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Upstairs and Downstairs (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 November 1959 (Sweden)
When a young man marries the bosses daughter, the young couple must now do the company entertaining. But it isn't easy getting good help, as they go through a procession of strange and stranger servants.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Frank Harvey, Ronald Scott Thorn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Richard Barry
Anne Heywood ... Mrs. Kate Barry
Mylène Demongeot ... Ingrid (as Myléne Demongeot)
James Robertson Justice ... Mansfield
Claudia Cardinale ... Maria
Sidney James ... P.C. Edwards
Joan Hickson ... Rosemary
Joan Sims ... Blodwen
Joseph Tomelty ... Arthur Farringdon
Nora Nicholson ... Edith Farringdon
Daniel Massey ... Wesley Cotes
Austin Willis ... McGuffey
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. McGuffey
Reginald Beckwith ... Parson
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Guard
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Storyline

On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank robbers, a Welsh lass who takes one look at London and runs, and an Italian charmer who turns the place into a bawdy house. Then when Ingrid arrives from Sweden things actually start to get complicated. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Babysitter With the French Touch - M-M-M Mylene Demongeot See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Joan Hickson plays her part as Grayson Perry. See more »

Quotes

McGuffey: [dinner table conversation about church activity] Actually I have been to Los Angeles once, and that only for a few days on business. Well, Hollywood in the west and New York in the east are just not typical.
Mrs. McGuffey: Now, Alvin, you must admit that they are fun.
McGuffey: I am talking about religion, Ellen. And that has nothing to do with fun.
Mrs. McGuffey: [apologetically] Yes, you are so right, Alvin.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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Something For Everyone
12 February 2007 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

When a young couple marry, the father of the bride hires a maid to look after them. Proving completely unsuitable, the couple embark on a series of hilarious attempts to find a replacement.

A curious film this, rather subversive (for 1959), episodic in feel and strangely (but effectively) mixing farce with poignancy. The leads are attractive, but the show is repeatedly stolen by a brilliant supporting cast. From Hickson's hysterically funny turn as the inebriated, dog-owning housekeeper Rosemary (her drunken ascending of the stairs is a delight) to Demongeot's joyously natural performance as Ingrid, the entire production is hugely entertaining and barking mad!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 November 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Upstairs and Downstairs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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