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Double Bunk1961

  • 3.4
When newlyweds Jack (Ian Carmichael) and Peggy (Janette Scott) face eviction, they are tricked into buying a rundown houseboat. After rebuilding the engine they take their old friends Sid (Sid James) and Sandra (Liz Fraser) on a local trip down the river to Folkestone. But as the fog gets thicker and mishaps become funnier, they find themselves chugging into a harbor in France. With little fuel or supplies left they resort to desperate measures to sail their way back home.

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Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift did it in one of her "Keeping Up Appearances" episodes; Cary Grant and Sophia Loren managed a little in "Houseboat"; and so too do Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott succeed in creating some delightful havoc on a river in "Double Bunk." The title is a play on words, expressing perhaps most fully the sense of exasperation two newlyweds might experience when their home, a boat on the Thames, proves more adventurous than romantic or even comfy. As newlyweds, the bunk is something they do not ever seem to get to, yet, in another way, get quite a lot of. The physical comedy is hilarious, especially as they travel the river capsizing any and all in their wake. Sidney James and Liz Frazer lend their comedic services to the adventure, Ms. Frazer doing her turn at riparian entertainment with a delightful striptease (emphasis on 'tease'). And Dennis Price is up to the challenge, as usual, as the sinister element.

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Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift did it in one of her "Keeping Up Appearances" episodes; Cary Grant and Sophia Loren managed a little in "Houseboat"; and so too do Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott succeed in creating some delightful havoc on a river in "Double Bunk." The title is a play on words, expressing perhaps most fully the sense of exasperation two newlyweds might experience when their home, a boat on the Thames, proves more adventurous than romantic or even comfy. As newlyweds, the bunk is something they do not ever seem to get to, yet, in another way, get quite a lot of. The physical comedy is hilarious, especially as they travel the river capsizing any and all in their wake. Sidney James and Liz Frazer lend their comedic services to the adventure, Ms. Frazer doing her turn at riparian entertainment with a delightful striptease (emphasis on 'tease'). And Dennis Price is up to the challenge, as usual, as the sinister element.

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"Double Bunk" is a delightful British comedy/adventure. A newlywed couple (Carmichael and Scott) buy an old run-down house-boat after being evicted from their flat. Later they discover why the owner was so anxious to sell it. Not only is the vessel falling apart, but a huge pile of bills is about to come due.

In an effort to forget about their worries, the couple decides to take a cruise down the Thames with their friends (James and Fraser). Instead of a "real honeymoon," the adventure ends up in a series of mishaps and disasters. Hilarity ensues.

Through a number of clever choices and fortuitous circumstances, all ends well. And the conclusion has a classic "turn about is fair play" twist.

Fun movie...

Shallow.