RISING DAMP THE MOVIE
UK / 1980
Dir: Joseph McGrath
Writer: Eric Chappell
Cast: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Denholm Elliot, Don Warrington, Christopher Strauli, Carrie Jones, Glynn Edwards, John Cater, Derek Griffiths
So good was he that Leonard Rossiter must have been born to play Rigsby, the offensive, repulsive landlord whose run-down guest house is home to a number of poor souls, including Seymour (Denholm Elliot), Philip (Don Warrington), Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour) and Alan (Christopher Strauli replacing the much missed Richard Beckinsale who had sadly died the year before).
Writer Eric Chappell wrote the original play, and in this movie version he introduces Seymour, a public school cad in the old sense, who tries to con Rigsby and Miss Jones out of their life savings. And Rigsby tries all the usual smarmy yet hilarious routines to win over Miss Jones while silmutaneously abusing his tenants.
First screened in 1974, the TV sitcom was an immediate and huge hit, guaranteeing audiences of 13 million – pubs even put TVs into their lounges before the advent of video recorders.