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On the Buses (1971)

PG | | Comedy | 9 July 1971 (UK)
Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »

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Harry Booth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ... Stan Butler
Doris Hare ... Stan's Mum
Michael Robbins ... Arthur Rudge, Stan's Brother-in-Law
Anna Karen ... Olive Rudge, Stan's Sister
Stephen Lewis ... Blakey, Stan's Inspector
Bob Grant ... Jack Harper, Stan's Conductor
Andrea Lawrence Andrea Lawrence ... Betty
Pat Ashton Pat Ashton ... Sally
Brian Oulton ... Manager
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Ruby
Pat Coombs Pat Coombs ... Vera
Wendy Richard ... Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Peter Madden ... Mr. Brooks
David Lodge ... Busman
Brenda Gogan Brenda Gogan ... Bridget
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Storyline

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... just! His job is secure, as bus drivers are hard to come by, and his overtime prospects are good, until the bus company decide to revoke a long standing rule and employ women bus drivers. Aghast at the thought of no overtime and, therefore, less wages, he joins forces with his long time work colleague Jack to sabotage the new female employees. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A buszon See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgware, Middlesex, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP90,000 (estimated)
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EMI Films, Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's two writers and producers were both called Ronald - Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. As there was a TV series at the time starring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker called The Two Ronnies (1971) - the pair were nick-named both this and "The Two Ronalds". See more »

Goofs

When the bus pulls away on the motorway after Blakey gets a ticking off from the motorcycle cop, the left hand side of the bus displays a poster saying 'Whitbread Tankard: cool, clear, refreshing.' When it pulls in to the depot, 2 hours late, the left hand side of the bus displays a poster for 'KP nuts: more protein than eggs', although the number plate on the back is the same as the one at the front when it was on the motorway. See more »

Quotes

Blakey, Stan's Inspector: 'What's the matter with you, can't you drive? eh? Oh my god, look what you've done! Quick, get in that cab, pull away, quick! Hurry up!
Vera: I can't! Theres spiders in my cab!
Blakey, Stan's Inspector: Spiders? I don't care if you've got ants in your pants! You get in that cab and pull away quick!
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Connections

Followed by Holiday on the Buses (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Life On the Buses
Music by Geoff Unwin
Lyrics by Roger Ferris
Sung by Quinceharmon
Title song
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A decent British comedy, and that's a surprise
5 January 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Despite almost universal condemnation these days as one of Hammer's worst, this film adaptation of a popular TV comedy was the most successful film of the year at the British box office. I watched it with some trepidation, knowing it to be resented by the majority of Hammer fans, but to my relief I found it a witty, knowing and altogether nostalgic '70s comedy.

Like the best of the genre, ON THE BUSES provides a time capsule of working class life in the 1970s. The humour feels natural rather than forced, the characters feel true to life and the situations feel realistic. Yes, there's a preoccupation with sex and the film itself is crushingly misogynistic by modern standards, but the same can be said about comparable '70s movies of the era like CARRY ON LOVING or CARRY ON GIRLS.

As ever, my favourite character in the whole thing is Stephen Lewis's dogged inspector, but it's the dependable Reg Varney who holds the whole thing together as the lead. The storyline, which encapsulates a battle of the sexes, works well and there's a definite predominance of successful over unsuccessful gags. If you're a fan of British comedy in the 1970s then this is a must.


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