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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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Farcical fun.
26 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Dry Rot has its funny moments, but the trouble is it just seemed to go on forever, perhaps the gags got a little laboured towards the end of the film, but it still contains a few laughs. Only in it for a small part, but Peggy Mount makes a hilarious Policewoman, in the commanding, domineering battleaxe manner that served her so well. The principle leads are ok, Sid's perhaps the best of the trio, for my money he had more charisma and a better eye for comedy then the other two. Joan Sims is so likeable as hapless housekeeper Beth, but I suppose there were only so many trays she could drop. The script is really good, plenty of slapstick, feels like a grounding for the earliest Carry on films.

It's not a film I'd rush to watch again soon, but I liked it. Cheered me up, 7/10


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