A Home Of Your Own
Here’s a couple of early Ronnie Barker classics that often get forgotten about alongside his better known TV work.
A Home Of Your Own.
Long before The Two Ronnies Ronnie Barker was making us laugh in this Black and White comedy film from 1965.
It would be hard to believe that the film was not inspired by the success of Bernard Cribbins’ classic song of the same vein from two years earlier, “Right Said Fred”.
Effectively the film is a satirical look at British builders in which many cups of tea are made, windows are broken and the same section of road is dug up over and over again by the water board, the electricity board and the gas board (not unlike today)
Ronnie Barker’s put-upon cement mixer, Peter Butterworth’s short-sighted carpenter and Bernard Cribbins’ hapless stonemason all contribute to the ensuing chaos.
The film itself is a noisy, but wordless, brick-by-brick account of the building a young couple’s dream house. From the day when the site is first selected, to the day – several years and children later – when the couple finally move in, the film is one long comedy of errors as the incompetent labourers struggle to complete the house.
It’s also short at 45 minutes long.
Ronnie Barker – Cement Mixer
Richard Briers – The Husband
Peter Butterworth – The Carpenter
Bernard Cribbins – The Stonemason
Written By: Jay Lewis and Johny Whyte
Produced By; Bob Kallett
Directed By: Jay Lewis
Original Cinema Release Date: 29th January 1965
Another short silent. Futtock’s End is a silent film with music, sound effects and incoherent mutterings in place of dialogue. Filmed at Grim’s Dyke, the former home of W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame).
The film got a DVD release in 2006 and was shown in Trafalgar Square in 2007 as part of the St George’s Day Celebrations.
A little more saucy in the vain of some of The Two Ronnies’ sketches and their similar efforts ‘By The Sea’ and ‘The Picnic’.
The Action takes place at a weekend gathering at the decaying country home of the eccentric and lewd General Futtock.
The gathering produces a series of saucy mishaps between staff and guests, as the lewd General (Ronnie Barker) competes for the attentions of a beautiful short skirted house guest with his equally lecherous butler played by Michael Hordern. Needless to say chaos ensues between the motley group.
Ronnie Barker – General Futtock
Michael Horden – The Butler
Richard O’ Sullivan
Written By: Ronnie Barker
Produced And Directed By: Bob Kellett
Original Cinema Release Date: February 1970