1971 On the Buses

On the Buses – 1971

A Hammer Special Comedy Presentation presented by EMI film Productiom Limited and released through MGM-EMI Film Distributors Limited 

Copyright MCMLXXl 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 System 

Made at EMI-MGM Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England 

Technicolor 88 mins 


Reacting to a staff shortage at the Town and District Bus Company, Inspector Blake comes up with the novel idea of recruiting women drivers. Stan Butler and his conductor, Jack, are, like the rest of the male crews, horrified, not least because there is not a single attractive female among the new arrivals! Determined to be rid of this menace to their overtime earnings, they plot all manner of schemes to get their way. Meanwhile, on the home front, Stan’s ghastly sister, Olive, announces that she is going to have a baby…..


Production Supervisor
Production Designer
Film Editor
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up Supervisor
Hairdressing Supervisor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Wardrobe Mistress
Assistant Art Director
Construction Manager
Dubbing Mixer
Recording Director
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
“It’s a Great Life on the Buses”
Music by
Lyrics by
Sung by
Musical Supervisor
Written and Produced by
Directed by 

Roy Skeggs
Scott MacGregor
Archie Ludski, GBFE
Christopher Neame
Derek Whitehurst
John Purchese
Peter Keen
Doreen Dearnaley
Eddie Knight
Ivy Emmerton
Rosemary Burrows
June Kirby
Ron Benton
Bill Greene
Billy Rowe
Tony Lumkin
Neil Binney
Mark McDonald
Max Harris

Geoff Unwin
Roger Ferris
Quince Harmon
Philip Martell
Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney
Harry Booth


Stan Butler 
Stan’s Mum 
Arthur, his Brother-in-Law 
Olive, his Sister 
Blakey, his Inspector 
Jack, his Conductor 
Mr Brooks 
Betty’s Husband 
London Transport Official 
1st Policeman 
2nd Policeman 
Motor Cycle Cop 
Old Woman 
Medical Orderly 

Reg Varney
Doris Hare
Michael Robbins
Anna Karen
Stephen Lewis
Bob Grant
Andrea Lawrence
Pat Ashton
Brian Oulton
Pamela Cundell
Pat Coombs
Wendy Richard
Peter Madden
David Lodge
Brenda Gogan
Caroline Dowdeswell
Eunice Black
Claire Davenport
Maggie McGrath
Jeanne Varney
Nosher Powell
Tex Fuller
Terry Duggan
Anna Michaels
Norman Mitchell
Ivor Slater
George Roderick
Gavin Campbell
David Rowlands
Hilda Barry
Jeanette Wild
Moira Foot
Reginald Peters


Hammer already knew from their experience in the early years that there were rich pickings to be had from converting popular radio and television programmes into films and the making of this film was prompted by the return to the Company full-time of Michael Carreras. It was based on the London Weekend Television sitcom which had been drawing large audiences since 1969 and turned out to be Hammer’s biggest money-spinner of all time. Its success ensured two sequels, “Mutiny on the Buses” (1972) and “Holiday on the Buses” (1973). Roy Skeggs, who later took over the Company after its near collapse in 1979, receives his first credit on film here, although he had been working for Hammer as a production accountant since 1963. Reg Varney was already a well-known face on British television before “On the Buses!’, having appeared in comedy series such as BBC TV’s “The Rag Trade”. Anna Karen appears in several “Carry On” films round this time, although she is virtually unrecognisable without her ‘Olive’ make-up. Further down the cast list, Wendy Richard had been in many episodes of popular TV comedy series, including “Steptoe and Son” and “Dad’s Army”. She later became more famous as Miss Brahms in BBC TV’s “Are You Being Served?” and then as  Pauline Fowler in the soap opera “Eastenders”. Moira Foot went on to play Denise Laroque of the Communist Resistance in BBC’s TV comedy “‘Allo ‘Allo” (1988).

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