Part bawdy peek-a-boo romp, part kitchen-sink drama, this box-office hit features then-rising star Victor Henry as Ginger, a twenty-year-old window cleaner whose womanising is curtailed when he finds himself falling in love for the first time.
Ginger shares most things in life with his friend, Dwyer – including girls. Then, he sees the beautiful Jill (“all neat in black stockings”) in a south London pub. Her obvious innocence moves him, and he feels unable to make his usual approach. He realises that she is not only desirable but also something very special.
Also starring that icon of Swinging Sixties sex appeal Susan George, All Neat in Black Stockings‘ bold interlacing of sexual adventure, humour and tender love story instantly caught audiences’ imaginations, its evocation of London’s dingy back-street pubs and dubious characters marking it out as a cult classic.
The film featured the pairing of TV playwright Hugh Whitemore (who was so prolific he was nicknamed “Hugh Writemore”) and director Christopher Morahan (who would later produce TV’s Jewel in the Crown).
At least they went on to better things. But as randy window cleaner Ginger, Victor Henry got no higher up the ladder.
Terence de Marney