5.4/10
701
30 user 15 critic

Staircase (1969)

Charles Dyer (Sir Rex Harrison) and Harry Leeds (Richard Burton) are a couple that have been living together for nearly twenty years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Charles Dyer (screenplay), Charles Dyer (play)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Paris Blues (1961)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Howard
Stars: Glenn Close, David Hyde Pierce, Cynthia Nixon
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Victor Fabian is a musical genius whose eccentricities are kept in check by his wife, until she discovers him "auditioning" a sultry young pianist. She walks out on him and his career ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Yul Brynner, Kay Kendall, Geoffrey Toone
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gangster is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant. He becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold
The Ritz (1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On his deathbed, Carmine Vespucci's mobster father tells him to "get Proclo" - Carmine's brother-in-law Gaetano. With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man brings his devoted pet with him when he is drafted into the army. The pet happens to be an adult lion, named Fearless Fagan. Based on a true story.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter, Keenan Wynn
Drama | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco
Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven
Ransom! (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Stannards' son is kidnapped for ransom. Plot centres around Ford's (the father) efforts to find him.

Director: Alex Segal
Stars: Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, Leslie Nielsen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Charlie Dyer
Richard Burton ... Harry Leeds
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann ... Charlie's Mother
Stephen Lewis ... Jack
Neil Wilson ... Policeman
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Postman
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Miss Ricard
Shelagh Fraser ... Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ... Matron
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Nurse
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Gravedigger
Jake Kavanagh Jake Kavanagh ... Choirboy
Michael Rogers Michael Rogers ... Drag Singer (as Rogers)
Royston Starr Royston Starr ... Drag Singer (as Starr)
Edit

Storyline

Charles Dyer (Sir Rex Harrison) and Harry Leeds (Richard Burton) are a couple that have been living together for nearly twenty years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their mothers, but not each other as time apart takes its toll on their relationship when Harry has to care for his invalid mother who snips at him every chance she gets.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What Makes a Man Live With Another? What Makes Them Claw at Each Other...Humiliate Each Other...Yet Never Leave Each Other? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'escalier See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,370,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stanley Donen Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A critical and financial disaster at the box-office for Twentieth Century Fox. According to studio records, ten million six hundred seventy-five thousand dollars in rentals was required to just break even, but only about one-fifth of that amount was realized. See more »

Quotes

Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry: Charlie, look! Charlie, look! They're making love, they're making love!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are repeated over and over, getting smaller at the top of the screen to give the image of a staircase. See more »

Connections

Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Staircase (instrumental)
(uncredited)
Written by Dudley Moore and Stanley Donen
[An instrumental version plays during the opening title and credits]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"God help us all...and Oscar Wilde."
25 June 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Playful, occasionally moving, often funny comedy about a gay hairstylist 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, but they do manage to 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 ****


17 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed