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Plank, The (1967)

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plankA joyously inventive British “silent” comedy from writer/director Eric Sykes about the misadventures of two builders trying to transport a wooden plank through a suburb of London to a building site.

Sykes himself is “Smaller workman” to Tommy Cooper’s “Larger workman”, and, although not all the jokes are completely fresh, the fun is in the effective sound effects, and the spotting of comedy icons such as Jimmy Edwards (policeman), Jimmy Tarbuck (barman) and Roy Castle (man covered in garbage) in unfamiliar poses and surroundings.

Larger workman
Tommy Cooper
Smaller workman
Eric Sykes
Policeman
Jimmy Edwards
Man covered in garbage
Roy Castle
Amorous van driver
Graham Stark
Station sergeant
Stratford Johns
House painter
Jim Dale
Barman
Jimmy Tarbuck
Woman with rose
Hattie Jacques
Chauffeur
Johnny Speight

Director
Eric Sykes

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