Man About the House (film)
Man About the House is a 1974 British comedy film, a spinoff of the sitcom of the same name, starring all of the main cast of the series. It was the last in a series of big screen adaptations of popular TV shows made by Hammer Films although a film of George & Mildred (featuring Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy in the title roles) would be made in 1980 by another studio.
|Man About the House|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||John Robins|
|Produced by||Roy Skeggs|
|Written by||Johnnie Mortimer|
|Based on||Man About the House|
by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke
|Music by||Christopher Gunning|
|Edited by||Archie Ludski|
|Distributed by||EMI Films|
|22 December 1974|
|Box office||£90,000 (London area)|
The Ropers learn that Mr Pluthero, an estate agent & developer, wants to buy their building. The roommates circulate a petition to stop the development which attracts the interest of MP Sir Edmund, who keeps a mistress in the building.
- Richard O'Sullivan as Robin Tripp
- Paula Wilcox as Chrissy Plummer
- Sally Thomsett as Jo
- Yootha Joyce as Mrs Roper
- Brian Murphy as Mr Roper
- Peter Cellier as Morris Pluthero
- Doug Fisher as Larry Simmonds
- Arthur Lowe as Mr Spiros
- Bill Maynard as Chef
- Aimi MacDonald as Hazel Lovett
- Patrick Newell as Sir Edmund Weir
- Andria Lawrence as Miss Amelia Bird
- Bill Grundy as the Interviewer
- Michael Ward as Mr Gideon
- Julian Orchard as the Producer
- Aubrey Morris as the Lecturer
- Bill Pertwee as the Postman
- Johnny Briggs as the Milkman
- Melvyn Hayes as Nigel
- Berry Cornish as the P.A.
- Bill Sawyer as the Chauffeur
- Mark Rogers as Boy Scout
- Pauline Peart as the Secretary
- Arthur Hewlett as the Elderly Man
- Annie Leake as the Tweedy Lady
- Corinne Skinner as the Housewife
- Michael Robbins as the Doorman
- Norman Mitchell as Arthur Mulgrove
- Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker and Spike Milligan as themselves
The critics were less impressed, with David Parkinson writing in the Radio Times, "great cast, shame about the script...The material is thinner than a bedsit wall."
- Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio, Hammer films: An exhaustive filmography, McFarland, 1996. p375.
- Alan Barnes & Marcus Hearn, The hammer story: The authorised history of Hammer films, Titan books, 2007. p 151.
- "Man about the House | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-03-20.