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Not So Dusty (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | February 1956 (UK)
Comedy. Two dustmen come into possession of a valuable book but the donor's sister wants it back. Starring Bill Owen and Leslie Dryer with Joy Nicols.


Maclean Rogers (uncredited)


Wally Patch (play), Frank Atkinson (play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Owen ... Dusty
Joy Nichols Joy Nichols ... Lobelia
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Nobby
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Driver
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Clarke
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Agatha
Bill Shine ... Alistair
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Cobb
Roddy Hughes ... Layton
Totti Truman Taylor ... Miss Duncan (as Totti Truman-Taylor)
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Porter
William Simons ... Derek
Diana Chapman Diana Chapman ... Receptionist
Scott Sanders Scott Sanders ... 1st Actor
Michael McKeag Michael McKeag ... 2nd Actor


Comedy. Two dustmen come into possession of a valuable book but the donor's sister wants it back. Starring Bill Owen and Leslie Dryer with Joy Nicols.

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Release Date:

February 1956 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaywell See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dusty Grey: I bet he was brought up at Eton!
Nobby Clark: You mean eaten and brought up, don't you?
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Remake of Not So Dusty (1936) See more »


Music by Ronald Hill
Lyrics by Bill Owen
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Working class laughs
24 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

NOT SO DUSTY is written and directed by the hard-working Maclean Rogers, who seemed to single-handedly prop up British B-movie cinema back in the 1950s. It's a remake of a '30s comedy about the escapades of a couple of unlucky bin men who come into possession of a rare book and subsequently are involved in plotting by various characters each attempting to win it for themselves.

Needless to say that the laughs are broad and dated in this film, with lots of humour that would be considered tired and predictable by modern viewers. Saying that, the naturalness of the jokes feels effortless in places and the good cast do very well at bringing their caricatures to life. Bill Owen in particular seems to be channelling the spirit of Compo in an early turn while Leslie Dwyer is ever impressive. The supporting cast includes plenty of familiar faces such as Dandy Nichols, Wally Patch and Roddy Hughes from the TOFF films, and child actor William Simons, later to become a mainstay of British TV for his role in HEARTBEAT.

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