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The Boy Friend (1971)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Moyra Fraser ...
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
Antonia Ellis ...
Maisie
Caryl Little ...
Dulcie
Anne Jameson ...
Mrs. Peter (as Ann Jameson)
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Storyline

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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A Glittering Super Colossal Heart Warming Toe-Tapping Continously Delightful Musical Extravaganza See more »


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26 February 1972 (Japan)  »

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The Boyfriend  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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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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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Music by Sandy Wilson
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Some films age superbly
3 June 2003 | by (london, England) – See all my reviews

Russell's homage to the twenties has aged better than most of his films because the tone is so right. The orchestration is period-perfect, and the costumes (by Russell's then-wife, Shirley) are astounding. Likewise the amazing sets echo the designs of Clarice Cliff, Lucy Atwell and a host of others. Twiggy is that rare star, a model who made a great transition to film, and she's supported by a Who's Who cast of English performers, especially bad girl Antonia Ellis, who went on to star in the British stage version of 'Chicago'. To cap it all, the film works on three distinct levels, the backstage musical, the onstage drama and the fantasy version. Some lines have even become catchphrases. Sandy Wilson, the original show's author, wrote a sequel called 'Divorce Me, Darling', which parodied the thirties. Some prints are shown without the 'Woodland Pastoral' dance sequence.


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