Oh…Miss Jones!
MOVIE

RISING DAMP: THE MOVIE

The promotional Press Pack sent out to promote the Movie.

The Story

The Theme Tune
The Theme Tune ‘Bonus (Rigsby lyrics)’

Rigsby (he doesn’t own up to Rupert) is the sleazy owner of a run-down boarding-house in London. One of his tenants is quietly spoken, black medical student, Philip, for who Rigsby, despite his colour prejudice, has a grudging respect – for Philip purports to be the son of a chieftain with twelve wives back ‘home’ in Africa.

Toward another tenant, Miss Jones, an angular spinster in her mid-thirties, Rigsby displays a barely disguised passion. But his amorous advances become desperate as he realises that Miss Jones’ maidenly ardour is directed towards the unwilling Philip, whose athletic prowess and intellectualism prove far more attractive than Rigsby’s general air of seediness.

As this romantic triangle twists itself into various frenzied complications, the Rigsby menage gains another recruit in John, an art student.

Apparently, a quiet, unassuming and studious individual, John, forced into a room-share with Philip, is actually hell-bent on losing his virginity in the arms of his buxom girl-friend, Sandra. After all, Philip’s first experience happened on his fourteenth birthday – all John got was a bike!

As Rigsby thrusts himself in vain at Miss Jones with attempts at stylish wining and dining and rides in the country in his vintage, not to say decrepit, MG, John lures Sandra back to his room to ‘model’ for him. Her indignation matches his frustration as, regardless of Sandra’s outraged father, John tries to bring their relationship to fruition.

Rigsby still has one room remaining empty. It is taken by the seemingly immaculate Seymour, complete with Old Etonian accent and Battle of Britain air, Rigsby is ecstatic – at last a true gentleman with taste and opninions akin to his own pretensions.

Seymour’s every wish is Rigsby’s instant command, while his smooth talk and Brylcreemed charm spin a romantic web in which to snare Miss Jones and her Post Office Savings Book.

But the day of reckoning arrives with awkward questions about rent arrears and a lost wallet. Seymour, in trying to fend off imminent exposure, reveals the truth about Philip’s background. Disillusioned, Rigsby allows himself a mistaken moment of heroism, an act which instantly kindles Miss Jones’ ardour as she suddenly recognises many attributes in him that she had not noticed before!

All might have ended happily but for the one four-legged member of the household, Rigsby’s cat, Vienna. He or she, it is the final cause of Rigsby’s final and complete disillusionment with the world in general, and the female sex in particular.

THE CAST

Rigsby – Leonard Rossiter

Miss Jones – Frances de la Tour

Philip – Don Warrington

John – Christopher Strauli

Seymour – Denholm Elliott

Sandra – Carrie Jones

Cooper – Glynn Edwards

Bert – John Cater

Alec – Derek Griffiths

Italian Waiter – Ronnie Brody

Accordionist – Alan Clare

Rugsby Player – Pat Roach

Boutique Assistant – Jonathan Cecil

Workman – Bill Dean

CREDITS

Directed by – Joe McGrath

Produced by – Roy Skeggs

Executive Producer – Brian Lawrence

Screenplay by – Eric Chappell

Director of Photography – Frank Watts, BSC

Editor – Peter Weatherly, GBFE

Music composed and arranged by – David Lindup

Musical Supervisor – Philip Martell

Title Song: Music by – Brian Wade / Lyrics by – Eric Chappell

Production Manager – Ron Jackson

Art Director – Lewis Logan

Camera Operator – Neil Binney

Assistant Director – Roger Simons

Sound Recordist – Alan Kane

Sound Editor – Terry Poulton

Assistant Art Director – Carolyn Scott

Continuity – Phyllis Townshend

Make-up – Bunty Philips

Costume Supervisor – Laura Nightingale

Hairdresser – Daphne Volmer

Assistant to Producer – Katy Arnold

Production Accountant – John Bigland

Dubbing Mixer – Bill Rowe

Production Assistant – Jean

Choreographer – Janet Jackson

Director of Publicity – Jean Garioch

A Jack Gill Presentation
Of
A Cinema Arts International Production
For Black Lion Films
Distributed by ITC Film Distributors Ltd.
Certificate ‘A’ Running Time: 96mins
Cinema release 1980.
First television transmission was March 3, 1983.

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