The Bargee

The Bargee

Duncan Wood (1964)

A Certificate


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.


A womanising barge worker is forced into marriage when one of his many girlfriends gets pregnant, and has to adjust to life on land. Comedy, with Harry H Corbett and Ronnie Barker.

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: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdAvailable on: video and DVD