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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.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Keble Howard (by), Jack Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... Freddie Fox
Julie Christie ... Claire Chingford
James Robertson Justice ... Charles Chingford
Stanley Baxter ... Murdoch Troon
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Staggers
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Wentworth
Fred Emney ... 1st Golfer
Eddie Gray Eddie Gray ... 2nd Golfer (as Monsewer Eddie Gray)
Frankie Howerd ... Road Workman in Hole
Raymond Baxter Raymond Baxter ... Himself
John Bolster John Bolster ... Himself
Graham Hill Graham Hill ... Himself
John Surtees ... Himself
Allan Cuthbertson ... Bodley
Oliver Johnston ... Bulmer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos Meus Pecados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three cars - the large American car that Freddie's first girlfriend drives, Freddie's green Bentley ("The Fast Lady"), and the red sports car that Freddie's second girlfriend drives - all have their real white-on-black number plates covered up by the same white-on-red trade plates with the registration "616 H". Trade plates are used by the motor trade when driving vehicles which are untaxed, and the implication is that Freddie has been "borrowing" the cars and the trade plates from the garage where he works. See more »

Goofs

When Troon knocks the spare wheel sending it running down the hill, the wires holding it erect and straight can clearly be seen. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Car's the Star: Austin Healey (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

A Scottish Soldier
(uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics by Andy Stewart
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A real gem
14 July 2009 | by johnners11See all my reviews

As a child of about 8 I had a mania for cars. This was back in the late 70s, when there were still a lot of cars from the 50s and 60s on the roads. I remember this film came on the telly one afternoon and I was absolutely hooked, loads of great cars...and it was really funny too!

The film is a bit patchy (the daydream near the start is a bit overdone) but overall it's a real cracker of a film, you definitely come away from it with a big smile on your face. It's also a real 'spot the actor' film.

Personally I love seeing all the bygone street scenery (the black and white striped signposts, the North Thames Gas Board shop with all the old fridges in the window, etc) and the great old British cars. I now live in the States and seeing this film makes me pine for the Old Country a bit!

The film's now out on DVD, well worth another look.


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