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
Art Director
Film Editor
Production Manager
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up Supervisor
Hairdressing Supervisor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Construction Manager
Assistant Director
Dubbing Mixer
Recording Director
Special Effects
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
Musical Supervisor
Written and Produced by
Directed by

Roy Skeggs
Don Picton
James Needs
Ron Jackson
Claude Hitchcock
Roy Hyde
Sally Ball
Ricky Rickerby
Elaine Bowerbank
Laura Nightingale
Arthur Banks
Ken Baker
William Rowe
Tony Lumkin
Ted Hallows
Les Bowie
Malcolm Clare
Rodney Anstiss
Brian Probyn, BSc
Denis King
Philip Martell
Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney
Bryan Izzard


Stan Butler
Stan’s Mum
Arthur, his Brother-in-Law
Olive, his Sister
Blakey, his Inspector
Jack, his Conductor
Bert (Guest Star)
Nurse (Guest Star)
Mr Briggs (Guest Star)
Mrs Briggs (Guest Star)
Camp Manager (Guest Star)
Little Arthur
Depot Manager
Mrs Coombs
Mrs Hudson

Reg Varney
Doris Hare
Michael Robbins
Anna Karen
Stephen Lewis
Bob Grant
Wilfred Brambell
Kate Williams
Arthur Mullard
Queen Watts
Henry McGee
Adam Rhodes
Michael Sheard
Hal Dyer
Franco Derosa
Maria Gatti
Eunice Black
Maureen Sweeney
Sandra Bryant
Carolae Donoghe
Tara Lynn
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