1973 Holiday on the Buses

Holiday on the Buses - 1973

A Hammer production presented by Nat Cohen for Anglo-EMI Film Distributors Limited Copyright MCMLXXIII Hammer Film Productions Limited - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate
The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional

RCA Sound Recording
Made on location in Wales and at EMI-MGM EIstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England

Technicolor 85 mins


When Stan, Jack and Blakey all get the sack from the bus company, Blakey could not be more pleased; after all, now at least he will not have to work with the two layabouts who have been a pain in his neck for so long. He gets a job as a security man at a Welsh holiday camp, then, to his horror, discovers that Stan and Jack have found work there as well on the leisure buses. Add in Stan's family, who descend on the place on holiday, and you have a sure recipe for more comic chaos!



Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Art Director Don Picton
Film Editor James Needs
Production Manager Ron Jackson
Sound Recordist Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Continuity Sally Ball
Make-up Supervisor Ricky Rickerby
Hairdressing Supervisor Elaine Bowerbank
Wardrobe Supervisor Laura Nightingale
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Assistant Director Ken Baker
Dubbing Mixer William Rowe
Recording Director Tony Lumkin
Gaffer Ted Hallows
Special Effects Les Bowie
Choreographer Malcolm Clare
Camera Operator Rodney Anstiss
Director of Photography Brian Probyn, BSc
Music Composed by Denis King
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Written and Produced by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney
Directed by Bryan Izzard


Stan Butler Reg Varney
Stan's Mum Doris Hare
Arthur, his Brother-in-Law Michael Robbins
Olive, his Sister Anna Karen
Blakey, his Inspector Stephen Lewis
Jack, his Conductor Bob Grant
Bert (Guest Star) Wilfred Brambell
Nurse (Guest Star) Kate Williams
Mr Briggs (Guest Star) Arthur Mullard
Mrs Briggs (Guest Star) Queen Watts
Camp Manager (Guest Star) Henry McGee
Little Arthur Adam Rhodes
Depot Manager Michael Sheard
Mrs Coombs Hal Dyer
Luigi Franco Derosa
Maria Maria Gatti
Mrs Hudson Eunice Black
Mavis Maureen Sweeney
Sandra Sandra Bryant
Doreen Carolae Donoghe
Joyce Tara Lynn
Patient Alex Munro


By this time, even Hammer's buses were running unreliably and a fourth film was cancelled.
 Another milestone in Hammer's history was reached about this time and it was one which did not bode well for the future - James Carreras, whose showmanship had carried the Company for so long, finally retired in 1973, leaving his son Michael in sole charge. 
The guest stars are all from television comedies of the time - Wilfrid Brambell from "Steptoe and Son", Kate Williams from Love thy Neighbour, Arthur Mullard and Queenie Watts from "Queenie's Castle" and Henry McGee was the butt of many a joke in "The Benny Hill Show".
 This was last Hammer film to be edited by James Needs, who started with them in 1949.

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection