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Steptoe and Son Ride Again

Forget all that film school rubbish about The Godfather: Part II being the best example of a sequel better than its predecessor (you must unlearn what you have learned, as someone once said), this is it here. The first Steptoe movie was good enough in itself but foundered as it fell headlong into the trap of relocating a portion of the action abroad (see Holiday On The Buses) but Ride Again remains resolutely at home in Shepherd’s Bush refusing to go anywhere further afield than White city, Acton Park or Southall Market. So, okay, it’s a bit episodic. But when the episodes involve Diana Dors, Milo O’Shea and Sam Kydd, that’s a strength not a weakness. And, as a bonus, we might point out to those of you not quick enough to notice that when Harold gets into the lift at the start there’s some writing on the wall which reads ‘Johnnie Jay the Odeon groper’ which is the best graffiti seen in any film ever.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    The line everyone remembers – “I told you, he’s a wanker!”

  2. Ian W.

    June 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Holiday On The Buses doesn’t relocate abroad. It’s at a Butlins/Pontins type holiday camp. But you knew that.

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