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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)
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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)
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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.

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Trivia

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was shooting The Only Game in Town (1970) at the same time as this movie was in production. While that movie is set in Las Vegas, Taylor demanded that director George Stevens shoot in France so she could be close to her husband, Richard Burton, who was filming this movie with director Stanley Donen. This caused the budget of The Only Game in Town (1970) to grow higher than most large-scale, high-profile movies that Fox was producing at the time. Ironically, the production of this movie was moved to France to save money because of the U.K.'s high tax rates at the time. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Charles Dyer: God help us all and Oscar Wilde!
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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 »


Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
[Incorrectly credited as 'Traditional hymn']
Performed by Jake Kavanagh & Dermot Kelly
[The choirboy and the gravedigger sing the hymn while Harry is at the churchyard]
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It is a joy to watch!
24 March 2000 | by NeverLiftSee all my reviews

I don't know what movie the other reviewers were watching, or why they are so bitter. I agree completely with the contemporaneous reviews, which praised the movie highly. Two fine actors spend the entire movie, out of their normal characters, showing off to each other and producing a gem as a result. The contrast between Burton's prissy old woman and Harrison's aging swish -- that so embarrassed the Burton character -- was wonderfully portrayed. Yet they managed to demonstrate that querulous yet enduring relationship that often results between an aging couple that experience each other's foibles, constantly express annoyance at them, and yet have too much basic affection to part. This is a marvelous movie, and I regret that I can't find it on video to share with others.

Maybe it's that I'm not gay that allows me to appreciate the fine craft it exhibits, since it doesn't threaten me personally.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Staircase See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$6,370,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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