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Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 8 November 1974 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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  • IMDb page: Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974)
  • Rate: 3.3/10 total 737 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 8 November 1974 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • Director: Val Guest
  • Stars: Robin Askwith, Anthony Booth, Sheila White | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Sam Sklair   
  • Soundtrack: This is your life Timmy Lea
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Window Cleaner | First Part | Phone Booth | Baby | Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Christopher Wood (screenplay) and
  • Val Guest (screenplay)
  • Christopher Wood (novel) (as Timothy Lea)

Known Trivia

  • Michael Cashman was strongly favored for the lead at one time.
  • Among those who turned down the lead role were Dennis Waterman, Richard Beckinsale, Richard O’Sullivan and, according to his own account, Nicky Henson.
  • The last film of Richard Wattis
  • For the DVD release, a US print of the film was used. The only difference between this and the UK print is one reference Timmy makes to his “ass” in the American version. In the UK version he says “bum.”
  • The film’s first and final scenes are the exact same piece of film. In the final scene, Timmy and a random girl he meets walk away up the street in long shot as the credits roll. In the opening scene, they are visible walking away on the left hand side of the screen while the same cars pass them by.
  • Christine Donna is dubbed.

Goofs: Miscellaneous: When Sid Noggett (Anthony Booth) stops his Mini van outside the church at Timmy's wedding, he gets out and comes into the church. Behind him, the van starts to roll away backwards, but in the next shot is stationary. Either it was planned as part of the story that the van would roll away and the story was changed, or Booth forgot to set the handbrake when he stopped the vehicle.

Plot: Young Timmy starts as a window cleaner in the little company of his brother. Soon he learns that some female customers expect additional service… See more » |  »

Story: Young Timmy starts as a window cleaner in the little company of his brother. Soon he learns that some female customers expect additional service. Young and curious as he is, he reluctantly accepts the juicy duty. However his heart belongs to Liz, who demands the highest commitment until she lets him go all the way. Written byTom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Norman Cohen known as executive producer
  • Michael Klinger known as executive producer
  • Greg Smith known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robin Askwith known as Timothy Lea
  • Anthony Booth known as Sidney Noggett
  • Sheila White known as Rosie Noggett
  • Dandy Nichols known as Mrs. Lea
  • Bill Maynard known as Mr. Lea
  • Linda Hayden known as Elizabeth Radlett
  • John Le Mesurier known as Inspector Radlett
  • Joan Hickson known as Mrs. Radlett
  • Katya Wyeth known as Carole
  • Richard Wattis known as Carole's Father
  • Melissa Stribling known as Mrs. Villiers
  • Anita Graham known as Ingrid
  • Sam Kydd known as 1st Removal Man
  • Brian Hall known as 2nd Removal Man
  • Christine Donna known as Lil Lamour
  • Sue Longhurst known as Jacqui
  • Olivia Munday known as Brenda
  • Judy Matheson known as Elvie
  • Elaine Baillie known as Ronnie
  • Christopher Owen known as Vicar
  • Peter Dennis known as Waiter
  • Marianne Stone known as Woman in Cinema
  • Andee Cromarty known as Window Dresser
  • David Rose known as Store Manager
  • Totti Truman Taylor known as Elderly Lady
  • Frank Sieman known as Car Driver
  • Anika Pavel known as Dolly Bird
  • Hugo De Vernier known as Reception Manager
  • Bruce Wightman known as Café Owner
  • Carole Augustine known as Sunlamp Girl
  • Lionel Murton known as Brenda's Landlord
  • Peter Fontaine known as Returning Husband
  • Jeannie Collings known as Baby Doll
  • Claire Russell known as Baby Doll
  • Jo Peters known as Baby Doll
  • Monika Ringwald known as Baby Doll
  • Porjai Nicholas known as 2nd Stripper
  • Derek Lord known as Policeman
  • Robert Longden known as Apprentice
  • Jennifer Westbrook known as Girl in Street (as Jenny Westbrook)
  • Glenda Allen known as Naked College Girl (uncredited)
  • Ava Cadell known as Naked College Girl (uncredited)
  • Zoe Hendry known as Naked College Girl (uncredited)
  • Petula Noble known as Naked College Girl (uncredited)
  • Rosetta Tropea known as Tennis Player (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Patricia McDermott known as hair stylist (as Pat McDermot)
  • Tony Sforzini known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • George Gunning known as construction manager
  • Tony Reading known as assistant art director

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors:

  • Columbia-Warner Distributors (1974) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (1974) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (200?) (UK) (DVD)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2005) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    In the early '70's, a number of Sphere-published books, all credited toone 'Timothy Lea' and whose titles were prefixed by the words'Confessions Of A…', went on sale in Britain. I never bought one ( Iwas more into Agaton Sax ), but a Form Five boy brought several toschool, which he passed round behind the bike shed, the naughty bitsunderlined in red. They were the work of Christopher Wood, and theirriotous blend of sex and slapstick made them bestsellers.

