Not So Dusty (1956 film)
|Not So Dusty|
|Directed by||Maclean Rogers|
|Written by||Maclean Rogers|
|Edited by||Sam Simmonds|
|Music by||Wilfred Burns|
|Distributed by||Eros Films|
Two London dustmen (rubbish collectors) Dusty and Nobby, serving the borough of Twickenham spot a couple in an apartment block robbing a book from the woman's sister. The crime is temporarily delayed by the maid. Inexplicably they find a diamond brooch in the bin outside the property. They enter the building to return it just as the owner, Miss Duncan, returns. This allows Dusty to meet Lobelia, the maid. He asks her out to the pictures.
Instead of cash Miss Duncan gives them a book on the philosophy of Diogenes as a reward. This is the same book which the couple were trying to steal. An American is seeking the book offering $5000 (£500).
Meanwhile the book starts to travel. Nobby's son Derek takes it to a bookseller as part of a bundle of old books which needs to be in groups of six. Nobby and Dusty have to break into the bookseller to retrieve it.
This is thought to be a valuable book and they have to thwart the attempts of some criminals to con them out of it. Mrs Lincoln eventually tracks them and gives them £500 for the book. However, it is revealed that the American seeks volume 1 and they have volume 2 which is worthless.
Volume 2 is tracked and they rush to the airport to get the American the copy just in time. He writes a cheque for more money.
- Bill Owen as "Dusty" Grey
- Joy Nichols as Lobelia, Miss Duncan's maid
- Leslie Dwyer as Nobby Clarke
- Harold Berens as Driver
- Roddy Hughes as J.C. Layton
- Ellen Pollock as Agatha Lincoln
- Bill Shine as Alistair Lincoln
- Wally Patch as Burrows the concierge at Miss Duncan's home
- Dandy Nichols as Mrs. Clarke, Nobby's wife
- William Simons as Derek Clarke
- Totti Truman Taylor as Charlotte Duncan
- Tony Quinn as Elmer J. Cobb
- Diana Chapman as Receptionist
- Scott Sanders as Lancelot Barnaby Pennington the bookseller
- Michael McKeag as 2nd Actor
- Alexis de Galien as Head waiter
- George Roderick as 1st Waiter
- John Moore as 2nd Waiter
The film was made at Twickenham Studios and on location around London. It is a remake of a 1936 film of the same title which had also been directed by Maclean Rogers. Wally Patch, who had written and starred in the earlier film, appears in a small role in the remake.
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