The Plank (1967 film)

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The Plank
Directed by Eric Sykes
Produced by Jon Penington
Beryl Vertue (executive)
Written by Eric Sykes
Starring Eric Sykes
Tommy Cooper
Jimmy Edwards
Music by Brian Fahey
Cinematography Arthur Wooster
Edited by John Pomeroy
Release dates 1967
Running time 45 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Plank is a 1967 British slapstick comedy short film made by Associated London Films. It follows the misadventures of two builders who require a floorboard. It was written and directed by Eric Sykes, and produced by Jon Penington. The story was based on an episode of Eric Sykes' BBC comedy series Sykes and A... from 1964, called 'Sykes and A Plank'.

Although not strictly a silent film, it is unusual in having little dialogue; instead, the film is punctuated by grunts, other vocal noises and sound effects.

Plot[edit]

After one of the characters uses the last floorboard for heating, the two hapless carpenters have to buy a replacement. They return to the house with the plank on top of a Morris Eight Series E, but the journey is fraught with unexpected difficulties.

The film is a series of "plank jokes" elaborating on the "man with a plank" slapstick routine seen in vaudeville and silent films, and adding new ones. For instance, at one point the plank is tied to the top of the car and projects backward into the open back of a large van. A man (played by Roy Castle) enters the back of the van and sits down. The van drives away, leaving him suspended in mid-air sitting on the end of the plank.

Cast[edit]

  • The plank itself was sold at auction in December 2011 for £1,050.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]

  • Other Eric Sykes short films in a similar style to The Plank:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkin, Chris (1 December 2011). "Wooden film star goes under the hammer in Colchester". Daily Gazette. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Plank of wood goes under hammer ... for £1,050". Daily Gazette. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Plank of wood that became a film star is sold for £1k". Daily Gazette. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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