The Plank – 1967 (Cinema), 1979 (TV)
Based on a comedy sketch called “Sykes and a Plank“, which was written by Eric Sykes for his comedy television series “Sykes and a” An all star line up come together in this slapstick comedy short film.
The original running for 45 minutes and produced by Associated London Films hit cinemas in 1967 with an all star line up.
In 1979, The plank was remade for TV with another all star cast. In this instance the film ran for just 30 minutes.
Although not technically a silent film, it is unusual in having little spoken dialogue, instead the film is punctuated by grunts, other vocal noises and sound effects.
The 1979 film version won at the 1980 Festival Rose d’Or, held in Montreux, Switzerland.
The original 1967 plank was sold at auction in December 2011 for £1,050.
When two builders find that a floorboard is missing, they buy a replacement floorboard and return with it through the streets, causing unexpected chaos.
and The Cat
Harry H. Corbett
TV Channel: ITV (Thames)
Written and Directed By: Eric Sykes
Film Version: Jon Penington and Beryl Vertue (executive)
TV Version: Dennis Kirkland
Directed By: Eric Sykes (both)
Original Cinema Release: 1967
Original TV Transmission: 1979