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Dry Rot (1956)

A trio of not particularly bright bookmakers tries to fix a horse race.

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

John T. Chapman (play) (as John Roy Chapman), John T. Chapman (screenplay) (as John Roy Chapman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Alf Tubbe
Brian Rix ... Fred Phipps
Sidney James ... Flash Harry
Peggy Mount ... Sergeant Fire
Christian Duvaleix Christian Duvaleix ... Polignac
Michael Shepley ... Colonel Wagstaff
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Mrs. Wagstaff
Heather Sears ... Susan
Lee Patterson ... Danby
Miles Malleson ... Yokel
Joan Sims ... Beth
John T. Chapman John T. Chapman ... Claude (as John Chapman)
Joan Benham ... Blonde
Raymond Glendenning Raymond Glendenning ... Commentator
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Bookie
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A trio of not particularly bright bookmakers tries to fix a horse race.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vedonlyöjät vauhdissa See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Beth: What's your name?
Fred Phipps: Fred Phipps, what's yours?
Beth: Beth Barton.
Fred Phipps: Beg pardon?
Beth: No, Beth Barton.
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Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Stuart
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Anno Domini has given me a Humour Bypass
21 February 2011 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

My sense of humour must have changed quite a radically since I was 9 years old when I first saw this farce on stage at the Whitehall theater with my late parents with (if I can remember back 56 years ago), Leo Franklin in the part of Sid James.Yes, Brian Rix was in the cast and yes he lost his trousers in good old farce style.In fact I cannot think of Brian Rix in another dramatic role when il ne perdu pas ses pantalons!So After 55 years I bought this film out of curiosity to find out whether I would find any humour still existing in 2011.The answer was only mild echoes from my youth.We had very primitive humour before they were sharpened on Monty Python, Blackadder, satire and modern fearless stand up comedy from the likes of Ben Elton, Bernard Manning et all.

What I did find of interest was seeing Lee Paterson whose most famous role was as Group Capt.Turner, the Canadian fighter pilot from the film "Reach for the Sky" (1956) starring Kenneth More and Heather Sears as "Susan" in "Room at the Top" starring Lawrence Harvey.Sid was Sid James and Ronald Shiner played his usual ignorant cockney role.

Obviously the film has outside location scenes not possible in a theatre production especially shots of Sandown Park racecourse.Had I written this review when I was 9, I would have scored it 8/10 but now alas, I rated it only 5/10 as the humour seemed very primitive to my aging eyes.


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