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The Bargee

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Duncan Wood
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy starring Harry H Corbett. The idyllic existence of bachelor Hemel Pike, who travels the canals on the barge he shares with his simple-minded cousin, comes to an end when one of his girlfriends falls pregnant.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Hemel PikeHarry H Corbett
JoeHugh Griffith
The marinerEric Sykes
RonnieRonnie Barker
ChristineJulia Foster
NellieMiriam Karlin
ForemanEric Barker
Dr ScottDerek Nimmo
Waterways supervisorNorman Bird
TomkinsRichard Briers
PolicemanBrian Wilde
BridesmaidUna Stubbs

Crew

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DirectorDuncan Wood

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Pathe Ltd
Released on
1964-05-01
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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