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Man about the House

UK 1974
produced by
Roy Skeggs for Hammer
directed by John Robins
starring Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Doug Fisher, Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Arthur Lowe, Bill Maynard, Spike Milligan, Aimi McDonald
written by Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke, based on the Thames Television-tv-series

Man about the House

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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As it's the end of summer term, Robin (Richard O'Sullivan) takes up a job as chef in a restaurant - a job that isn't all that he would expected it to be. Meanwhile, at the homefront, trouble's also brewing. Evil land-developers (is there any other kind) want to knock down all the houses on their block & build a big office building. & while Mildred (Yootha Joyce), landlady of Robin, Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) & Jo (Sally Thomsett) is completely against selling the house, her husband George (Brian Murphy) isn't quite so sure about that. At a community meeting, attended by all of them, Chrissy & Robin decide to start a petition, & even though they get heaps of signatures, they seem to be fighting for a lost cause, since almost all the neighbours sell out to the land-developers, & the MP of their constituency is blackmailed because of paying for the house of his mistress in particularly that neighbourhood. Of course, after loads of to & fro & a chase through the Thames television building, Robin, Chrissy & Jo succeed in keeping their flat in George & Mildred's building.


When the success of major studio financed horror pics like Exorcist & of extremely macabre stuff like Texas Chainsaw Massacre bulliedchainsawmassacre(1974).htm">Texas Chainsaw Massacre bullied caterers of this niche market out of their source of revenue, studios like Hammer had to open up to new markets - one ill-fated attempt of Hammer was to jump the martial arts-bandwagon with movies like The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires & Shatter, another was big screen adaptations of successful tv-series - a strategy that actually made Hammer big in the first place with the Quatermass-movies ! These adaptations included On the Buses, Love thy Neighbour, & of course, this one. As movie-adaptations of tv-series go, this one stays pretty close to the series, employing all the lead characters in their respective roles, but the format of the half-hour sitcom was not actually made to fit a feature-film. Thus, the characters are best when they are seen in standard, trivial situations, when they are faced with this larger than life plot, though, they become increasingly unfunny, as the plot is actually, while overly complex, quite stupid, with many famous British comedians of the time in small but pointless roles, more often than not interrupting the proceedings & making the whole movie rather tiresome. Watch the series instead !


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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