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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plank, Eric Sykes Classic British comedy short
This is the cult classic short and near silent film with very little dialogue, written and directed by Eric Sykes, starring Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper, and of course "The Plank"

The Plot....

Here is a short overview of the plot, I will not give too much away as it would spoil it for anyone seeing it for the first time.

The storyline is...
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by markh5682

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film, dreadful DVD
For any fan of these classic British 'silent' films of the 50s/60s/70s The Plank is one of the defining and most memorable. Other reviews here talk about the film itself, so I won't repeat them.

In regard to this DVD, the people at Granada Ventures should be shot. This is possibly the worst transfer of a 'classic' film that I've seen in a long time. Admittedly...
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by naranek


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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plank, Eric Sykes Classic British comedy short, 19 Mar 2009
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This is the cult classic short and near silent film with very little dialogue, written and directed by Eric Sykes, starring Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper, and of course "The Plank"

The Plot....

Here is a short overview of the plot, I will not give too much away as it would spoil it for anyone seeing it for the first time.

The storyline is very simple in that Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper are two inept workmen laying floorboards in a newbuild house, only to find that they are one board short to finish the job, as Eric Sykes has used it for firewood, so they go to the woodyard to get another one.

This should have been a simple task, but the new floorboard (The Plank of the title) seems to have a life of its own, couple that with the ineptitude of the two workmen, and chaos ensues as they try and get the plank back to the house tied to the top of their car, obviously the plank does not stay on top of their car for long, as it takes on a life of it's own and it causes a myriad of problems for the huge cast, whilst the two workmen try to find it again causing even more chaos as they go.

The workmens old car also provides some comedy as the doors will not close properly and bits start falling off it.

Jimmy Edwards plays an inept policeman who reluctantly tries to sort out the chaos and ends up being a victim of the plank himself, as do most of the other cast members.

The Cast....

This Film has a huge and impressive cast of well known stars including Jimmy Edwards, Roy Castle, Graham Stark, Stratford Johns, Hattie Jaques, Jim Dale, Jimmy Tarbuck, Kenny Lynch and many more.

This is a classic performance with Eric Sykes And Tommy Cooper at their best, and they are well supported by all the other cast members, especially Jimmy Edwards as the Policeman and Roy castle as the man who causes a stink wherever he goes after falling into the back of a bin wagon, giving binman Kenny Lynch a fright as he emerges from the rubbish. plus many more comic situations, too many to mention here without spoiling the film for anyone who has never seen it.

The DVD....

This film comes on one disc in a standard DVD case, there is no inner booklet, and there are no special features on the disc, all the sleevenotes being on the back of the case.

This film has been released in shorter versions in the past and some deleted scenes have been restored and put back into the film from archive sources, the picture and sound quality is variable, but it is pretty good throughout, and this is the complete version of the film.

The film is in colour, it was made in 1967, it is 51 minutes in length and has been given a cert. U so it is suitable for the whole family.

And Finally....

This cult classic is one of those laugh a minute films with never a dull moment, cramming a huge amount of comedy situations into its 51 minutes length, and is guaranteed to keep you laughing throughout the film.

I have watched this film several times and never tire of it.

At the time of writing, this DVD is availlable for as little as 3.93, and is worth every single penny and more.

Highly recommended
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very British Homage to the Silent Greats., 28 Oct 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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It has taken me a long time to get around to watching this little masterpiece, but the wait has been amply rewarded. I have long thought Eric Sykes to be a hugely gifted comedian, and here he showcases his talents as both writer and director. He has assembled a who's who of British comic talent of the period. Jimmy Edwards is memorable as a policeman with an eye for the girls, and Jim Dale adds a carry on flavour to proceedings. John Junkin is hilarious as a one eyed van driver. The late great Roy Castle perhaps steals the honours as a long haired youngster who falls in a refuse lorry much to everyone elses consternation.

