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All Neat in Black Stockings (1969)

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.

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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.

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Ginger
Victor Henry
Jill
Susan George
Dwyer
Jack Shepherd
Mother
Clare Kelly
Sis
Anna Cropper
Issur
Harry Towb
Carole
Vanessa Forsyth
Old Gunge
Terence de Marney
Babette
Jasmina Hamzavi
Vicar
John Woodnutt
Jocasta
Nita Lorraine

Director
Christopher Morahan