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The Fast Lady (1962)

Approved | | Comedy | 1965 (USA)
A naive Scotsman buys a vintage sports car and learns to drive in order to impress the daughter of an arrogant aristocrat who despises him.

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Stanley Baxter ...
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mrs. Staggers
Eric Barker ...
Wentworth
Fred Emney ...
1st Golfer
Eddie Gray ...
2nd Golfer (as Monsewer Eddie Gray)
Frankie Howerd ...
Road Workman in Hole
Raymond Baxter ...
Himself
John Bolster ...
Himself
Graham Hill ...
Himself
John Surtees ...
Himself
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Bodley
Oliver Johnston ...
Bulmer
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Murdoch Troon, an enthusiastic member of the local cycling club, gets involved with Charles Chingford, a local businessman, when the two of them are involved in an accident. Then Murdoch meets Chingford's daughter, Claire, who persuades him to give up the bicycle, buy a sports car, and learn to drive. At first he is horrified, but the thought of dating the attractive Claire, he relents, and takes his first driving lesson. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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She's the fastest thing in town and oh boy! what a CHASSIS!

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1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos Meus Pecados  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A film set at Beaconsfield Studios was used for the scenes in the town centre: where Troon has to stop for the old lady (Esma Cannon) on the zebra crossing, where Freddie Fox's boss (Dick Emery) tells him he must sell more cars or he will lose his job, where Troon and Chingford get caught up in a traffic jam caused by a broken-down car, and where the driving test centre and the County Bank are situated. See more »

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The film set that was used for the town centre street changes between scenes: in most scenes there is a side road Westgate Grove between the County Bank and the shop called Brenda's which has the distinctive wooden fascia boards above the windows, but in a few scenes such as the one where Troon and the examiner return to the driving test centre, an extra building has been inserted in the place where this side road is. Also, in the background beyond Wells Cycle Co, some scenes show a building whereas other scenes show a fence. See more »

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Featured in The Many Faces of...: Stanley Baxter (2013) See more »

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A Scottish Soldier
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Traditional
Lyrics by Andy Stewart
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A wonderful old comedy. Hugely under-rated.
14 October 2004 | by (Lincoln England) – See all my reviews

Here's a true story. back in 1996 I worked as a prison Officer. I was just about to leave the coffee-room one afternoon when The Fast Lady came on TV, so I decided to watch it "just for a few minutes". After a short while a co-worker came in and he ended up joining me. Then 2 electricians passed by and also sat down "just for a minute". Then some inmates came in to use the bathroom and also became glued to the screen, etc etc. By the time the movie ended there must've been 20 of us all laughing like idiots, until a furious governor stormed in and wanted to know what the &%$@ was going on. The Fast Lady is THAT funny. It's a classic slapstick farce. Murdoch Troon (Stanley Baxter) is a shy Scotsman from a rigid moralistic background, working in England. He's passionate about cycling until he meets a beautiful girl (played by the gorgeous Julie Christie) and falls in love with her. She's equally attracted to him. Just one problem; her wealthy/disciplinarian father owns a sports car firm, HATES cyclists (especially Troon) and won't let Murdoch take her out until he passes the driving test. Enter Troon's slippery friend, a used car salesman desperate for commission, who promises to teach him to drive if he buys "The Fast Lady", an old sports car he's anxious to get rid of. The casting of this film is near-perfect. No one ever played an autocratic tycoon quite as hilariously as the wonderful James Robertson-Justice, Lesley (ding dong!) Phillips was born to play a used car salesman with an eye for the ladies, Stanley Baxter is the ultimate comedy-Scotsman & Julie Christie? All I can say is, WOW. She was stunning. As in all the best farces this film starts quietly and then gradually moves the pace up and up until the frantic side-splitting finale. You'll have to watch it yourself to see what I mean. let's just say, no one EVER had a driving test quite like Murdoch Troon. The Fast Lady delightfully pokes fun at the British class system and figures of minor authority (traffic cops and driving examiners) and the recurring theme tune is about the most 'catchy' I've ever heard. So, if it's ever on TV again, I'd advise you to watch it. You'll laugh throughout and be left with a nice warm feeling by the end.


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