Dry Rot (film)
The story is an adaptation of a 1954 farce by John Chapman who also wrote the screenplay, in which the sketchy story plays second fiddle to the quick-paced action and unlikely situations. The plot concerns the practice of illicit gambling which was illegal in the United Kingdom at the time.
Three dodgy bookies, Alf Tubbe (Ronald Shiner), Flash Harry (Sidney James) and Fred Phipps (Brian Rix), plan to rig a horse race by kidnapping the fancied horse and its French jockey. They stay at a country house hotel near the racecourse, run by Colonel and Mrs Wagstaff, where they conceal the horse (and later the jockey) in a hidden cellar.
A subplot sees the dimwitted Fred fall in love with the hotel chambermaid Beth (Joan Sims).
The title Dry Rot refers to the rotten wood on the hotel stairs, which regularly catches every character unawares.
- Ronald Shiner as Alf Tubbe
- Brian Rix as Fred Phipps
- Peggy Mount as Sergeant Fire
- Lee Patterson as Danby
- Sid James as Flash Harry
- Joan Sims as Beth
- Heather Sears as Susan
- Michael Shepley as Colonel Wagstaff
- Joan Haythorne as Mrs. Wagstaff
- Miles Malleson as Yokel
- Christian Duvaleix as Polignac
- John Roy Chapman as Claude
- Joan Benham as Blonde
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