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The Boy Friend (1971)

When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Polly
Christopher Gable ... Tony
... Max
... Percy
... Alphonse
... Mme. Dubonnet
... Fay
Sally Bryant ... Nancy
... De Thrill
... Tommy
... Peter
... Michael
... 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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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vladek Sheybal's character, the director De Thrill, was a parody of famed director Cecil B. DeMille, and in fact Sheybal wore a pair of the actual boots DeMille always wore. See more »

Quotes

Max: Eyes and teeth! Eyes and teeth!
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Ken Russell's Talking Picture See more »

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References Blood and Sand (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Act I Finale: I Could Be Happy with You
Music and Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
Performed by The Company
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Surprising Wonderful!!
14 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ken Russell's homage to Hollywood Musicals of the early years, while outrageous as usual, is remarkably enjoyable. It was ruined in its American release by MGM's James Aubrey's hack job--he cut almost 30 minutes out of the film. Not merely content to cut entire numbers, he laid his heavy hand on every single number and scene, eliminating 30 seconds here, 2 minutes there, until nothing had been spared his hatchet. His reasoning was that no one wanted to see a two and a half hour musical. Besides he could get another showing in if he cut it. Wasn't it a surprise when the film bombed in the States?! Elsewhere it was a smash hit. With the cut footage restored, the VHS print shows, particularly, the salutes to Busby Berkeley and other early musicals. Twiggy is charming; Tommy Tune as the giant American hoofer is wonderful; and Russell's "stock" company of English actors carry off the zaniness with just the right touch. Oh, please, release the Widescreen version on DVD. I need to use it to end my History of the Film Musical class.


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