes, it is nostalgic. Yes, it is slow, but canal boats can only cruise at 4 m.p.h. so perhaps it matches the storyline. Anyway, who says film has to be frenetic all the time? Harry H. Corbett is superb. It's a shame he never received more recognition for his talents during his life time. The film also was an early chance for Ronnie Barker to shine as Hemel's dim witted cousin. But my favourite supporting players are Eric Sykes' canal enthusiast energetically freewheeling through his scenes. He turns what are little more than vignettes into perfect sketches. Jo Rowbottom appears as one of Hemel's squeezes. Her brief appearance is actually quite touching- Hemel treats her badly, and she knows it.

If nothing else, Give it a try if you are a film buff! It's a 'spot the British character actor' film. Perfect rainy afternoon fare, except it has only been shown once on television in the last ten years.


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