Mutiny on the Buses

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Mutiny on the Buses
"Mutiny on the Buses" (1972).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed by Harry Booth
Produced by
Written by
  • Ronald Chesney
  • Ronald Wolfe
Starring Reg Varney
Anna Karen
Michael Robbins
Doris Hare
Music by Ron Grainer
Cinematography Mark McDonald
Edited by Archie Ludski
Distributed by MGM-EMI
Release dates
  • June 1972 (1972-06)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mutiny on the Buses is a 1972 British comedy film directed by Harry Booth and starring Reg Varney and Doris Hare.[1] The film is the second spin-off film from the TV sitcom On the Buses and succeeded On the Buses (1971). It was followed by a third film Holiday on the Buses (1973). The film was produced by Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe for Hammer Films. Mutiny on the Buses came 17th in the 1972 box office.[2]


Bus driver Stan Butler (Reg Varney) agrees to marry Susy (Janet Mahoney), much to the anguish of the rest of the family. Arthur loses his job so Stan, as the main money earner, agrees to delay the wedding while teaching Arthur to drive a bus. Meanwhile there is mutiny at the depot when the Depot Manager installs a new radio control system in all the buses (borrowing an idea previously used in the episode "Radio Control"). Jack (Bob Grant) tampers with the radio system and crosses the wires with the police frequency and several misunderstandings ensue. Blakey is then issued with a van to follow the buses around their routes, but when Stan and Jack accidentally cause a fire in the bus depot, the van is crushed between two buses in the ensuing chaos. The fire highlights the inadequacies of the depot's fire fighting equipment, which the general manager orders to be upgraded. Blakey stages a fire drill with the new equipment, but it goes spectacularly wrong when the foam machine goes out of control.

Stan and Jack get into various scrapes, including a darts competition at the depot and a special tours trip to Windsor Safari Park, all to the exasperation of Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis).


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Apart from the location work, the film was shot at EMI-MGM Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England.

The bus at the safari park in Mutiny on the Buses was NRN 607, a Leyland Atlantean/Metro Cammell, new to Ribble Motor Services.


  1. ^ "Mutiny on the Buses". BFI. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  2. ^ I. Q. Hunter; Laraine Porter (2012). British Comedy Cinema. Routledge. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-415-66667-1. 

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