Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) Movie Review

Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett in Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)

Steptoe's Grave Departure

Things are typically not going well for Harold (Harry H. Corbett - Silver Dream Racer) as not only does he have to deal with his dad, Albert (Wilfrid Brambell - A Hard Day's Night), but an encounter with a horny housewife (Diana Dors) sees him accidentally ending up with his horse on the back of a removal van heading to York and a 3 day trek home. With the horse injured and out of action Harold decides to invest his father's hidden savings in a greyhound which turns out to be blind and unable to see the hare. And things get worse when they end up in debt to the Shepard's Bush Mafia and in order to pay it off Albert has to pretend to be dead so they can cash in on his life insurance.

So after Albert had wrecked Harold's marriage in the first "Steptoe and Son" movie we return and this time the father and son are dong a good enough job of wrecking their own lives in this follow up farce. And "Steptoe and Son Ride Again" is one 99 minute farce as one mistake follows another when it comes to Harold as he buys a blind greyhound which he tries to train. Meanwhile whilst Harold finds himself in a comedy of errors Albert is up to his usual craftiness as he tries to steal chickens and even pigeons from his bird fancying neighbour.

The thing is that whilst both Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett play their parts brilliantly the storyline in "Steptoe and Son Ride Again" is weak and before you are even half way through the movie starts to grow weaker because of its reliance solely of Brambell and Corbett to keep the comedy of errors going.

What this all boils down to is that even though the characters of Albert and Harold are still good fun "Steptoe and Son Ride Again" struggles because it ends up drawn out and in need of more characters to provide some variation.

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