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Upstairs & Downstairs [Import]

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Richard Barrie (Michael Craig) and wife Kate (Anne Heywood) are a pair of newlyweds. Kate's father, and Richard's boss, Mansfield (James Robertson Justice) insists that the couple take on domestic help in order to continue entertaining his rich clients. Who would have thought that finding help would be so much fun! A man crazy Italian beauty, a stumbling alcoholic maid with sheepdog or even a retired elderly couple bent on robbing a local bank. The circus of a search continues until Swedish beauty Ingrid(Mylene Demongeot) enters the Barrie household. Her domestic abilities are spectacular and when Ingrid enters the party in her blue dress, well, let's just say that's when the fun really begins. Watch for appearances from Claudia Cardinale and Joan Hixson. Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: VCI Entertainment DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011 Run Time: 102 minutes

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors and VCI Entertainment presents "UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS" (1959) (102 min/Color) -- Starring Michael Craig, Anne Heywood, Mylène Demongeot, James Robertson Justice, Claudia Cardinale, Sid James, Joan Hickson & Rosemary Joan Sims

Directed by Ralph Thomas

This fun film has a realistic touch as we watch the frailties of human nature. Many hilarious scenes that will keep you in stitches, with some sadness thrown in.

The leads are competent, but the film is repeatedly stolen by a brilliant supporting cast. From Hickson's hysterically funny turn as the inebriated, dog-owning housekeeper Rosemary (her drunken ascending of the stairs is a delight) to Demongeot's joyously natural performance as Ingrid.

There is quite a collection of the "Carry On" gang so expect a lot of funny mayhem. Newlyweds Richard (Michael Craig) and Kate (Anne Heywood) are advised by her father (James Robertson Justice) to hire a servant and that's when the troubles begin. From tipster lady to a genteel duo of bank robbers, and others, they encounter some rather eccentric hired help, and the fun never stops.

Next enters Ingrid (Mylene Demongeot) is their next try at domestic help but she's far too pretty and smart to settle into that role for long. Mylene's character 'Ingrid' was the most interesting. Notice the way she drifts into the lives of the men around her and even the husbands -- the entire production is hugely entertaining and barking mad!

BIOS:
1. Ralph Thomas [Director]
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK

2.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful british romp from the old days June 7 2011
By Chuck Snow - Published on Amazon.com
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This film has nothing to do with the classic BBC series of the 70's. It deals instead with the vicissitudes of a young married couple trying to find a suitable maid, played by the handsome Michael Craig and the gorgeous Anne Heywood (before her later "art film" notoriety in the 60's). There are amusing turns by Joan Hickson as a slightly alcoholic maid with a large dog, Claudia Cardinale (before her international stardom and screen legend status), and the irresistible French comedienne, Mylene Demongeot (the one who steals, "Bonjour Tristesse" from David Niven and Deborah Kerr). These virtues alone are worth the price of this DVD. The production is handsome and beautifully photographed in Technicolor. The DVD format is widescreen and Anamorphic, so it looks great on a flat screen. Some of the goings on are predictable, some are not. James Robertson Justice is around again to add to the general hilarity. If you're looking for vulgarity and crassness, better look elsewhere. This movie belongs to more innocent times, therefore its charm.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done funny and touching British comedy. June 29 2011
By Morris G. Vescovi - Published on Amazon.com
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A young man marries the boss's daughter and finds out that one of their duties will be to entertain clients at their new home. Then comes the adventure of trying to find reliable domestic help. One girl uses their home to entertain the navy when the fleet is in and her employers are out, another one is an evening drunk, and an older couple they employ uses the home as a base to rob the bank next door. One woman they hire from Wales runs into so many disasters traveling to London, she feels it's a sign that the job is bad luck and she doesn't even get to the house. Finally they hire a young beautiful Swedish girl who is an answer to many of their problems but also causes other complications. Most of the film is very funny with somewhat low key British humor and is very good natured. The last part of the film changes and becomes more serious, which was a bit of a surprise. but is very touching.

