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Steptoe & Son (1972)

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Brambell ... Albert Steptoe
Harry H. Corbett ... Harold Kitchener Steptoe
Carolyn Seymour ... Zita
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Vicar
Victor Maddern ... Chauffeur
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Barman
Joan Heath Joan Heath ... Zita's mother
Fred McNaughton Fred McNaughton ... Zita's father
Lon Satton ... Pianist
Patrick Fyffe Patrick Fyffe ... Arthur (as Perri St. Claire)
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Hobbs
Mike Reid Mike Reid ... Compere
Alec Mango ... Hotel Doctor
Michael Da Costa Michael Da Costa ... Hotel Manager (as Michael da Costa)
Enys Box Enys Box ... Traffic Warden
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Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the bright lights in the West End of London, meets a stripper. Fine, but he marries her and takes her home. Albert, of course, is furious and tries every trick he knows to drive the new bride from his household. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bric-à-brac de père en fils See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut film appearance of Mike Reid. See more »

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During Steptoe and Son's night out watching the stripper, Albert's hair changes from ruffled to neatly combed and back to ruffled within a few frames. See more »

Quotes

Albert Steptoe: [About Zita] You can be poor without being common, and she was common!
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Spun-off from Steptoe and Son (1962) See more »

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Oddly grim big screen outing for the boys
29 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The 1970s was the decade of big screen adaptations for popular British TV series and STEPTOE AND SON is the first of two such workings for the ever-popular show (STEPTOE AND SON RIDE AGAIN would be released the following year). Fans of the series are likely to enjoy it as it sees the return of Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell to their most famous roles, and the old camaraderie is back once more as if they'd never been away.

However, this is a film that feels very different to the good-natured and light-hearted TV show. There's a cold, almost ruthless streak of pessimism in the production that makes this feel more like a tragedy than a comedy. In some ways it feels like an episode drawn out to feature length and the single-strand plot makes some elements of the production feel drawn out and repetitive.

In essence the tale is about Corbett falling for a stripper and deciding to marry her, only for the needy Brambell to get in the way. Carolyn Seymour successfully portrays the awkwardness felt at coming between this pairing. There's little more to it than that, but at times this film feels like a depiction of psychological and emotional torture, with Brambell turning the thumb screws at every opportunity. It's testament to the skill of the two stars that this remains a likable comedy despite the darkness of the script. Inevitably, the grimy surroundings are better realised than ever on film as opposed to television, and the envelope is pushed further than ever with nudity and bad language in the mix.


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