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The Dresser ()


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An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

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Sir
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Norman
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Oxenby
Zena Walker ...
Her Ladyship
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Madge
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Frank Carrington
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Irene
Betty Marsden ...
Violet Manning
Sheila Reid ...
Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West ...
Geoffrey Thornton
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Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees ...
Horace Brown
Guy Manning ...
Benton
Anne Blackman ...
Beryl (as Anne Mannion)
Kevin Stoney ...
C. Rivers Lane
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Miss White
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Mr. Bottomley
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Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon ...
Charles
Christopher Irvin ...
Evelyn the Airman
Stuart Richman ...
Evelyn's Friend
Sandra Gough ...
Actress on Station
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Arthur
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Electrician
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Stallkeeper
Lori Wells ...
Barmaid
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Train Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Morse ...
Man at Station (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Yates

Written by

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Ronald Harwood ... (screenplay)
 
Ronald Harwood ... (based on a play by)

Produced by

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Nigel Wooll ... associate producer
Peter Yates ... producer
Ronald Harwood ... producer (uncredited)

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Kelvin Pike ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ray Lovejoy

Editorial Department

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Helen Eley ... second assistant editor
Gordon Stainforth ... assistant editor
Toby Yates ... editing trainee

Casting By

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Noel Davis

Production Design by

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

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Colin Grimes

Set Decoration by

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Josie MacAvin

Makeup Department

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Alan Boyle ... makeup artist
Alan Brownie ... makeup assistant
Barbara Ritchie ... hair stylist
Joan White ... hairdresser

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tony Aherne ... third assistant director
Andy Armstrong ... assistant director
Christopher Figg ... second assistant director
Asad Qureshi ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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John Chisholm ... property master
Geoff Langley ... construction manager
Terry Perks ... stand-by props
Jill Quertier ... property buyer
Rosalind Shingleton ... draughtsperson
Micky Swift ... stand-by props
Duncan Guest ... carpenter (uncredited)
Grahame Ménage ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Chandler ... boom operator
John Hayward ... dubbing mixer
Stephen Janisz ... assistant dubbing editor (as Steve Janisz)
David John ... sound mixer
Matthew Launay ... sound maintenance (as Matthew Launey)
Peter Pennell ... dubbing editor
Malcolm Davies ... additional sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Frank Batt ... camera grip
Gordon Gowing ... best boy
Dewi Humphreys ... camera operator
Paul Kenward ... camera assistant
Barry Peake ... still photographer
Peter Robinson ... camera focus
Freddie Webster ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Dorothy Andrew ... crowd casting (as Dorothy Andrews)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rosemary Burrows ... wardrobe supervisor
Eve Faloon ... wardrobe assistant
Ken Lawton ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Michael John Knatchbull ... location manager (as Michael-John Knatchbull)

Music Department

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James Horner ... conductor
Eric Tomlinson ... music recording engineer
London Symphony Orchestra ... musicians: score performed by (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Garry Clark ... unit driver

Other crew

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Virginia Ashton ... secretary to producer
Simon Finney ... unit runner
Carl S. Griffin ... assistant accountant (as Carl Griffin)
Joy Helman ... publicist
Jak King ... production accountant
Rosalie King ... assistant accountant
Rachel Neale ... production assistant
Caroline Sax ... continuity
John Chambers ... finance executive (uncredited)

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Paul Andrews ... the producers would also like to thank The Alhambra Theatre Manager for their assistance during the making of this picture
Fred Wade ... the producers would also like to thank the stage crew under the supervision of, for their assistance during the making of this picture
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis. Written by xenophil

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Also Known As
  • L'habilleur (France)
  • La sombra del actor (Spain)
  • El vestidor (Argentina)
  • Påklederen (Norway)
  • Garderobiér (Slovakia)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Ronald Harwood based his play "The Dresser", and this film's subsequent screenplay, on the the biography "Sir Donald Wolfit CBE: His life and work in the Unfashionable Theatre", and on his own experiences as an actor and dresser for renowned Shakespearian actor Donald Wolfit. Harwood's repertory ensemble, Shakespeare Company, frequently performed Shakespeare's plays, and Harwood was Wolfit's dresser between 1953 and 1958. See more »
Goofs After Sir and Norman leave the marketplace, they're passed by a Routemaster bus. These buses were first used in London in 1954, and weren't used outside London until the 1970's. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks (We're Going To Hang Out) The Washing the Siegfried Line See more »
Quotes Sir: The critics? No, I have nothing but compassion for them. How can I hate the crippled, the mentally deficient, and the dead?
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