A well done and very well acted British film that I am happy to have in my collection. It has that rare combination of great humor and at the end some good drama. Also, Anne Heywood and Mylene Demongeot are beautiful.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Upstairs & Downstairs (1959) ... Mylène Demongeot ... Ralph Thomas (Director) (2011)" April 29 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors and VCI Entertainment presents "UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS" (1959) (102 min/Color) -- Starring Michael Craig, Anne Heywood, Mylène Demongeot, James Robertson Justice, Claudia Cardinale, Sid James, Joan Hickson & Rosemary Joan Sims

Directed by Ralph Thomas

This fun film has a realistic touch as we watch the frailties of human nature. Many hilarious scenes that will keep you in stitches, with some sadness thrown in.

The leads are competent, but the film is repeatedly stolen by a brilliant supporting cast. From Hickson's hysterically funny turn as the inebriated, dog-owning housekeeper Rosemary (her drunken ascending of the stairs is a delight) to Demongeot's joyously natural performance as Ingrid.

There is quite a collection of the "Carry On" gang so expect a lot of funny mayhem. Newlyweds Richard (Michael Craig) and Kate (Anne Heywood) are advised by her father (James Robertson Justice) to hire a servant and that's when the troubles begin. From tipster lady to a genteel duo of bank robbers, and others, they encounter some rather eccentric hired help, and the fun never stops.

Next enters Ingrid (Mylene Demongeot) is their next try at domestic help but she's far too pretty and smart to settle into that role for long. Mylene's character 'Ingrid' was the most interesting. Notice the way she drifts into the lives of the men around her and even the husbands -- the entire production is hugely entertaining and barking mad!

BIOS:
1. Ralph Thomas [Director]
Date of Birth: 10 August 1915 - Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 17 March 2001 - London, England, UK

2. Michael Craig [aka: Michael Francis Gregson]
Date of Birth: 27 January 1928 - Poona, Maharashtra, India
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Anne Heywood [aka:Violet Pretty]
Date of Birth: 11 December 1931 - Handsworth, Birmingham, England, UK

4. Mylène Demongeot [aka: Marie-Hélène Demongeot]
Date of Birth: 29 September 1935 - Nice, France
Date of Death: Still Living

5. James Robertson Justice [aka: James Norval Harald Justice]
Date of Birth: 15 June 1907 - Lewisham, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 July 1975 - Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK

6. Claudia Cardinale [aka: Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale]
Date of Birth: 15 April 1938 - Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia [now Tunisia]
Date of Death: Still Living

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 102 min on DVD ~ J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors ~ (May 3, 2011)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done and very funny. July 30 2011
By Hildegard Brosseau - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have previously bought videos or DVDs from VCI Entertainment and found them less than adequate, you're in for a surprise. This one has been remastered and - except for the very occasional faded spot - is a perfect delight to watch. Eastman colour in widescreen. You couldn't ask for anything more. It's been 52 years since I first saw it in an Odeon cinema in Manchester and it has lost none of its charm. In fact, it's downright hilarious in places. Joan Hickson [as Rosemary] and her huge sheepdog named "Tiny" [naturally, what else...]steal the show. The ending, after all the fun and games, is rather touching. And I wonder why Michael Craig never quite made it into the really big league.
While I'm at it, I might as well mention, that the very fishy "tail" of "Miranda" [Glynis Johns] is equally delightful, if not more so. Also from VCI Entertainment and also good [remastered] picture quality. Sound ok, too. Go ahead, give yourself a treat and buy them both. [NO, Iam NOT working for VCI, or have anything to do with them!!]. Then, when you're good'n miserable some evening, you can watch either one of these thoroughly delightful films.
3.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs, Downstairs and all through the house Nov. 22 2013
By BrendaMarie - Published on Amazon.com
It's fun and sexy and very 70's ish. It's a struggle to come of age and find out how to be an adult no matter what your age.
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