Cemetry gates inspiration ?

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    ALLIE WALLS Junior Member

    Jun 25, 2006
    Way back in 1969 a TV comedy series began with an episode called THE EARLY SHIFT. That show was called
    On The Buses.
    It was about the life of a driver and his conductor working on the No.11 bus that ran to the CEMETERY GATES. They were employed by Luxton and District Bus Depot and answerable to an Inspector who was the bain of their lives.
    The series was created and written by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney The main cast were the happy go lucky bus driver Stan (Reg Varney). Stan's best pal, the lecherous conductor Jack (Bob Grant) and Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis).
    Driver Stan lived at home with sister the delectable Olive (Anna Karen) and her lay-about husband Arthur (Michael Robbins) plus of course dear old Mum. (Cicely Courtniedge) series 1, (Doris Hare) from series 2 onwards.
    The series followed the exploits of Stan and Jacks lives. Their day to day living, how they dealt with authority and of course the all important job of chasing the opposite sex known as 'Birds'.
    The cast won the ITV personality of the year in 1970. By 1971 the show was a firm favorite across the nation and was watched globally by audiences of 22 million.

    The series was to reflect the lives of the working classes of the time and this was part of the formula for its success. The show ended up being exported to 38 countries around the world and is still being given re-runs on TV to this day.
    There were also 3 spin of feature films from the series: - 'On The Buses', 'Mutiny On The Buses' and 'Holiday On The Buses.'
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  2. Famous when dead

    Famous when dead Vulgarian Moderator

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  3. Anonymous

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    • In the third verse, Morrissey calls out his friend for plagiarizing a modified line from Shakespeare's Richard III, "'Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn." He scolds: "If you must write prose or poems, the words you use should be your own."

      Perhaps in an ironic twist, Morrissey's own lyrics were lifted from the 1942 comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner. He sings:

      All those people, all those lives
      Where are they now?
      With loves, and hates
      And passions just like mine
      They were born
      And then they lived
      And then they died
      It seems so unfair
      I want to cry

      In the movie, Ann Sheridan plays a shallow, temperamental actress who envisions a dramatic
      scene for herself when a sarcophagus is delivered to the house (it's all a trick to get her inside so the rest of the cast can ship her out of town).

      She says: "You know, the first time I went to Pompeii I cried all night. All those people, all those lives. Where are they now? Here is a woman like myself, a woman who once lived and loved, full of the same passions, fears, jealousies, hates. What remains of it now? Just this, nothing more. [gets inside sarcophagus] A span of 4,000 years, a mere atom in the attentive time. And here am I, another woman living out her life. I want to cry."

      Incidentally, one of Morrissey's pseudonyms, Sheridan Whiteside, was inspired by one of the main characters in the film, played by Monty Woolley.

      More here: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-smiths/cemetry-gates
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  4. gordyboy9

    gordyboy9 big member.

    Jul 22, 2008
    iv seen that many times on stans bus,its on itv 3 every morning.iv always thought of M watching this and was it the inspitation for the song.sad to think only anna karen is left from that great cast,least reg varney will be remembered for being the first person to use a cashline,he took out ten quid.
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