On the Buses… BBFC cuts revealed to a British comedy series made by Hammer films

Posted: 11 August, 2014 in BBFC cuts
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The Buses DVD Harry Booth On the Buses is a 1971 UK comedy by Harry Booth.
Starring Reg Varney, Doris Hare and Michael Robbins. BBFC link IMDb

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it… just! His job is secure, as bus drivers are hard to come by, and his overtime prospects are good, until the bus company decide to revoke a long standing rule and employ women bus drivers. Aghast at the thought of no overtime and, therefore, less wages, he joins forces with his long time work colleague Jack to sabotage the new female employees.

Cut by the BBFC for an A rated 1971 cinema release. The cuts persisted into all home video releases since

UK: Passed A/PG after BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2006 Optimum/Studiocanal DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 TPC DVD
  • 2003 Warner Triple Feature R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 1988 Warner VHS
  • 1971 cinema release

Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 1 – Remove the shot of Stan peeling a banana as Jack is making love to the girl in her house.
  • Reel 4 – Remove the shot of Stan pushing down the radio aerial after his unsuccessful attempt to make love to the girl.
  • Reel 5 – Remove the shot of Stan pushing down the radio aerial after his unsuccessful attempt to make love to the girl.
  • Reel 8 – Remove the dialogue line “You got so excited you put it in the wrong place.”

Mutiny on the Buses is a 1972 UK comedy by Harry Booth.
Starring Reg Varney, Doris Hare and Michael Robbins. IMDb

Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan’s money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot Manager into giving him the job of driver on the new money-making Special Tours Bus. A great idea …if only the inspector hadn’t taken Stan on his trial run to the Windsor Safari Park.

Uncut by the BBFC

Buses Mutiny Holiday DVD Holiday on the Buses is a 1973 UK comedy by Bryan Izzard.
Starring Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis and Doris Hare. BBFC link IMDb

Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief security guard and manages to get caught in accidental compromising situations with the camp’s nurse. The Butlers head for one disaster after another as Jack and Stan, still chasing women half their age, take two girls for a bus trip on the sands only for the bus to sink in as the tide approaches. Olive gets into bed with someone else’s husband when she makes it back to the wrong chalet in the dark and ‘little’ Arthur sprays the chalet with ink, requiring a re-painting job. The holiday over Arthur’s sidecar combination manages to come apart on the way out as it did on the way in.

Passed A after BBFC cuts for 1973 cinema release. Uncut and PG rated on on VHS and DVD.

UK: Passed A after BBFC category cuts for:

  • 1973 cinema release

Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 1 – Shorten the shot showing the girl’s bare breasts.
  • Reel 5 – Remove all but one of the reaction shots of Jack’s head as he and the nurse make love.

UK: Passed PG uncut for:

  • 2006 Optimum R2 DVD
  • 2003 Warner Triple Feature R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 1989 Warner VHS
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