Dir: Val Guest, 1974
Known for directing Hammer Horror movies, such as The Quatermass Xperiment and it’s sequel, Val Guest is an odd choice to direct this film.
Although Guest began his directing career in comedy, a low budget sex farce seemed a step down from his earlier output, working with the likes of Cliff Richard and actors from the Hammer stable.
But, make it he did, and Confessions Of A Window Cleaner is certainly the best in the four film series, with the following three being helmed by producer Norman Cohen.
Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith) works with his brother in law, Sid Noggett (Anthony Booth, who would eventually become father in law to ex-prime minister Tony Blair), in Sid’s window cleaning business. However, Timothy is accident prone and causes disaster and carnage that almost ruins the business.
While doing his rounds, Timothy is seduced by all the lonely housewives, and spends most of his working days servicing the ladies of the house, while trying to avoid their “come home early, unexpectedly” husbands.
Out of all the films, this first in the series looks like effort was put into it. That’s not saying much, though, as the plot is flimsy at best and an excuse to get naked lasses on the screen.
What may have seemed raunchy back in ’74, is now fairly mundane and embarrassing. The sight of a scrawny bloke’s hairy arse, would do little to stoke the flames of today’s women.
Confessions Of A Window Cleaner isn’t a bad film, nor is it a great one. It’s passable entertainment; cheery on it’s own way and the odd laugh is to be had.