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Not Now Darling (1973)

R | | Comedy | April 1975 (USA)
A mad cap British farce about mistresses and minks in the London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch. Gilbert Bodley plans to sell an expensive mink to a mobster dirt cheap for his wife... See full summary »


Ray Cooney, David Croft


Ray Cooney (based on the stageplay by), John T. Chapman (based on the stageplay by) (as John Chapman) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Geraldine Gardner Geraldine Gardner ... Miss Whittington (as Trudi Van Doorn/Trudie van Doorn)
Leslie Phillips ... 'Bodley' / Gilbert Bodley
Julie Ege ... Janie McMichael
Joan Sims ... Miss Tipdale
Ray Cooney Ray Cooney ... 'Crouch' / Arnold Crouch
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Commissionaire Frank
Jack Hulbert ... Commander George Frencham
Cicely Courtneidge ... Mrs. Harriet Frencham
Derren Nesbitt ... Harry McMichael
Barbara Windsor ... Sue Lawson
Moira Lister ... Maude Bodley
Jackie Pallo Jackie Pallo ... Mr. Lawson


A mad cap British farce about mistresses and minks in the London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch. Gilbert Bodley plans to sell an expensive mink to a mobster dirt cheap for his wife, because the wife is Gilbert's mistress and he wants to "Close the deal." However, instead of doing his own dirty work, he gets his reluctant partner, Arnold Crouch, to do it for him. Things go awry when the mobster plans to buy it for his OWN mistress and soon the whole plan goes out the window along with women's clothing and a few other things. Mistaken identities, scantily clad women kept hidden in closets, mobsters, suspicious wives, and misguided shoppers keep this comedy trucking along in the spirit of the Marx Brothers' and Noises Off. Written by Michael Puskar

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unrestrained comedy! See more »




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Jackie Pallo and Geraldine Gardner (as Trudie Van Doorn/Trudie van Doorn) receive an "Introducing" credit. See more »


Arnold Crouch: I would like to say, here and now...
Gilbert Bodley: And you said them very nicely, too.
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Not Now Darling
Music by Cyril Ornadel
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Sung by Vicki Brown
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Made cheaply and looks it
3 April 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I recall that this film was made using a multi camera system.So that two or three cameras would be used to save time on setups.I also believe that it was taped,edited and then transferred to film.Ray Cooney who wrote this takes a rare leading role.He also co directs with David Croft of Dads Army fame.The problem is that he acts as if he is on the stage.Every line accompanied by a gesture.Compare this with the more restrained performance of Leslie Phillips.There are a lot of well known actors in this.Cicely Courtneidge making her last screen performance and Jack Hulbert his penultimate one.Jackie Paolo makes an appearance,then at the height of his TV wrestling fame.The problem is that the play may have been funny on stage but lacks sparkle on film.

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April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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