April 20, 2014

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Confessions of a Window Cleaner – 1974 | 90 mins | Comedy | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

Confessions of a Window Cleaner

Sub ‘Carry On’ sex comedy based on the bestselling novel by Timothy Lea; in reality the author didn’t exist. Confessions of a Window Cleaner’s real author was Christopher Wood, a Cambridge law graduate and ex-advertising executive who was later to pen a further 18 novels in the series. Window Cleaner heralded the first of four saucy comedies based on the sexual misadventures of likely lad Timothy Lea. Produced on a budget of just £150,000 by Columbia Pictures, the recruitment of veteran director Val Guest, fresh from filming the Au Pair Girls, was seen as something of a coup and boost for the project. Guest, who had previously directed such classics as The Quatermass Experiment and The Day the Earth Caught Fire reaches a career low here and his bland direction perhaps conveys his ambivalence towards the story.

The lead role of autobiographical naÔve window cleaner Timothy Lea was turned down by Dennis Waterman, Richard Beckinsale, Richard O’Sullivan and Nicky Henson, but blonde-haired 23-year-old actor Robin Askwith, who had previously appeared in two low-brow Pete Walker films, accepted the role. Support came from Till Death Us Do Part duo Dandy Nichols and Anthony Booth, and acting stalwarts including John Le Mesurier, Joan Hickson, Richard Wattis and Bill Maynard gave the film greater appeal. Four curvaceous veterans of Hammer horrors, Linda Hayden, Katya Wyeth, Judy Matheson and Melissa Stribling, are among the girls.

Novice lover and window-cleaner Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith) is instructed by his shiftless brother-in-law, Sid (Anthony Booth), that a window cleaner is expected to service more than the windows of his bored housewife clients. Having been initiated in sexual matters in a sea of soap suds by one of his lady customers, Timothy frequently finds himself practicing his newly-found sexual prowess on the window cleaning clients of Clapham, south London. Meanwhile, Tim is dating pretty policewoman Elizabeth (Linda Hayden), but when she rebuffs his more amorous advances, Timmy unintentionally proposes marriage. The wedding day doesnít go entirely to plan as Timmy is knocked unconscious and driven away in a removal van, but Sid is on hand to comfort the bride on her wedding night!

Production Team

Val Guest: Director
Robert Jones: Art Direction
Norman Warwick: Cinematography
Masada Wilmot: Costume and Wardrobe Departmen
Bill Lenny: Film Editing
Tony Sforzini: Makeup Department
Patricia McDermott: Makeup Department
Sam Sklair: Music Department
Sam Sklair: Original Music
Greg Smith: Producer
Christopher Wood: Script
Val Guest: Script
Laurie Clarkson: Sound Department
Tony Lenny: Sound Department

Cast

Robin Askwith: Timothy Lea
Anthony Booth: Sidney Noggett
Sheila White: Rosie Noggett
Dandy Nichols: Mrs Lea
Bill Maynard: Mr Lea
Linda Hayden: Elizabeth Radlett
John Le Mesurier: Inspector Radlett
Joan Hickson: Mrs Radlett
Katya Wyeth: Carole
Richard Wattis: Carole\’s Father
Sam Kydd: 1st Removal Man
Brian Hall: 2nd Removal Man
Marianne Stone: Woman in Cinema



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