    In 1974, producer Greg Smith turned the first into 'Confessions Of AWindow Cleaner' starring Robin Askwith as 'Timmy', a cheeky youngCockney whom the ladies adore. The director, Val Guest, had recentlymade another sex comedy – 'Au Pair Girls' with Gabrielle Drake.

    Timmy's family is made up of half of the cast of the B.B.C.'s 'TillDeath Us Do Part' – Dandy Nichols and Anthony Booth. Sheila White ( forme the sexiest bit of crumpet in the franchise ) played Timmy's blowsysister 'Rosie', with Bill Maynard as his flat-capped Dad, who had apenchant for bringing home stuff from the Lost Property office where heworked. It amused cinema-going audiences in the '70's to see sitcomstars competing for attention with bare boobs and bums.

    At the start of 'Cleaner', Timmy is still a virgin, even after anencounter with a sexy stripper named 'Lil' ( he makes love to hersuspender belt by mistake! ) but finally a customer called Jackie doesthe dirty deed. In the film's most notorious scene, she and Timmy makeout in a kitchen awash with soap bubbles.

    Like 'Alfie', the story cheerfully bounds from one sexy encounter toanother. Anita Graham pops up as an energetic Au Pair ( though herclothes disappointingly stay on throughout her scene ), MelissaStribling tries to seduce Timmy in a coal cellar, and Linda Haydenraises temperatures as a policewoman called 'Liz' ( or 'Fanny The Fuzz'as Sid disparagingly refers to her ).

    The 'Confessions' series has often been likened to the 'Carry On'series, but I think a more realistic comparison is to be made with the'On The Buses' movies. Like 'Stan Butler', Timmy lives at home with hismother, sister, and brother-in-law. Interestingly, when Dandy Nicholsbacked out of the series, who did Smith replace her with? Doris Hare,of course.

    Smith had the decency to acknowledge his debt to Peter Rogers at thetime, while Tony Booth blasted the critics who panned 'Cleaner'. 'Themere thought that this is the first in a series is enough to set thejaw solid' sniffed one, while another stated simply: "Come back 'CarryOn's', all is forgiven!'. The 'Confessions' films were noticeably tamerthan the books, which were full of bad language.

    But the public wholeheartedly embraced 'Cleaner' and made it the mostcommercially successful film on release in 1974, paving the way notonly for three sequels but numerous imitators, such as the 'Adventures'series. I'm on their side because 'Cleaner' not only is good fun, butboasts a great soundtrack, and a first-rate cast clearly enjoyingthemselves.

    It would not be until the '90's that the 'Confessions' finally made itto terrestrial television. Channel Five ( as it was then called )garnered excellent ratings from the quartet. One in the eye for MaryWhitehouse!

  2. Emma Burridge from United Kingdom
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    Right heres the plot… Young Timmy Lea starts as a window cleaner inthe little company of his brother in law Sid. Soon, he learns that somefemale customers expect additional service. Young and curious as he is,he reluctantly accepts the juicy duty. However his heart belongs toLiz, who demands the highest commitment until she lets him go all theway. I absolutely love this movie. It is a great example of 70s comedyat it’s best. Its up there with on the Buses and Carry on. It was thefirst Confessions film I saw and as soon as I did I had to see theothers. I must admit I like them all even though this is my favourite.Yeah, it is x rated, but it really is harmless fun and is great towatch if you feel like a giggle. Robin Askwith is great and really fitsinto his role as a real jack the lad. I give this film a 10 out of 10and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of 70′ nostalgia.

  3. The_Movie_Cat from England
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    Contrary to popular belief, the scale of film quality isn’t a straightline;it’s circular. Rather than a range from "Classic" to "Turkey", it’spossiblefor a film to become so truly terrible that it spins all round the scaleandends up a work of undeniable genius.

