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Staircase (1969)

Prissy, brow-beaten failed actor Harry Leeds (Richard Burton) has run a Brixton barbershop with preening, mincing, bitching partner Charlie Dyer (Rex Harrison) for 30 years.

Harry has recently been afflicted with alopecia and can’t bear to leave his bald head unwrapped, so constantly wears a turban.

Despite having the odd limp-wristed dance around the chairs, the pair don’t have a very nice time, partly because Charlie is due up in court on a transvestism charge, and it’s making him fractious, but mostly because Harry’s shrewish grouching old hag-bag mother (Cathleen Nesbitt) lives upstairs being depressingly sick, waiting to die, and sniping at him every chance she gets.

Charlie Dyer
Rex Harrison
Harry Leeds
Richard Burton
Harry’s Mother
Cathleen Nesbitt
Charlie’s Mother
Beatrix Lehmann
Jack
Stephen Lewis
Policeman
Neil Wilson
Postman
Gordon Heath
Miss Ricard
Avril Angers
Cub Mistress
Shelagh Fraser
Matron
Gwen Nelson
Nurse
Pat Heywood
Gravedigger
Dermot Kelly
Choirboy
Jake Kavanagh
Drag Singers
Michael Rogers
Royston Starr

Director
Stanley Donen