Keep It Up Downstairs
A genre which has undergone much re-appreciation of late, the British Sex Comedy was arguably in its heyday by 1976, when Crossroads co-creator Hazel Adair concocted a wicked, saucy pastiche on global ratings winner Upstairs Downstairs. A cut above the norm for this type of film, the opulent costumes and swanky location (Knebworth House in all its pomp) provides a visually splendid backdrop to the bawdy shenanigans.
Ex-Victorian urchin Jack Wild plays a guileless innocent in a house full of supercharged libertines whose daily exercise regime is threatened when their collective debts are called to account by an oafish social climber with an axe to grind (comedy genius Willie Rushton). Of course there's plenty of bare flesh on display, with Mind Your Language star Françoise Pascal stripping off with little provocation and soon-to-be-sex-megastar Mary Millington finding it hard to appear anywhere without all her clothes falling off (in the best possible taste, of course). Comedians Julian Orchard and Aimi MacDonald turn up as (wait for it) a Bishop and an Actress, while Diana Dors continues to show why she was such a luminous presence in British films for over four decades.
A bawdy British period romp in the classic Seventies “sex comedy” mould, Keep It Up Downstairs lampoons classic television series Upstairs Downstairs and sees a host of stars shedding their Edwardian costumes to save the family silver – including Diana Dors, sex superstar Mary Millington, Willie Rushton, Françoise Pascal, Aimi MacDonald and erstwhile Artful Dodger, Jack Wild. Keep It Up Downstairs is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
The year is 1904; the setting is Cockshute Towers, one of England’s stateliest homes. When the household is threatened with bankruptcy, both the masters and the servants are prepared to co-operate in trying to find some cash – after all, most of them are enjoying liaisons of one kind or another among themselves, and none have any desire to give up their rewarding way of life…
 Full Frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
 Original theatrical trailer
 Image gallery
 Press book PDF
- Number of Discs
- 1.66:1 / Colour
- Mono / English
- 2 / PAL
- 94 mins approx