Not So Dusty (1956 film)

Not So Dusty is a 1956 black and white British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Bill Owen, Leslie Dwyer and Joy Nichols.[1]

Not So Dusty
Directed byMaclean Rogers
Written byMaclean Rogers
Produced by
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited bySam Simmonds
Music byWilfred Burns
Distributed byEros Films
Release date
February 1956
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



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.


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Not So Dusty". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.