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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Sid James, Liz Fraser, Janette Scott
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3AI90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When newly weds Jack (Ian Carmichael) and Peggy (Janette Scott) face eviction, they are tricked into buying a run down houseboat. After rebuilding the engine, they take their friends Sid (Sid James) and Sandra (Liz Fraser) on a local trip down the river to Folkestone, but somehow they end up in France. With no fuel and supplies, they resort to desperate measures to sail their way back home. Includes Comedy Notes Booklet and Best of British Trailers.

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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Hart VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Fans of the legendary Sid James will want to review this film solely based on him and his performance, and they can be forgiven for this because Sid was a true hero of British Film and is still admired and loved to this day. However, one of the reasons why "Double Bunk" is so brilliant is because it was made in the pre-"Carry-On", pre-"Bless This House" era in which Sid was widely known for his serious supporting roles rather than his comedic starring roles. This is not to say that Sid is not brilliant in his role, because he is...

... As I said, people will feel a need to make this film about Sid and the DVD cover proves this by having an image of Sid James and Liz Fraser (third and fourth billing respectively) with no sign of the first and second-billed stars Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott (daughter of respected actress Thora Hird). Sid's performance is funny, natural and lovable as a bird-loving car dealer who crews his friend's (Carmichael) boat along the river Thames looking for Ramsgate, before getting lost in fog and ending up in France! The humour and character that Sid displays will be recognised by his fans as similar to his other great performances, but I will appeal to you all once again to note that this film was made before any of Sid's famous comedies and should be enjoyed as an early example of his wonderful and natural talent. Sid's contribution is delightful and unselfish...

... Carmichael and Scott give entertaining (if somewhat exaggerated) performances as a newlywed couple that have been thrown out of their lodgings and are forced to purchase a houseboat, which turns out to be a bit the worse for wear. The main plot of the story is such that they take the aforementioned cruise to 'Ramsgate' to make up for the honeymoon that they never had.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. R. de Mowbray on 12 July 2010
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I am so glad this film is available again. I tried for years to find a copy, and finally ended up speaking to a man in the company in France who owned it. He was helpful and pleasant, but said that it was very unlikely that that this film would ever be shown or marketed again as it was so unknown. It is an easy going gentle comedy, not a great film but very enjoyable, largely because it is so down to earth.
A newly-wed couple have to leave their flat, buy a rickety house boat and go for a cruise with 2 friends and have some adventures; that's the plot, and its simplicity is the film's charm. It is very English, and now interesting historically, witness the lovely Heinkel Bubblecar which Carmichael drives, (similar to the one in which he and Liz Fraser get romantic in "I'm Alright, Jack").
Great performances by the cast, a lively Latin-American piece of music for Liz Fraser's dance scene. Relaxed Sunday afternoon viewing at its best.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ray dorrity on 2 Jan. 2008
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This is a gem.
It's one of the best British comedies of the 60's.
The cast of Sid James, Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott and an unbelievably gorgeous 27 year old Liz Fraser (what must she have looked like at 18?)
The story line is that Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott get married, buy a delapidated houseboat, and decide to sail down the Thames on their honeymoon along with a crew of Sid James and Liz Fraser.
The rest is fog, the French, vodka and a lot of laughs.
Well worth the price.
Buy and enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Great Elmyra on 25 Mar. 2013
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It is telling that although Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott are the main leads in this gentle romantic comedy, it is Sid James and Liz Fraser that adorn the cover. Too many times films that have a cameo or 15th billing for Sid James are trumpeted, rather cynically, as part of THE SID JAMES COLLECTION! So if you are pondering this movie as a huge James fan (as I did and am) then be prepared that the main story does involve Carmichael and Scott primarily.

This does not detract from the film at all, which is a thoroughly enjoyable and well structured comedy. There is something spellbinding about a film which obviously contains 'adult themes' and would, in 1960, have been considered far too racey for some younger members of the family. Why, in the first few scenes, a man ends up in bed with a woman that he is yet to marry! Egad!

Ian Carmichael plays the part of the gentleman that is potty about his painfully pretty wife to a tee; and Janette Scott is a highly believable young wife that has the perfect balance of suffering her new husband's idiocies with restrained disdain and only occasional bouts of vociferous fury. The two have a pleasing chemistry on screen which makes the whole film ease along delightfully. Sid James had, at this point, only just joined the Carry On foray that was to swallow up his film acting career, and as such his performance is less obviously ribald as it would have been had this film been made 10 years later. That notwithstanding, the soon-to-be-trademark yak yak yaaak does turn up a couple of times. Liz Fraser plays her best ditzy blonde bit and Dennis Price is on hand to be the archetypal English rotter right from the start.

It's a shame that they don't make films like this anymore. Well worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 7 May 2011
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An enjoyable movie without being a masterpiece, from just before Sid James and Liz Fraser became big name movie stars (although both were already known from Hancock's Half Hour). If you are a fan of British Comedy from the 1950s/'60s era (as I am), you will certainly enjoy this movie and get your money's worth at the price being asked. There are (as the only extras) some interesting trailers for British Comedies and also British Mysteries. All round a good package at a fair price. Recommended.
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