    Confessions of a Window Cleaner is one such film. Robin Askwith playsvirginal Timothy Lea in a movie so charmless it’s superbly charming.Askwithlooks like a genetic cross between Mick Jagger and Keith Chegwin, yetsomehow he can’t help but be seduced by hoards of girls wherever he goes.Infact, this film is so outrageously sexist that it features full frontalfemale nudity within the first three minutes. Also look out for thecredits,which feature an actress as the role "Dolly Bird".

    Cheesy one-liners abound. "I don’t know what came over me," says Tim,losinghis … er, concentration … during a sexual encounter. "Well it wasn’tme"replies his unsatisfied partner. Lines like that are awful, but theybecomeso terrible they’re hilarious. And you haven’t seen an orgasm metaphoruntilyou see the lightning strike and bursting bubble. Tim’s loss of virginityisaccompanied by a full burst of the Hallelujah Chorus.

    Askwith does a voice-over for most of the duration, where he gives insightto his innermost thoughts. Views like "What a knocker factory!" and "Shewasthe type of girl you say ‘Please may I?’ before you give her one" arematched only in shock value by the size of Askwith’s flares. It’s all sosuperbly crass. Askwith’s sister ("All I wanna do is make you happy" saysher husband. "Then p*** off" she replies) thinks she’s going intolabour…only to let out an enormous belch. Other characters fare less well, withBill Maynard wasted in a minor role. Though Askwith really needs nosupport,perfect as the gormless, clumsy hero.

    This is all sub-soft porn, though it’s never long enough or serious enoughin it’s approach to be erotic. Other notable moments include Askwithpayingback a particularly mischievous customer by tossing a whole plateful ofmarshmallows up her crotch, and the funniest scene where a partnercomplainsthat Askwith isn’t skilled enough in the area of foreplay. "No, no, you’vegot to say hello to her first", she urges, hinting for a sexual favour.CueAskwith looking up her skirt and shouting "HELLO!!!"

    Often compared to the Carry On series of films, of which they had onlytenuous links, the Confessions series would eventually finish off thatinstitution. Askwith had actually made an appearance in Carry On Girls andbefore making 1976′s England, Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas had viewedDriving Instructor at the cinema. As a result, the Producer/Director teamdecided to spice up the sex content in the Carry Ons – England was a flop,while 78′s Emmannuelle killed off the entire series. A single attempt toresuscitate was made fourteen years later – Columbus – but by then theCarryOns were dead and buried.

    The laws of decreasing returns applied to the three Confessions sequels.PopPerformer (where Askwith does indeed get mistaken for Mick Jagger) hadmoreobvious jokes and forced humour, and suffered from a defined narrative.Window Cleaner’s series of loosely connected vignettes appealed to theseries’ sensibilities much better. Askwith’s humorous accident-pronenatureis here exaggerated to a ridiculous degree, and, like all the sequels, itlacks the original’s spontaneity.

    The series’ ethical morality – that all women are nymphomaniacs, eyeing upnude schoolgirls is just a bit of fun, unprotected sex is fine, andinfidelity is acceptable, even when married with a child – are, at theveryleast, dubious territory. But one of the nice things about the series isthat, apart from its unremitting sexism, it was initially so harmless andmalice-free. Driving Instructor was the first one to veer slightly fromthisroute, with a homosexual gag (George Layton as the effeminate Tony Bender)and, as well as a commentary on class divides, some racial remarks. Thoughthe sole mention of race presented here is more satirical, dealt with wellin the capable hands of Maynard, a bigot who bemoans of a menu "There’sonlyone English thing on here and that’s Spaghetti." With Askwith’s narrationnow completely removed, and the visual gags even more forced (Would a carreally fall to pieces just because he was having sex in the back of it?)itfalls to Maynard to grab the film’s biggest laugh. At an Italianrestauranta violin player is getting uncomfortably close, causing him to ask: "Canyouplay in a monastery garden?" "Ci Senor!" "Well p*** off and play there!"It’s an old gag, but Bill’s assured, pitch-perfect delivery makes itkillingly funny.

