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Complete credited cast:
Charles Dyer
Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Charlie's Mother
Michael Rogers ...
Drag Singer
Royston Starr ...
Drag Singer
Jake Kavanagh ...
Dermot Kelly ...
Gordon Heath ...
Avril Angers ...
Miss Ricard
Neil Wilson ...
Shelagh Fraser ...
Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ...
Pat Heywood ...
Stephen Lewis ...


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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20 August 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'escalier  »

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On-screen credits photographically juggle names of Richard Burton and Rex Harrison so quickly it is nearly (and deliberately) impossible to figure out who is top-billed star without benefit of home video freeze frame. See more »


Charles Dyer: I feel like a whore at a choir boy's orgy.
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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 »


Featured in Homo Promo (1993) See more »


Written by Dudley Moore and Stanley Donen
Performed by Michael Rogers and Royston Starr
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Interesting pairing of Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as lovers
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it opened in 1969. It did not do well at all,for obvious reasons, it was pretty "out there" for the time. There is this very interesting and off beat opening with two drag queens singing a song titled "staircase." The story, as I remember it, is about two older gay men who are lovers and own a barber shop. Richard Burton is quiet and sensitive and Rex Harrison is loud and insensitive.

A perfect pairing that reflects what so many relationships are about, opposites attract. There is a real caring warmth between these two older men, even with the philandering of one.

It's a small movie that really evokes life in the late 60s. Donen creates a very realistic, very British, middle class environment for his characters. The added twist is that this is a very moving story about two men who have been together as lovers and partners for many years.

One of a only few films dealing with men in a homosexual relationship that rings true and captures the reality of such a union.

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