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The Bargee

The Bargee

Duncan Wood (1964)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having failed to make a movie star out of Tony Hancock in The Rebel, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson tried to fashion a film comedy for their Steptoe and Son protégé Harry H Corbett. However, in spite of the presence of such comic luminaries as Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker, Derek Nimmo and Richard Briers, this canal-boat comedy is worse than any episode of David Essex's ill-judged lock-keeping sitcom The River. The poverty of the plot (in which Corbett's Lothario of the Locks is duped into matrimony) is nothing next to its intrinsic sexism. Corbett tuts and shrugs with characteristic melancholy, but to little effect.

Summary

Steptoe and Son stalwart Harry H Corbett stars alongside evergreen British comedy talent Ronnie Barker in legendary scriptwriting duo Galton and Simpson's hilarious tale about a womanising barge worker who finds himself conned into marriage. The supporting cast reads like a who's-who of British TV stars, including Hugh Griffith, Eric Sykes, Derek Nimmo and Richard Briers.

Cast & Crew

Hemel Pike Harry H Corbett
Joe Hugh Griffith
The mariner Eric Sykes
Ronnie Ronnie Barker
Christine Julia Foster
Nellie Miriam Karlin
Foreman Eric Barker
Dr Scott Derek Nimmo
Waterways supervisor Norman Bird
Tomkins Richard Briers
Policeman Brian Wilde
Bridesmaid Una Stubbs
Director Duncan Wood
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Pathe Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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