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Watched The Bargee...

Postby Archie » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:09 pm

...earlier on, the first time for a couple of years. Fired up the old VCR and watched the tape :D

I didn't recall Foggy Dewhurst from 'Last of The Summer Wine' & Arthur from' On The Buses' :o
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby bob » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:50 pm

Ohh it is a great film.

Full of UK stars and a very British story.

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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby harryfaversham » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:27 pm

I concur
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Mickey » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:24 pm

An interesting film indeed from the canal aspect of it's main theme of a 'lost era' of working narrow boats on the Grand Union Canal (London-Birmingham) that was a fast fading way of life during the 1960s and infact ended in 1970 when the last few remaining commercial narrow boats were finally withdrawn.

I came across this film on a dvd during the early part of 2012 and have watched it several times over since, the scenes in the canal side pub with Ronnie Barker involved in a drinking competition with the Lock Keeper (29 pints!) are very funny.

It is noticable how well Harry handled the narrow boats especially the scene when he entered the lock and then reversed the narrow boats engine to use the propellers 'back wash' to close the lock gate (just like a propper boatman would have done).

Recently i have wondered what if instead of casting Ronnie Barker as Harry's mate if they could have cast Wilfred Brambell in that role instead (father & son working the boats?) it could have made for an interesting 'one off' film with our two hero's working the boats instead of being Rag & bone men?.
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby bob » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:38 pm

Welcome to the Forum Mickey

The Bargee is a great film - I love the Eric Sykes Character
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Mickey » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:50 pm

bob wrote:Welcome to the Forum Mickey

The Bargee is a great film - I love the Eric Sykes Character


Thanks for the welcome bob, yes the Eric Sykes character was a laugh all the way through the film (just like the Ronnie Barker character) infact everyone involved in the Bargee done a good job with there character parts, the film is very much a bit of a lost gem in my opinion and i am glad i came across it. :wink:
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:27 pm

I cannot tell you how much I love the Bargee!!! :P Starred my favorite Actor Harry H Corbett plus Ronnie Barker, Eric Sykes, Derek Nimmo, Hugh Griffths,Richard Briers, Michael Robbins plus many more too mention set in idyllic settings in misty far away 1960's which I long for. Harry H Corbett wasn't in many films but this is one of my favourite in my DVD collection. 8)
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Archie » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:05 pm

Eric Sykes was great as the foolish boat owner - as many are, the local lifeboat crew will testify :|

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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:42 pm

Archie wrote:Eric Sykes was great as the foolish boat owner - as many are, the local lifeboat crew will testify :|

Welcome to the forum BTW.


Thanks. Yeah, Eric Sykes was a genius and sorely missed. As said a film of it's time, full of classic Actors/Actresses and not many films are made nowadays with the calibre of stars as this had sadly. Great forum too. :P
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Uncle Nobby » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:30 am

I've just ordered The Bargee from Amazon together with Joey Boy.

I also bought the 3 On The Buses films and The Army Game Series 1-5(The last 50 remaining episodes).
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Uncle Nobby » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:46 pm

I have just finished watching the film.

It was great.

True G&S classic that they used actors in it that appeared in the series.

Norman Bird who was the British Waterways boss appeared in Without Prejudice as a house owner.
Rita Webb who played Potty Aida.

I also noticed Patricia Hayes.
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Re: Watched The Bargee...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:47 pm

Uncle Nobby wrote:I have just finished watching the film.

It was great.

True G&S classic that they used actors in it that appeared in the series.

Norman Bird who was the British Waterways boss appeared in Without Prejudice as a house owner.
Rita Webb who played Potty Aida.

I also noticed Patricia Hayes.


Ahhhhh.. Don't make classic like those anymore. So many giants in one film. Makes me feel happy everytime I see it. :P
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