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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christopher Gable ...
Tony Brockhurst
Max Adrian ...
Max Mandeville aka Mr. Max / Lord Hubert Brockhurst
Bryan Pringle ...
Percy Parkhill / Percy Browne
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Alphonse
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Moyra Parkhill / Madame Dubonnet
Georgina Hale ...
Fay
Sally Bryant ...
Nancy
Vladek Sheybal ...
De Thrill
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Tommy
Brian Murphy ...
Peter
Graham Armitage ...
Michael
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Maisie
Caryl Little ...
Dulcie
Anne Jameson ...
Mrs. Peter (as Ann Jameson)
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The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director (Cecil B. DeThrill) is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza. Polly also happens to fall in love with the leading man (Tony) and imagines several fabulous fantasy sequences in which the director is free to exercise his capacity for over-the-top visuals in this charming 1920's era flick. Written by Bliss Blood <soundex@sccsi.com>

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25 February 1972 (Ireland)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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The screen rights for the film were originally bought by famed MGM producer Arthur Freed in 1967 for Debbie Reynolds to star. After Reynolds turned the part down, Liza Minnelli was briefly considered for the role of Polly Browne before Freed shelved the project to concentrate on his Irving Berlin revue, "Say It with Music" (which was never filmed). See more »

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Polly Browne: [singing] We want to have, we plot to have, for it's so dreary not to have that certain thing called "The Boyfriend".
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truly hilarious
21 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As hilarious today as it was in 1971, this much loved comedy is probably to musicals what Blazing Saddles is to westerns. I know that might sound odd but the analogy describes how much of a very funny send up of Busby Berkeley musicals and wobbly British seaside theatre this film really is. I saw the longer 139 min version in a 1997 reissue in Australia, and it actually is not as tidy as the shorter 109 min version originally released, It is too excessive and impromptu (cast laughing etc) whereas the shorter version does work better. However it does allow for 2 more songs and some extras in the dance numbers that you will want to see... Twiggy is gorgeous, the art direction superb and the end result hilarious and charming. Interestingly it was made because MGM fumbled the possibility of a straight stage reworking with Julie Andrews (she made Thoroughly Modern Millie instead), and by 1968 the world went to hell in the Vietnam war and street riots. The Boyfriend has aged well, and so has Twiggy. Alert viewers will see some of the same clothes previously in Women In Love because Shirley Russell used to buy the real 1920s garments from London markets and used them in several films her husband made. BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS is a good 2003 equivalent in art direction and style.


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