    The final movie had its set-up initiated in the final scene of DrivingInstructor. The abysmal From A Holiday Camp was definitely a film too far,though in fairness the lack of a fifth movie is purported to be fromColumbia’s disinterest and not any lack of financial success. Taken out ofthe their traditional environment, the cast struggle in a grotty resortwhich looks like a paddling pool in someone’s back garden. Maynard againmakes it worth watching, and Lance Percival is fun as the gay stereotype,but Askwith’s innate likeability in the role is tried to the limits by hisnow-desperate mugging. The narration reinstated, he gets a dozen overdubs,with his opening "Hello it’s Timmy Lea… yet again" indicative of howtiredthe whole thing had become. For a bawdy sex comedy the sex quotient isremarkably low this time, while adding children to the equation is amisjudged attempt to give it broader appeal. The appalling script, full offeeble puns and entendres (Well, more feeble than usual…) tries it’sbest,though Askwith even has to break the fourth wall in a pitiful attempt toraise a laugh. It’s a sad end to what started out as a great series, andwhen the theme tune’s a xenophobic song ("Give Me England") sung by TheWurzels, you know you’re in trouble. It’s alleged that the final moviealsofeatures some racist remarks, though if this is indeed the case thenthey’reremoved from television screenings. Perhaps the weirdest thing about allthese films is that Askwith’s long-suffering brother-in-law, Sid, went ontobe the father-in-law of the British Prime Minister.

    Yes, the sequels range from so-so to pretty awful. But this, the original,is generally still tremendous entertainment. If, of course, watched with a

    very ironic frame of mind.

  4. BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    From first fumblings to almost wedded bliss, Confessions of a WindowCleaner follows the sexual exploits of lovable, accident prone youthTimmy Lea (Robin Askwith), who finds there's much more to windowcleaning than just being a dab hand with a squeegee.

    During the movie's opening credits, a frustrated, virginal Timmy isseen spying on a naked woman in her flat, and on schoolgirls taking ashower (behaviour that would probably secure him a place on the sexoffenders register these days). However, it's not long before thecheeky chappie gets some actual hands on experience with the oppositesex (courtesy of a stripper and a randy housewife), and then there's nostopping the bloke: anything in a skirt seems to find him sexuallyirresistible and, being a considerate fellow, he's only too keen tooblige.

    Although frequent casual sex with busty nymphomaniacs is undoubtedlyfun, Timmy actually yearns for the one woman who doesn't drop herknickers the instant she claps eyes on him: pretty policewomanElizabeth Radlett (the lovely Linda Hayden). After doing almosteverything to loosen Liz's knicker elastic, our denim-clad hero triesthe only trick left in the book: he proposes marriage!

    With most of its humour derived from moments of dubious morality—alarge percentage of the film's comedy revolves around infidelity andpromiscuity—Confessions of a Window Cleaner is not one for the'politically correct brigade'; on the other hand, those who enjoy bawdycomedy littered with softcore sex and innuendo should love this film tobits. There are loads of good looking dolly birds all too willing toflash the goods, some genuinely witty lines of dialogue ("I won't say'au revoir', 'cos i'll see you again later", says Shiela White as RosieNogget), and plenty of faces that should be familiar to fans of BritishTV: it's all so very silly and so very 70s that it's hard not to enjoy.

  5. lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    Most Brits will tell you that the "Confessions of" series of the 1970'ssex comedies was not nearly as good as the more famous "Carry on"series, but if you're non-British and are more interested in sex andnudity than British humor (which might be an oxymoron) and seeing a lotof middle-aged Ealing Street comedians who you probably won't recognizeanyway, the "Confessions of" series is the way to go. The main starhere is Robin Askwith who was a dead ringer for Mick Jagger, and whoprobably logged more on-screen nudity than any male actor in thehistory of cinema. Here Askwith plays a young man, "Timmy Lea" (hischaracter unfortunately has his own theme song), who lives with hislarcenous father, his oblivious mother, his very pregnant older sister,and his philandering brother-in-law. He goes to work for thebrother-in-law as a window cleaner, and. . .well, that's basically theplot.

    I once worked briefly as a window cleaner, and although I don't reallylook too much like Mick Jagger, the experience was NOTHING like this.Apparently, a lot of beautiful women in England just wait around allday for the window cleaner to show up, so they can exhibit themselvesto him and/or take him to bed. (Of course, it's also possible thismovie isn't entirely realistic–hmmmm). Whatever the case, this makesfor plenty of opportunity to see a number of naked "dolly birds"including, most notably, Linda Hayden and Katya Wyeth, both of whomappeared in Hammer films and other British movies much better than thisone. But be warned also–all of these women put together don't spend asmuch screen time naked as Askwith himself does.

    What I liked about this movie especially though was the end. Americansex comedies always have the male protagonist acting irresponsiblypromiscuous throughout most of the movie, but then falling in love withthe girl of his dreams at the end (this might be called "eating yourcake and having it to"). This movie does have a "dream girl" in theform of Linda Hayden (OK, she's more of a "wet dream girl"), but ittakes a different turn at the end, which some would call cynical, but Ipersonally found pretty realistic, and sweet as opposed to saccharine.The movie is also genuinely funny in places, not so much in the sillysex scenes, but in the scenes at home with the protagonist's oddballfamily.

