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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katya Wyeth ... (uncredited)

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
 
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96 min | UK:100 min
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Elizabeth Taylor was shooting The Only Game in Town (1970) at the same time as this film was in production. While that film is set in Las Vegas, Taylor demanded that director George Stevens shoot in France so she could be close to her husband, Richard Burton, who was filming Staircase (1969) with director Stanley Donen. This caused the budget of The Only Game in Town (1970) to grow higher than most large-scale, high-profile films that Fox was producing at the time. Ironically, the production of Staircase (1969) was moved to France to save money.See more »
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Charles Dyer:Oh, she IS frail today.See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"God help us all...and Oscar Wilde.", 25 June 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Playful, occasionally moving, often funny comedy about a gay hair-stylist and his lover/business partner living in London, an aging couple going on 30 years together, who each jab at the others' ego like two bitchy woodpeckers--but who consistently lean on each other (and feed off each other) like two halves of the same person. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison were reportedly unhappy making this film, and perhaps were only present for their large-for-1969 salaries, but they actually get a rhythm going that is rather infectious. Charles Dyer adapted his own "intimate" British play--and was probably reeling once his quaint, humble material got blown up on the big screen with major stars--yet his theatrical and literary pretensions are worked out charmingly, and some of his lines get big laughs. There are times when Burton seems more apt to go the distance personally with his character than Harrison is; then, in the very next scene, they flip and it's Harrison who takes off. The "plot" doesn't amount to much (Harrison's Charlie must attend court after being caught in lascivious garb at the same moment his estranged daughter is planning a visit), but to director Stanley Donen's credit the focus of the piece seldom wavers--we never even meet the daughter, which in this case is a blessing. The gay text is not handled madly or foolishly; Donen pairs the scenes down to quick, efficient little episodes, and this keeps the pacing brisk and gives the lead performances a nice edge (we never tire of them). Much ballyhoo was made over two heterosexual stars "camping it up" on screen, but I saw very little swishing. Dyer gets a few dramatic moments perfectly right, and he's written some good lines (such as when Harrison tells Burton, "I need someone new now and then"). The finer sequences are not trampled on by Donen, nor by his editor. "Staircase" is pithy and beguiling and should resonate with audiences who don't mind a tentative mix of sassy humor, self-pity, impatient wisecracks, and a tearing down of vanity. **1/2 from ****

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