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Staircase (1969)

Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Charles Dyer (screenplay), Charles Dyer (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Charlie Dyer
Richard Burton ... Harry Leeds
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann ... Charlie's Mother
Stephen Lewis ... Jack
Neil Wilson ... Policeman
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Postman
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Miss Ricard
Shelagh Fraser ... Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ... Matron
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Nurse
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Gravedigger
Jake Kavanagh Jake Kavanagh ... Choirboy
Michael Rogers Michael Rogers ... Drag Singer (as Rogers)
Royston Starr Royston Starr ... Drag Singer (as Starr)
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Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their mothers, but not each other as time apart takes its toll on their relationship when Harry has to care for his invalid mother who snips at him every chance she gets. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'escalier See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A critical and financial disaster at the box office. See more »

Quotes

Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry: Charlie, look! Charlie, look! They're making love, they're making love!
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Crazy Credits

The credits are repeated over and over, getting smaller at the top of the screen to give the image of a staircase. See more »


Soundtracks

Staircase
(uncredited)
Written by Dudley Moore and Stanley Donen
Performed by Michael Rogers and Royston Starr (as Rogers & Starr)
[The drag performers perform the song prior to the opening title and credits, and again during the end credits]
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It is a joy to watch!
24 March 2000 | by NeverLiftSee all my reviews

I don't know what movie the other reviewers were watching, or why they are so bitter. I agree completely with the contemporaneous reviews, which praised the movie highly. Two fine actors spend the entire movie, out of their normal characters, showing off to each other and producing a gem as a result. The contrast between Burton's prissy old woman and Harrison's aging swish -- that so embarrassed the Burton character -- was wonderfully portrayed. Yet they managed to demonstrate that querulous yet enduring relationship that often results between an aging couple that experience each other's foibles, constantly express annoyance at them, and yet have too much basic affection to part. This is a marvelous movie, and I regret that I can't find it on video to share with others.

Maybe it's that I'm not gay that allows me to appreciate the fine craft it exhibits, since it doesn't threaten me personally.


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