    You're probably unlikely to find this movie outside of the UK orIreland, but it does have some appeal even for non-Brits like myself.

  6. markmonroe from Stevenage, UK
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    Despite it’s low ratings, this film sums up the humour and sex comedyfilmsthat appeared during the 70′s.I enjoy the quick fire one liners from Tony Booth who plays the brother inlaw to Robin Askwiths main character, Timmy.This was the start of a run of the confession films, all had good plots ifonly somewhat "cheesey".I enjoy these films as it is an indication of the 70′sera.Not to be taken seriously, it’s just a good laughable movie, with harmlesssoft (very soft) nudity. Give it a go!

  7. Pobedonostsev from Edinburgh, Scotland
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    The case against this movie hardly needs to be restated. Clunking, crass,monotonously unfunny, it’s the sort of film that gives sexism a badname.

    And yet, for those who grew up in England in the early 70s, Confessions ofAWindow Cleaner is horribly evocative. The endless shots of tacky, dismalstreets; the unwelcoming, tawdry interiors; the overwhelming sense of anexhausted gene pool; yep, that’s what it was like. The film has some oftheimpact (though none of the accomplishment) of the photographs of TonyRay-Jones, and promotes a similar melancholy.

    Then there’s Robin Askwith, who despite the various old troupers is thebestthing in the movie. Granted, he wasn’t everyone’s idea of a sex god, andhere he’s at the mercy of a dire screenplay, but he gives it everythinghe’sgot. Looking and acting younger than his years, and with a cockyanimalitythat no amount of boxy denim can mask, he sums up one particular breed of70s boy, spunky, clueless, candid, vital, uncrushable. He looks great inhis nude scenes, taut and doggy – there are moments of real beauty whichbelong in a better film. His sheer physical presence makes this awfulpicture almost worth watching.

  8. boffins from STOCKPORT, England
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    I think this genre of Saucy 70′s British film is forever being slated bycritics,Yes they are dumb, but they are harmless, the makers of these films didnotintend to make groundbreaking cinema, but a funny and saucy alternative tothe rest of the films tha country was producing from thatera.I say these films are a cult, along with the On the Buses films, and thefarmore mainstreem Carry On’s.I like to watch these films last thing at night, I call them ‘bedtimefilms’you can just switch on after a hard day’s graft, and perhaps even switchyour brain off to watch them, there is just a fun, cheap thrill element tothem, the films have an 18 certificate, due to nudity, but take that awaythey’d probably be a ‘U’ due to almost childish humore and very slapstickstuff!When they came out they were probably intended to be sexy, now thehairstyles, the fashions and the women are very funny, although notinitially intended to be, these films have got better with age, and hey, Ishould probably not admit this but I really enjoyed the start of this filmwith Robin Askwith riding on his bike to a cheesy themesong!

  9. mumbles-2 from Oh To Be In, England in the summer time
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    With wonderful characterisation and fantastic acting this movie has itall-action, drama, suspense, humour. what more could you want from a film? Thewriter and director should be congratulated for the groundbreakingapproachthey have taken. The social comment cannot be ignored. I feel this filmperfectly captures a moment in time – when birds were "gagging for it" andcheeky chappies like Robin Askwith were only too happy to "give it to’em".

  10. TCCounsell from United Kingdom
    08 Jul 2013, 5:46 am

    I have to disagree with Emma Burridge, except for her statement that itis on a par with On the Buses as an example of 1970's comedy. The1970's are almost certainly the worst years of British comedy – we hadsuch "greats" as Love thy Neighbour, George and Mildred and Robin'sNest – the story lines and (supposed) humour of which were not onlyobvious and transparent but very shallow and unsophisticated. That isto say that they cannot cause even a ripple of mirth now, and itsurprises me that they would have done when they were filmed. I dothink that there were some good comedies in the 1970's, though, andthese include Dad's Army (although after James Beck's death these wereconsiderably weaker, relying on slapstick from Clive Dunn and to alesser extent Arthur Lowe) but of course, this was really a 2060'scomedy; altogether a different era of quality. As for the "Confessions"films, not one of them should raise a laugh at any stage, and it reallydoes seem barely credible that standards of decency and morality havedropped so far that most people nowadays would find it hard to creditthat these were X rated films when they were made.

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