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The Bargee [DVD]

Harry H. Corbett , Hugh Griffith    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Harry H. Corbett, Hugh Griffith, Eric Sykes
  • 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: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5SFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


1960s British comedy starring Harry H Corbett. Scripted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson of 'Steptoe and Son' fame, the film charts the course of love of a Casanova (Corbett) who lives and works on the canals, breaking hearts as he cruises the waters.

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Film of days gone by 10 April 2010
This much forgotten gem of a film concerns Hemel Pike (Harry H Corbett) who is a canal barge owner and worker and a bit of a casanova ito the bargain! Aided and abetted by his rather slow cousin Ronnie (Ronnie Barker), Hemel has a girl in every port up and down his route along the Grand Union Canal. His problem is that every single one of them is intent on marriage, something he is sworn to avoid. Unfortunately for Hemel, one of his ladies, Christine Turnbull (Julia Foster) falls pregnant and he is finally trapped into marrying her by her over-bearing and very protective father (the always brilliant Hugh Griffith). Not a man to be argued with, (Joe Turnbull is legendary for holding the canal drinking record of 29 pints of mild and brown in a single session), he insists that Hemel does the right thing by his daughter - which only serves to upset all his other conquests!

Galton and Simpson (Corbett's writers from Steptoe & Son) wrote a strong script cleverly combining comedy and drama which allowed Corbett to shine as the obvious star of the film (many agree this is his best film role) and whilst this is undoubtedly his vehicle, there is an extremely strong supporting cast of a plethora of British character actors, in particular Eric Sykes as the totally incompetant mariner and Ronnie Barker as Hemel's cousin who certainly gives Corbett a run for his money with every scene they share together and shows the early signs of the stardom that was to soon follow. Nice cameos from Brian Wilde and Richard Briers too.

The film is beautifully made and benefits greatly from being shot in Technicolor, giving the already nostalgic locations a dream-like veneer.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, fun, classic 15 Mar 2004
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Harry H. Corbett has always been a favourite of mine; he was a fine and talented actor. Alongside Ronnie Barker and Eric Sykes, set on the canals of England, it would be difficult to find a better setting. An excellent supporting cast, a witty and moral story, I was surprised at how pleasing and enjoyable this film turned out to be.
If you want a fun film, with beautiful settings, the feel and romance of "Old" England, this has to be a must watch. I never tire of it, especially the happy ending!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARRY H CORBETT 10 July 2010
One of the few films of the 1960,s featuring the late Harry H Corbett as the star of the film. This film in particularly i would consider one of his best and although he could never really shake the cockney image of Harold Steptoe it does do him justice. the trip along the canals of England are a quite a memory of times past and also there is the young Ronnie Barker as Harrys side kick who has to cover for his mate and get him out of scrapes with ladies along the way. Also you can see the start of Ronnies career also. Great film fits in well alongside the carry on films with a slight touch of the more serious.
2 great comedy actors sadly missed and a great film to remember them by.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bargie...One of the best 12 July 2010
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This would have to be one of the best comedy Drama's that I have ever seen.
Harry / Ronnie/ Eric and the whole cast are all perfect.
The drama had you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see the outcome....And the laughter was in the right places.
What a treat it was to travel back in time to this wonderful part of England, and to be in this time period again.
And what a treat it was to see Eric Sykes again at his best.
They don't make movies like this anymore....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It taken a long time arriving on DVD 1 April 2010
After coming out years ago on VHS, The Bargee finally makes it legitimately onto DVD after several pirate editions in the past for sell on that famous auction site. Its a cracking comedy(written by Galton & Simpson) in the vein of Steptoe & Son full of non-pc humour(great)set on the canals of sixties Britain, a time that now seems a long,long distant memory when things seemed so innocent & less hectic plus its got Ben Fogles mum 60's star Julia Foster as the love interest.
So if you like 50's & 60's British comedy then you will not be disapponted & its a great, crisp digital transfer as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humourous Canal classic 9 Dec 2009
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A star cast played to perfection. Excellent story of morals and some half decent boat handling too. The continuity has much to be desired from the geographical viewpoint, but the story line is far more important. A lovely addition to serious canalaholics, with Brentford, Apsley, Rose's at Boxmoor, Winkwell, and Marsworth well featured, and plenty of fun besides. Eric Sykes is superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film 1 April 2010
This is an excellent film. Perhaps the term gentle comedy sums it up. There are a host of comedy stars but it is based firmly in reality.

The story itself is has an element of 60's kitchen sink drama as well as the humour of Galton and Simpson.

Watching the film is great escapism to a bygone age that perhaps never was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bargee dvd 3 April 2013
By windy
wonderful rarely seen comedy from the writers' of Hancock. colour and full of faces you'll know and love,a gentle Ealing type film. I haven't seen on TV since the '70s(why) a cracking sharp print too. highly reccomended.
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