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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 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
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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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26 February 1972 (Japan)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Last film of Max Adrian. See more »

Quotes

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 Footlight Parade (1933) See more »

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Any Old Iron
Performed by Twiggy (as Twiggy Lawson) and Bryan Pringle
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Absolutely Brilliant
10 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I'm delighted to read of people discovering and praising this film right through to the present, and I'm both amused and appalled by those who find this film somehow terrible. Since I first saw it in 1971, I've always considered it an absolutely brilliant tour de force; how many musicals in the last 40 years have matched its unique energy and visual inventiveness? Sure, it kind of ransacks the original Sandy Wilson musical, but I think a conventional, strictly faithful film version would not have worked as well. This one has a streak of genius throughout, thanks to director Ken Russell, cast and crew. Twiggy is the charming heart of the film; kind of like an Alice in Wonderland amid all the colorful backstage madness. She emotionally anchors the film with her vulnerability. Practically every scene has a memorable flourish, and it's consistently witty. So few musicals capture this kind of spirit. It's a shame it isn't on DVD, but maybe there's hope for Blu-Ray? Ignore the naysayers. Try and catch it on TCM.


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