British Comedy Guide

Hammer Film Productions

Hammer Film Productions.

Hammer is synonymous with horror, after defining the genre in Britain with classics such as Dracula and The Mummy. However, only 1/3rd of Hammer films were horror and they have made a number of comedies.


Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film A Weekend With Lulu. Image shows from L to R: Deirdre Bell (Shirley Eaton), Timothy Grey (Leslie Phillips). A Weekend With Lulu Film The wild adventures of four characters who set out by caravan for a weekend on the coast, but end up in France.
Film Holiday On The Buses. Image shows from L to R: Jack Harper (Bob Grant), Mrs. Mabel Butler (Doris Hare), Inspector 'Blakey' Blake (Stephen Lewis), Stan Butler (Reg Varney), Olive Rudge (Anna Karen), Red Cross Nurse (Kate Williams), Arthur Rudge (Michael Robbins). Holiday On The Buses Film Third film spin-off from On The Buses. There is mayhem at a holiday camp when Stan, Jack and Blakey go to work there during the summer.
Film I Only Arsked! Film Big screen spin-off adventure based on hit ITV sitcom The Army Game.
Film Life With The Lyons Film
Film Love Thy Neighbour. Image shows from L to R: Eddie Booth (Jack Smethurst), Bill Reynolds (Rudolph Walker). Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. Love Thy Neighbour Film Film spin-off from popular sitcom Love Thy Neighbour. Eddie's bigotry causes trouble at the factory, whilst his mother and Bill's father both come to visit their sons.
Film Man About The House. Robin Tripp (Richard O'Sullivan). Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. Man About The House Film When their landlord has to sell-up for redevelopment, Robin and his two female flatmates organise a petition to their local MP.
Film Mutiny On The Buses. Image shows from L to R: Suzy (Janet Mahoney), Stan Butler (Reg Varney). Copyright: Studio Canal. Mutiny On The Buses Film Second spin-off from the popular sitcom. Stan wants to get married, but his family are not impressed by the idea.
Film Nearest And Dearest. Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. Nearest And Dearest Film Feature film spin-off from Granada's popular television sitcom Nearest And Dearest, about siblings Nellie and Eli Pledge running a pickle factory.
Film On The Buses. Image shows from L to R: Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis), Jack Harper (Bob Grant), Stan Butler (Reg Varney). Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. On The Buses Film Feature-length film spin-off from the popular 1970s sitcom. Stan and the rest of the lads are horrified when the company decides to hire women drivers.
Film The Lyons In Paris Film
Film The Ugly Duckling. Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. The Ugly Duckling Film Jekyll and Hyde-based spoof of their own horror productions, from Hammer Films.
Film That's Your Funeral. Image shows from L to R: Emmanuel Holroyd (Raymond Huntley), Basil Bulstrode (Bill Fraser), Percy (David Battley). Copyright: Hammer Film Productions. That's Your Funeral Film Feature film spin-off from sitcom That's Your Funeral.
Film The Anniversary Film

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
1974 Film Film Man About The House
1973 Film Film Holiday On The Buses
1973 Film Film Love Thy Neighbour
1972 Film Film Mutiny On The Buses
1972 Film Film That's Your Funeral
1971 Film Film On The Buses
1961 Film Film A Weekend With Lulu
1958 Film Film I Only Arsked!