Three Men in a Boat

Synopsis: One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very thing, or so their doctors tell them. So, after debating the merits of hotel or camp beds and what to pack, they set off on their voyage - a trip up the Thames from Henley to Oxford - but very quickly find themselves ill-equipped for the trials of riverbank life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
64 min

two hampers and the big roll of rugs

and some overcoats and mackintoshes

and a melon by itself in a bag

and a Japanese umbrella

and a frying pan which wouldn't

go in anywhere and Montmorency

arrived on our way

to the Kingston train.

The 11:
05 for Kingston?

05 for Kingston? Number 2, sir.

Number 2? That's the Windsor Loop.

You want Number 1, sir.

Number 1 is the Reigate Stopping,

so I hear.

- The 11:
05 for Kingston?

- Oh, yes, indeed.

Well, I was just talking to a man

who said he'd seen it on Number 3.

He was almost positive about that.

Otherwise, there's a body of opinion

which leans toward the eye-level

platform for the Kingston train.

Though, in my opinion, sir,

that is the Southampton Express.

- They don't know, sir. You follow me.

- Thank you.

Monty, come along.

I'm sorry to trouble you.

But are you the 11...


...the 11:
05 for Kingston?

Couldn't rightly say.

I might be and then again

I might not be.

If I'm not, I'm the 9:32

for Virginia Water,

or the Guilford local.

Could you please be

the 11:
05 for Kingston?

Well, some train's

got to go to Kingston, innit?

Thank you very kindly, sir.

05 to Kingston it is.

Thank you very much.

This is the Exeter mail, apparently.

Well, it might be.

Then again, it might not.


And so the railway system

which has made England the envy

of the world brought us to Kingston.

And at 12... 00, with our luggage stowed

and Montmorency unhappy

and deeply suspicious in the prow,

out we rode onto the waters

which were to be our home.

We hoped up as far as Oxford,

though the possibilities for digression

along the Thames are infinite.

We had barely started

when Harris was minded to enquire

whether I'd ever been

to Hampton Court Maze.

- Ever been to Hampton Court Maze, J?

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Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome Klapka Jerome (2 May 1859 – 14 June 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat, and several other novels. more…

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