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Smashing Time (1967)

Two young women arrive in London to make it big in show business, and become corrupted by money and fame in the process.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brenda
... Yvonne
... Tom Wabe
... Charlotte Brillig
... Mrs. Gimble
... Bobby Mome-Rath
... Jeremy Tove
Toni Palmer ... Toni
... Irishman
... Dominic
Arthur Mullard ... Cafe Boss
... 1st Waiter
John Clive ... Sweeney Todd manager
Mike Lennox ... Disc Jockey
... Tramp
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Two young women from England's northern counties; the plain Brenda and the flamboyant Yvonne, arrive in London to find fame and fortune. Misdirected and separated, they strike out on their own with Yvonne becoming a model and Brenda a waitress. After Brenda sabotages Yvonne's date whom takes advantage of her, they lose their jobs and soon the roles are reversed with Brenda succeeding as a model and Yvonne becoming a waitress. With both of them competing with the other, they soon learn that they have to team up to take on their adversaries in order to succeed. Written by Matt Patay

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Two Girls Go Stark Mod! See more »

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26 February 1968 (Denmark)  »

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2 Anglaises en délire  »

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Trivia

According to his memoir, this film was the source material and ironic inspiration for Elvis Costello's song "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea". See more »

Goofs

Moments after Brenda has fallen into a mud puddle twice, her clothes are clean and dry. See more »

Quotes

Yvonne: He's got an awfully nice speaking voice when he's not pretending to be common.
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Spoofed in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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Carnaby Street
Music by John Addison
Lyrics by George Melly
Performed by Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham
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enjoyable Sixties amusement
31 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

'Smashing time' is a well-made English comedy, set in the famous Swinging London of the mid-Sixties. And shot in the same city in the same period, adding extra authenticity.

This film is just fun, without any pretense. The hilarious interaction between Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave, successfully coupled as girlfriends, makes it work. Some of its scenes are clearly inspired by Laurel and Hardy.

'Girlfriends', I said. This friendship between the two heterosexual female leads is devoid of any sex. Such a formula wouldn't probably sell today, but back in the Sixties it did. A friendship of this kind makes this film's core.


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