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Bless This House

Bless This House – 1972

Gerald Thomas

Dave Freeman

Peter Rogers producer

Sid James – Sid Abbot
Diana Coupland – Jean Abbot
Sally Geeson – Sally Abbot
Peter Butterworth – Trevor Lewis
Terry Scott – Ronald Baines
June Whitfield – Vera Baines
Robin Askwith – Mike Abbot
Carol Hawkins – Kate Baines
Patsy Rowlands – Betty Lewis
George A. Cooper – Mr Wilson
Bill Maynard – Oldham
Marianne Stone – Muriel
Janet Brown – Annie Hobbs
Julian Orchard – Tom Hobbs
Tommy Godfrey – Murray
Wendy Richard – Carol
Patricia Franklin – Mary
Molly Weir – Mary’s Mother
Ed Devereaux – Jim
Johnny Briggs – Open Truck Driver
Frank Thornton – Mr Jones

Review by Theo Robertson
Bless This House (1972)

I can’t remember much about the original TV sitcom of BLESS THIS HOUSE except that it starred Sid James as a naughty man called Sid ( With the exception of Hammer’s QUATERMASS 2 has there ever been anything James has appeared in where he doesn’t play a character called Sid ? ) who’s a very similar character he plays in all the CARRY ON movies and that the series was very popular at the time since it was broadcast after CORONATION STREET
This is a film version of the sit com and it’s amazing how many successful ITV Brit coms were produced for cinema release : MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE , ON THE BUSES , LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR etc . Remembering very little about the show I don’t know how it compares
Sid Abbot’s son is getting married to Kate Baines the girl next door who’s father works for the customs and excise , rather inconvient since Sid is brewing brandy in his garden shed .
The problem with the movie is the amount of farce and slapstick that comes into being with people having to hide under tables and getting involved in egg fights . It’s all rather unsophisticated stuff and would probably have been quite dated by the time of its initial release . The early 70s fashion doesn’t help either

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