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    Senior Member Country: UK mulberrybushfilmfan's Avatar
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    I have a real soft spot for this film but not sure why not that it matters. Most people i mention it to think its boring but i like it. Maybe its because Sid james is in it, maybe its because its as close to a carry on film as you can get without being one, maybe because i like Sally geeson, maybe because its made in 1972 my birth year , maybe because its very 70's - i'm not sure. Anyway i like it and just wondered if anyone on here likes it! Cheers!

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    Senior Member Country: England phil's Avatar
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    I too have a spot for it, it does seem to be almost universally disliked as you say. It is very 70s, has a great cast too. Peter Butterworth and Sid make a great team, you can really believe they are best mates. Terry Scott is great too, Sally Geeson and Carol Hawkins never looked lovelier. There are also some great turns from Julian Orchard, Janet Brown, Bill Maynard and Marianne Stone.
    I remember watching this on a sweltering sunday afternoon in 1984 and I still look at it as perfect sunday afternoon viewing.

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    Yeah totally agree i watch it every few months! Yeah alot of well known faces in it like you say! Cheers!

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    I like it mostly for Carol Hawkins: but yes, it's a 'get the Sunday Roast on' film if ever there was one......

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    Why is the BTH film so derided? Or is it just that modern approach that decrees that TV spin-offs from the 70s are now far too none PC to pick up their old 'Sunday Roast' slot - or any other slot for that matter? For my money modern audiences are (in the main) far to 'self aware' - a.k.a. 'up themselves' to just let go. OK, maybe we don't use some of the expressions found in these films these days, but they should simply watch them in the context of the times in which they were made. After all we never stopped watching war films in peacetime (not that here's been much of that in recent years!)

    Smudge

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    Senior Member Country: England Tonch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odeon68 View Post
    I like it mostly for Carol Hawkins


    Yep! Best thing about it by miles is the stunningly gorgeous Carol Hawkins

    Infuriatingly, her beau in the film is the terminally irritating Robin Askwith

    Never liked the series on which it was based, one of that turgid seam of dreary domestic ITV 70s sitcoms like "Father Dear Father", "Queenie's Castle" or "And Mother Makes Five"

    Was this the first time "Terry & June" were teamed up?

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    Not sure they were in a programme called Happy ever after before Terry and June! Prefer Sally geeson but Carol was a babe then also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonch View Post
    Was this the first time "Terry & June" were teamed up?
    Terry Scott and June Whitfield's Television partnership began in 1968 in the BBC Comedy series Scott On... - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Whitfield

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    cheers! They worked well together!

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    I often watch this when it is on TV although I have it on dvd too. A decent "spin off" film with a lot of funny moments. Especially when they are trying to decorate after taking the cabinet off the wall, trying desperately to get it finished before the new neighbors arrive.

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    One of the better spin-offs in my opinion. Great script from Dave Freeman, and Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers did well in assembling many of the Carry On team for the cast.

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    Agreed defo one of the best spin off's! Cheers!

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    I have never subscribed to the lazy idea that the 70's sitcom spinoff films are rubbish, simply because you dont laugh out loud every 15 secs.
    Most of them are damn good, a few superb (Likely Lads 1976 for example).

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    Yeah fair enough but some don't live up to the t v series!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulberrybushfilmfan View Post
    Yeah fair enough but some don't live up to the t v series!
    Are You Being Served (1977) and George and Mildred (1980).

    Two films that definitely didn't live up to the TV series.

    Both of the above films were very poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy farmer View Post
    Are You Being Served (1977) and George and Mildred (1980).

    Two films that definitely didn't live up to the TV series.

    Both of the above films were very poor.
    The Rising Damp movie didn't work either.

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    I quite liked the Steptoe films.....Galton and Simpson made it work over the extended length.

    The first Python film from 1971 [And Now for Something Completely Different..] in which the team simply refilmed early TV sketches, wasn't very good I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odeon68 View Post
    I quite liked the Steptoe films.....Galton and Simpson made it work over the extended length.
    I have always liked the first Steptoe and Son film, but have never been impressed by the second Steptoe and Son film.

    I have always liked the film version of Bless This House (a great cast).

    Here is the link to a very interesting site - http://www.blessthishouse.net/welcome.htm

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    Nice find, Billy! It also confirms my memory of Sid James passing on in 1976, around the time of the last series of Bless This House---the series still went out in tribute to him, happily.

    I will take comedies like this over todays' mostly neurotic, over-analyzed successors, which often lack real belly-laughs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy farmer View Post
    I have always liked the first Steptoe and Son film, but have never been impressed by the second Steptoe and Son film.

    I have always liked the film version of Bless This House (a great cast).

    Here is the link to a very interesting site - http://www.blessthishouse.net/welcome.htm
    The film is on Film 4 again next week.

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