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The Plank [VHS]
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on 19 March 2009
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 28 October 2009
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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on 3 September 2017
Didn't think this version as good as the one with Arthur Lowe instead of Tommy Cooper. Very similar storyline, but the music and the reading of the production list at the beginning very annoying.
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on 14 July 2017
this is as funny as I remember it
Eric and Tommy are a great team
buy it if you want to know about the film its worth it
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on 20 February 2013
What can you say that ain't already been said about this film?
Some of the best slap-stick british comedy you can get, played out by masters of the craft/art form.
Love this film to bits, will brighten up your day and if you can't smile at this then you should go see your doctor becasue you have serious issues.
A worthy addition to any DVD collection.
Buy this DVD now!
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on 23 July 2017
not watched but remember the film from years ago
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on 28 June 2017
Brilliant, brought back fond memories.
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on 12 October 2017
Classic Eric Sykes, love it
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on 18 July 2017
Funny film
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on 16 September 2017
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