The film does not really have a story as such, you merely follow the adventures of two workmen, played by Eric Sykes and the brilliant Tommy Cooper as they collect a plank to finish off the floor of a new house they are working on. The plank becomes involved in many hilarious adventures. The film is extremely innovative and unique in style. It is a very British silent film comedy, although you can hear some brief vocals and other background noises. The film is Sykes own tribute to the great silent comedians of the past, who were obviously an influence on him. Those comedians were forced to be highly innovative without the assistance of sound, and they found many ways to do just that. Look at Keaton in "The General" and Chaplin in "The Gold Rush" to evidence the myriad routes to originality. The film also reminded me much of the epic travails of Laurel and Hardy in "The Music Box", where they battled with a piano up a never ending flight of now immortalized Hollywood steps. These two greats had also honed their comedic skills in the silent cinema and also demonstrated how to get laughs out of inanimate objects like planks. Sykes follows in that great tradition and who could imagine that one plank of wood could garner such a harvest of laughs. Watch out for the window cleaner and the beer, my own favourite.

If you have a love of slapstick humour and loved those old silent comedy greats then this is the film for you. In a uniquely British way this film pays a fitting homage to those giants of the silent era. Those who yearn for a bit of nostalgia will love to see all the sights of sixties London brought briefly back to life. The film was remade for TV in 1979, again starring Eric Sykes. But why remake a classic? Highly entertaining.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you not love this film?, 30 Jan 2011
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I remember seeing this film with my father when i was a lad. Seeing it again recently not only brought back fond memories of my dad roaring with laughter but also reminds me what geniuses of comedy Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper were. Surely the people that reviewed this film badly have lost their sense of humour. Relax guys, see things for what they are. This is a brilliant short comedy with slapstick humour that was just good fun, something that we forget to have nowadays. It doesn't have anything in bad taste, nor is it made to shock or make the viewer feel awkward. Wouldn't it be great if more people today just had fun without upsetting or offending others.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film, dreadful DVD, 31 Dec 2010
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For any fan of these classic British 'silent' films of the 50s/60s/70s The Plank is one of the defining and most memorable. Other reviews here talk about the film itself, so I won't repeat them.

In regard to this DVD, the people at Granada Ventures should be shot. This is possibly the worst transfer of a 'classic' film that I've seen in a long time. Admittedly when DVD started companies had trouble getting good quality stock to transfer, but this copy of The Plank looks as though it's been transferred from an NTSC-standard VHS. Colour registration is awful and the wow on the audio makes musical sections almost unbearable.

To have it in your collection, and at under 4, this is probably a must-buy for many, but the film deserves much, much better treatment. Disappointing.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic...., 4 April 2006
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...not in the sense that it is the best of it's genre, but in the sense that it is typical of it. If you needed to to have just one exemplar of british 'silly' humour, this would fit all the requirements. Reminiscent of it's predecessors The Goons, Dad's Army and (early) Carry On, and probably inspirational to followers such as The Goodies.
Packed with 'faces' that anyone over thirty who grew up here will recognise.
Two builders find themselves one floor-board short of a house. So they go to the timber yard to get one. That's the story. All of it...except the details. It's the details that make the rest of the film, and make it so damn funny, as the hapless pair unknowingly wreak mayhem and chaos.
It shouldn't need to be said - but I'll say it any way :-) - that there is a level of genius required to make an entire film out of just that. But then it is the work of Eric Sykes (recently seen in 'Harry P & the Goblet of Fire' and 'The Others', for younger viewers) who has been a mainstay of British humour, both as a writer and performer, for several decades now.
Incindentally if you don't quite 'get' the image of the incompetent British workman portrayed in this film find a copy of Bernard Cribbens' 'Right, Said Fred' and listen to it. Everything will become clear!
Oh, and there's a kitten, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film review, 7 Nov 2010
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viewed this film many years ago. has not lost any of its charm
very funny. good entertainment for a rainy day
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the plank - brings back old memories, 16 July 2011
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It's very dated, very slap stick, but great to look back at the sixties and to note how different life was without the current non-sensical Health & Safety rules & legislation. It would make a good construction training video?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this anymore, 2 April 2010
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Ihave this on VHS and it was a real delight to get it in DVD. A film without a script. What a pity they don't make them like this anymore. Eric Sykes ?- a real master.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the plank, 20 Jan 2010
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Mr. M. E. Witten (Calne, Wiltshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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excellant movie an all time classic as a 46 year old i related to alot of the comedians in my youth,great evenings entertainment,even my 14 year old son enjoyed.an excellant buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plank, 17 May 2009
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Somchai Chantananad (South West) - See all my reviews
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A superb bit of 60s comedy. this programme is a laugh a minute and in my oppinion worth every penny.
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