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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, Michael Hordern, Roger Livesey, Julian Orchard, Kika Markham
  • Directors: Bob Kellett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EZ7VJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,090 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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''Breasts wobble, French maids titter and old men pull funny faces in this silent comedy from 1970, presided over by Ronnie Barker as the chaotic General Futtock. An aged aunt and her entourage arrive for a stay at Futtock's country house and, unencumbered, by plot or dialogue, Barker keeps the slapstick coming thick and fast. It s the stuff of British comedy classics.'' Hotdog Magazine

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Ronnie Barker's brilliant and very English country house comedy with no dialogue but plenty of laughs. --The Guardian

Pack your bags and jump on the barmy bandwagon for a wacky weekend at General Futtock's country mansion in this one-off Ronnie Barker classic. The sauce-filled silent gem has Barker as a monocled gent who is suddenly landed with a house party full of bizarre guests. --The Mirror * * * *

A sort of 'Carry On Gosford Park', if you will. --DVD Review Magazine

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton on 12 July 2006
Format: DVD
At last I can update from my grotty old Rank Library VHS.

This film is hilarious. It works on so many levels that even after all these years I spotted a couple of gags I'd not noticed before.

It's not a silent comedy so much as a comedy without dialogue, and as such it transcends the barriers that mere spoken words can put up. It needs to be seen to be appreciated (looking at Ronnie Barker's crumbling, demented General Futtock reminds me that round about this time he had done "Hark at Barker" on TV as the crumbling and demented Lord Rustless who shares a few details with Futtock!) so I won't try and convey in words what Ronnie Barker and his distinguished colleagues do in seconds with their excellently timed visuals. And make no mistake, we have a cast of veterans here...(is the old artist played by the same Roger Livesey that we saw as "Colonel Blimp" and in "A matter of Life and Death"?). Not comedians, but serious actors, for comedy is a serious business when done to perfection.

The extras aren't up to much; just a commentary by the director, Bob Kellett... but there is a fact related there that I have no qualms about sharing since it surprised me; the house in the film is none other than W S Gilberts house, Grims Dyke! and you should hear how little they hired it for.....
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. Bardell on 25 July 2006
Format: DVD
The format of Futtocks End is very well described in the other reviews here, and I would only add that this piece, though dated, has retained it's charm and the ability to entertain through the sheer strength of the comic timing of Horden, Barker et al. But Ronnie Barker made two other dialogue-free short films in what could be described as a series. To have put "The Picnic" and "A Day Out" on the dvd would have given a total running time of just over two hours and made a very attractive package. What we actually get here is a missed opportunity and it has resulted in a poor value-for-money product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nic on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
This is an old film, sound effects, background music and grunts. Still extremely funny, which I didn't expect since I last saw it when I was a child. With the added bonus that now I could understand what the lecherous butler was looking at! What a shame we have to age!

Great film, a real classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bloom on 4 Sept. 2012
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Hardly a silent movie, the background music is full of grunts and mumbo jumbo talking...the story seems to be about Futtock's relatives coming down for a weekend visit...plus an innocent Japanese tourist who makes the mistake of climbing into the car ferrying the guests to Futtock mansion. The rest of this intriguing story is very Benny Hill, with scantily clad women and carryings on a plenty. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 19 Mar. 2011
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If like me you are a fan of the great Ronnie Barker you will like this 48 minute short. If you are a general fan of British comedy, perhaps you won't. This is a 48 minute SILENT feature, so you will probably only watch it once or twice. Still, as a Barker fanatic it is nice to have it in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garry P. Humphreys on 31 July 2011
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I was prompted to get this DVD - and rediscover this amusing film - after visiting Grims Dyke, W S Gilbert's former home at Harrow Weald, where most of the action is located. I did not previously know this, so now it has an added interest. Very cleverly conceived and wonderful characterizations by a distinguished cast: Barker, of course, and particularly the late, great Michael Hordern. I think my reaction is different from 30 years ago, when it first appeared on television, but it's still well worth watching.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael J. Charman on 2 Feb. 2010
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My family and I saw this Ronnie Barker epic when it was first shown on BBC TV. Recently I have been trying to find copies of Ronnie Barker's 3 'silent' films. They were 'By The Sea', 'The Picnic' and 'Futtocks End'. The BBC could not help in locating them but I have now bought all 3 from Amazon. Futtocks End, like the others, is timeless, harmless and immensely funny. With no language involved it can be understood by anyone in the world. Yes, it's a little risque in parts but it has many elements of tried and trusted comedy. We never tired of seeing this film as there was no plot to follow, just a succession of hilarious happenings.
Thank you Amazon for preserving this, and other, classic shows.
Michael Charman
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By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2014
Format: DVD
(I have already posted a review of the boxed set which included this film)

I like Ronnie Barker. I admire Michael Hordern and Roger Livesey; they were two of our most cherishable actors. I should like this film. I should find it funny. Unfortunately, I don't really.

First of all, I'm no great lover of slapstick and there's plenty of that on offer here. Secondly...and I'm hardly a model of political correctness...women in the film are treated as little more than sex objects; I actually love Carry On films and enjoy "Are You Being Served?", but it somehow doesn't feel quite right here.

To continue in this curmudgeonly vein, I have to report that the print is very grainy and that the accompanying commentary by the director adds nothing of great interest.

There are people out there, I am sure, who will lap up this (short) film (and it passes the time pleasantly enough, I suppose), but to be honest, it's not really my "tasse de thé".
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