Double Bunk  [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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.
... 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. Carmichael was 18 years older than Scott but this does not reduce their success as a couple on screen; they had worked together before and work very well off of each other in "Double Bunk". Liz Fraser is brilliant alongside Sid, which again is not surprising because they also worked well off of each other; they got on well and were great friends, plus worked together in the later TV series "Citizen James". In terms of casting then you are in for a treat, even if you have never encountered Ian Carmichael or Janette Scott before... give them a chance!
So, what of the package itself? Well, the film is 90 mins long on a single disc and there are no special features, but the cover design is pleasing and the disc itself has the cover image and colour scheme across its face. This may not seem important, but when most DVDs these days are factory-style with only the title printed on them, the effort put into this package is evident. Also, the DVD comes with a small booklet that contains information about the film and brief biographies of the stars and supporting cast. Released in 1961, this film has a feel-good factor about it that will remind you more of the late 1950s than the early 1960s, but this is most welcome for a film that has been neglected for over 40 years. It is a great British film, with a wonderful British cast and is a nice little package... and by the way, the digital transfer is fantastic for a film of this age that has spent so much time on the shelf. A gem for your collection.
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