The Plank

  • U
  • Eric Sykes (1967)
  • UK
  • 27 min
The Plank
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

A joyously inventive British "silent" comedy from writer/director Eric Sykes about the misadventures of two builders delivering wood to a house. Sykes himself is "Smaller workman" to Tommy Cooper's "Larger workman", and, although not all the jokes are completely fresh, the fun is in the effective sound effects, and the spotting of comedy icons such as Jimmy Edwards (policeman), Jimmy Tarbuck (barman) and Roy Castle (man covered in garbage) in unfamiliar poses and surroundings. Music hall on the hoof.

Plot Summary

Slapstick silent comedy starring Tommy Cooper and Eric Sykes. Two workman try to transport a wooden plank through a suburb of London to a building site, but face numerous mishaps along the way.

Cast and crew


Larger workman
Tommy Cooper
Smaller workman
Eric Sykes
Jimmy Edwards
Man covered in garbage
Roy Castle
Amorous van driver
Graham Stark
Station sergeant
Stratford Johns
House painter
Jim Dale
Jimmy Tarbuck
Woman with rose
Hattie Jacques
Johnny Speight


Eric Sykes