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Our House [DVD]

Hattie Jacques , Charles Hawtrey , Ernest Maxin    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Norman Rossington, Frederick Peisley
  • Directors: Ernest Maxin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00800ORW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Created by Norman Hudis, who scripted the earliest Carry On films, this popular sitcom reunited Hudis with some of the films' most charismatic and best-loved stars, including Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, and their future co-stars Bernard Bresslaw and Norman Rossington.

Enjoying a highly popular run in the early 1960s, Our House centres on the comic interactions between the contrasting characters who share a large house together. They include a librarian who transforms into a foghorn outside the hushed confines of her workplace (Hattie Jacques); an easy-going oddball employed by the local rates office (Charles Hawtrey); a woman with a slightly alarming employment record (Joan Sims); and a law student (Norman Rossington) in thrall to his overbearing father. Deryck Guyler (Please Sir!) and Roy Hudd guest-star.

Of the 39 original episodes, only three survive in the archive. Unseen for over fifty years what remains of Our House are essential viewing for all Carry On aficionados and lovers of vintage British comedy.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a different world then.... 18 July 2012
By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I bought this DVD from curiosity and was very surprised to recognise the theme tune... either recalled from a '60s compilation or possibly even a memory from the dark recess of my childhood....
As has been remarked the quality of these recordings is suspect in places with a combination of film marking and video tape damage; certainly in the first show (from which Hattie Jacques is absent) there are reminders of how dodgy TV reception could be in 1960 (There was a reason all the "holds" and adjustments being accessable from the front of TVs then!) - however as also remarked the wonder is that we can see this stuff at all.... from the days when most TV comedy has vanished into the aether we get the sole remaining trio from 39 shows.
The comedy does seem forced and stagey, but this is acceptable for the chance to see Charles Hawtrey in full character flow in the earliest show.... and in the other two shows it is a treat to see skilled comic performances from people one tends to recall as older, in much later comedies.
As an aside, doesn't Roy Hudd look YOUNG in a bit part in the second show?

How would I describe this stuff? Interesting from a historical viewpoint, not always on target from a hysterical viewpoint, well worth looking at at least once....

but too "talky" for the under 20's I suspect. Mind you, if what I gather about them is true... since they won't even watch B/W non CGI material they won't be bothered by this anyway.

I liked it, and I don't regret spending the money.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Hawtrey rocks 18 July 2012
This is a fascinating forgotten gem from the archives. The quality of the source tapes is pretty poor and the show itself very average but if you are a Charlie Hawtrey fan this is a must-have. His work in the first episode is astonishing and eclipses anything he did in the Carry On films. The man was a comedy god. The other two episodes also feature Hattie Jacques. Sigh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat 8 April 2013
By SteveINtheUKok TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was lucky enough to see the last episode in the set at a special showing by the BFI at the South Bank, so I was especially happy to find two other episodes being available. For me the glass was definitely half full with this disc.

Obviously there are only three episodes of this series so your only going to get a brief glimpse of what it was all about, also the quality is not great due to the scarcity of source material available. This means lines flashes and at one point even a rolling picure and buzzing. That is all part of the authenticity and age, embrace it!

You do however get some good episodes, and for fans of any of the cast to see anything new is a treat in itself.

Its also gives an interesting insight into TV back when, with nothing hidden, peoples hands moving ad break cards, countdowns, etc, its all there.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
"A disparate group of individuals are poor individually, but pool their money to buy a large house, and become forever entangled in each other's business".

Carry On screenwriter Norman Hudis created this show while working on the early Carry On films, with which the series shares many themes and cast members. What to expect? A weak episode of Hancock's Half Hour meets a TV version of Carry On Regardless. I think that would be the best way to sum up these episodes.

While there are great performances from all the familiar faces, there were many fluffed lines or rushed scenes. Moreover, they occasionally fail to pull off the slapstick elements, with 'accidental' falls, for example, looking painfully deliberate. Production values aren't always high either, with wobbly and basic sets. All of this suggests a programme made quickly and economically.

The main pleasure to be here is simply the chance to see these rare episodes. This is a glimpse into a vintage era of television comedy, when the 'sitcom' began to take shape. Of the 39 episodes(two series)which were made, only 3 survive to this day (all from Series 1). All the episodes are included on this dvd and very few people will have ever seen them.

A small note of warning - the picture quality is not always great. These episodes would have benefited greatly from digital restoration and show quite a lot of small scuffs and breaks. On occasion, I thought that there must be something wrong with my video player's tracking, only to remember that this is 2012 and I'm watching a dvd on a 3D blu ray player.

Anyone hoping to see Carry On regular Bernard Bresslaw may also be disappointed. He joined the cast for the second series, a series which no longer survives.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great laugh 20 Aug 2012
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This is a comedy series 0f the 50's/60's, featuring many stars of the carry on's' only the last few shows that where left in the archives are aviable here so make the most of them, I was not born when this show came out' but glad to see it on dvd to enjoy. carry on fans will love it i am sure,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love TV Shows From Another Era. 25 July 2014
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This is interesting to watch if you liked the Carry On films, it is interesting to watch a sitcom that runs something like 45 minutes an episode, it is interesting to watch British television from the early 60's and it is interesting to watch since the three episodes on this disc are the only surviving episodes of this show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you for your responce in sending item out
thank you very pleased with the dvd
and will be happy to tell my friends and family
thank you once again
Published 9 months ago by david calver
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Only three episodes and maybe worth seeing just to remind oneself how awful the production values were for TV shows back then. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Mincham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd
Love this DVD it was in very good condition and we are enjoying it takes us back a bit when comedy was so very differant
Published 16 months ago by donbar
3.0 out of 5 stars Little-known British comedy series - great in some ways but, oh, so...
The very best TV comedies survive (even if prodcued decades ago) because the comedy writing and acting is so good, you can forget the dated feel. 'Are You Being Served? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charlie Mouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I've seen it
As a huge fan of everything Carry-On I was looking forward to seeing this piece of history. I have vague childhood memories of watching this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. P. Maud
4.0 out of 5 stars memory lane
very corny humour, makes you realise how far the world of comedy has moved on. yet great to see some of the young carry on crowd
Published 18 months ago by mrs mary colwill
3.0 out of 5 stars Our House has its momments...
Love Joan Simms, Hattie Jacques and Charles Hawtrey. Our House hasn't aged well Hatti and Joan provide some memmorable momments nut Charles disapoints. I am still happy to own it.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. I. Sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - thanks
A real bit of old-fashioned fun. It arrived safely, well packaged and in good time. The price was good. Thanks
Published 20 months ago by MartinandKashka
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy
poor flim image and sound.i give 0 stars it sould not have been sold at your money and buy the carry on films they betterfor money.
Published 23 months ago by sid
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