The Plank (1967 film)

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The Plank
"The Plank" (1967).jpg
Directed byEric Sykes
Produced byJon Penington
Beryl Vertue (executive)
Written byEric Sykes
StarringEric Sykes
Tommy Cooper
Jimmy Edwards
Music byBrian Fahey
CinematographyArthur Wooster
Edited byJohn Pomeroy
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
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  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
45 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Plank is a 1967 British slapstick comedy 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.

The cast features many of the top comedians and comic actors of the time.[1]


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, 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.


See also[edit]

  • The Plank (1979 film) — a television remake of this film
  • Other Eric Sykes short films in a similar style to The Plank:


  1. ^ "The Plank (1967)".
  2. ^ Wilkin, Chris (1 December 2011). "Wooden film star goes under the hammer in Colchester". Daily Gazette. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Plank of wood goes under hammer ... for £1,050". Daily Gazette. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. ^ "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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