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Keep It Up Downstairs (1976)

With everyone - masters, mistresses, servants - endlessly bedding everyone else it is no wonder Cockshute Castle is bankrupt. A marriage of convenience for the son or daughter of the house ... See full summary »

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Peregrine Cockshute
Mark Singleton ...
Lord Cockshute
Sue Longhurst ...
Lady Cockshute
Olivia Munday ...
Lady Kitty Cockshute
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Daisy Dureneck
John Blythe ...
Francis Dureneck
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Betsy Ann Dureneck
William Rushton ...
Snotty Shuttleworth
Peter Halliday ...
P.C. Harbottle / Old Harbottle
Craig Marriott ...
Newsboy
Julian Orchard ...
Bishop
Aimi MacDonald ...
Christabelle St. Clair (as Aimi Macdonald)
Carmen Silvera ...
Lady Bottomley
Nigel Pegram ...
Count Von Schilling
April Olrich ...
Duchess
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With everyone - masters, mistresses, servants - endlessly bedding everyone else it is no wonder Cockshute Castle is bankrupt. A marriage of convenience for the son or daughter of the house with someone wealthy is called for, unless the son's newly invented thin india rubber membrane has some use. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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What the butler did...and did...and did!

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29 July 1976 (UK)  »

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El decapendón  »

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The name of the gamekeeper, Mellons, is an obvious nod to Mellors in "Lady Chatterley's Lover". See more »

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Spoofs Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) See more »

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Rough Riders
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Music by Felix Burns
Arranged by Michael Nyman
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Good to look at, needed a better script
9 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Excellent production values including gorgeous period costumes - it is set in 1904 - and Alan Pudney's soft-focus photography of the exteriors and rooms of Knebworth House, mark this 'Upstairs Downstairs' spoof out as an above average entry in the 1970's Brit sex comedy stakes. Unfortunately producer Hazel Adair rather let herself down with her screenplay, with its surfeit of cringe-worthy puns, obsession with phallic imagery and general sniggering approach that typified the genre.

Most of the cast play with relish, with reliable character actor Neil Hallet having his finest hour as Hampton, Lord Cockshute's indispensable butler whose hands-on style is especially popular with Lady C. played by the stunning Sue Longhurst. Looking exquisite throughout, she's given a chance to really act and has some of the best lines. Along with Hallet she is the real star though placed half way down the cast list to accommodate the household names. Seventies icon Mary Millington looking sweet as Polly the maid and the under-used Olivia Munday as Lady Kitty provide more glamour and apparently took part in more explicit scenes for export versions. But Jack Wild, at 23 his career already in decline is pretty dire and Willie Rushton was no actor.

It's mostly well directed apart from the inevitable farcical scene of bedroom assignations, here combined with a fake robbery, that falls completely flat. Amazing that the BBFC considers some fleeting partial nudity and a few seconds of let's-pretend sex, still qualifies this for an '18' certificate; it should be of interest to a wider audience than usual for a film of this type.


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