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Charles Dyer (screenplay)
Charles Dyer (play)
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Release Date:
20 August 1969 (USA) See more »
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Can this marriage last? See more »
Plot:
Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rex Harrison ... Charles Dyer

Richard Burton ... 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 ... Choirboy
Dermot Kelly ... Gravedigger
Gordon Heath ... Postman
Avril Angers ... Miss Ricard
Neil Wilson ... Policeman
Shelagh Fraser ... Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ... Matron
Pat Heywood ... Nurse
Stephen Lewis ... Jack
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Katya Wyeth ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Charles Dyer (screenplay)

Charles Dyer (play "Staircase")

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dudley Moore 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Willy Holt 
 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Burton
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist: Mr. Harrison
Alain Folgoas .... special makeup effects assistant: Mr Burton (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marc Maurette .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Grunebaum .... assistant director
Pierre Roubaud .... assistant director
Bernard Stora .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound mixer
Kenout Peltier .... dubbing editor
Alex Pront .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator (as Frederick Cooper)
Roy Larner .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jacques Mironneau .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clare Rendlesham .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Arthur Carroll .... production executive
 
Crew believed to be complete


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96 min | UK:100 min
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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 »
Quotes:
Charles Dyer:I feel like a whore at a choir boy's orgy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
StaircaseSee more »

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Why Was This Movie Ever Made?, 3 July 2007
Author: jenkins-21 from Ohio

Finally caught this curio the other night on TCM. What a dreadful, depressing mess. I know it was a play, but what were the producers thinking? That anyone would flock to this depressing, repetitive bitchfest? Worth seeing only for the curiosity factor of Rex Harrison and Richard Burton playing 2 middle aged queens living together and hating each other in some London slum (though filmed in Paris) There is not one witty line or any sense of affection or reason why these 2 bitter losers stayed together for so long. The film goes nowhere. Nothing but arguments and constant bickering. Harrison gets a court notice for doing drag, but the movie ends before they ever get to court. A meeting with his adult daughter is brought up, but that plot point is dropped also. Burton does bring some dignity to his role and I think came off better than Harrison. The low point comes when Harrison picks up and brings home some ugly, aging prostitute. Kudos to Kathleen Nesbitt who scores in a degrading part as Burton's bedridden mother. Hard to believe Stanly Donen directed this bore. This has to be the nadir of his career. Any young gay person seeing this in 1969 would've been driven to thoughts of suicide (this is what's in store for me?) had they taken this story seriously. Thankfully few people paid to see it. Giving it a three, only because of the weird casting. Good luck if you can sit through it till the end!

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