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Holiday on the Buses (1973)

Stan and Jack seek work at a bus driving holiday camp after being fired from the bus company for crashing two buses, only to find Inspector Blake works there also.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reg Varney ... Stan Butler
Stephen Lewis ... Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake
Doris Hare ... Mrs. Mabel Butler
Michael Robbins ... Arthur Rudge
Anna Karen ... Olive Rudge
Bob Grant ... Jack Harper
Wilfrid Brambell ... Bert Thompson
Kate Williams Kate Williams ... Red Cross Nurse
Arthur Mullard ... Wally Briggs
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Briggs
Henry McGee Henry McGee ... Holiday Camp Manager
Adam Rhodes Adam Rhodes ... Little Arthur
Michael Sheard ... Depot Manager
Hal Dyer Hal Dyer ... Mrs. Coombs
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Luigi (as Franco Derosa)


Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief security guard and manages to get caught in accidental compromising situations with the camp's nurse. The Butlers head for one disaster after another as Jack and Stan,still chasing women half their age,take two girls for a bus trip on the sands only for the bus to sink in as the tide approaches. Olive gets into bed with someone else's husband when she makes it back to the wrong chalet in the dark and 'little' Arthur sprays the chalet with ink,requiring a re-painting job. The holiday over Arthur's sidecar combination manages to come apart on the way out as it did on the way in. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

26 December 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein irrer Trip im Wahnsinnsbus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anglo-EMI, Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bob Grant, playing bus conductor Jack, had actually worked in real life as a bus conductor in order to pay his way through RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). See more »


During the sequence when Stan's Mystery Tour bus catches up with and proceeds to overtake Arthur and the family supposedly on their way To the Prestatyn Holiday Camp, they are in fact travelling in the wrong direction. See more »


Stan Butler: I'm sorry you broke your foot.
Inspector 'Blakey' Blake: [suprised] Thanks.
Stan Butler: It should've been your neck!
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1989 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »


References The Omega Man (1971) See more »

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It's a 'Hammer Studios' film and accordingly, it's a real horror
16 May 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When a woman's breasts pop out of her top running for the bus, it distracts driver Stan who crashes into several cars and a bus. As a result Stan, Jack and Blakey find themselves on the dole queue. Jack and Stan find a job driving buses as part of a holiday camp and are only slightly put off when they find that Blakey has also managed to get himself a job there too.

As somebody who spent too many childhood holidays in Butlins-style parks and various caravan sites, I must agree that the horrors of the average holiday camp are ripe for a bit of mocking – a fact that makes it all the worse that the film completely misses the chance to make fun of it. In fact the film just accepts the holiday camps for what they are and sets about with a plot that just seems the characters chasing a series of girls. If you are familiar with the On The Buses series then there will be no surprises to you as it is all the usual stuff just transposed to the holiday camp. If you enjoy the TV series then you'll like this, but if you dislike the very basic sexist humour of the 1970's then you'll more than dislike this film. It's not particularly funny and I found it poor from start to finish. The few years since 'Mutiny on The Buses' meant that the film had become more daring and it opens with a flash of boobs that the previous film had only implied – if this plus sexist humour is what you are after then you'll be at home here, but my tastes are a bit above the poor British sex 'comedies' from the 1970's.

The original cast all return and it helps the film keep the standard of the TV series (if only that was a good thing!). The only downside of this is that all the cast are pretty old and it's all a bit tasteless to see them chasing girls clearly in their twenties! Varney and Grant do their usual lecherous stuff and they are just what the material deserves – and I don't mean that in a good way. Lewis is easily the best character as his jokes are more physical than sexual and are at least a little funny. Robbins and Karen play the sort of British people that I would cross a country to avoid, never mind the street! Wilfred Brambell hasn't got much to do but his presence at least is something different to distract from the poor material all round.

Overall this is a pretty poor film and the fact that it was produced by Hammer just makes it all the more amusing that it turned out to be a really dated horror. The gags are poor, the material very thin and it does nothing that makes it stand out from the hoards of crude sex comedies that the UK pushed out in the 1970's. Fans of the series will enjoy it but the rest of us will just be grateful that they don't make them like this anymore (well, not very often anyway!).

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