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Alfie Darling (1975)

Alfie returns, up to his old womanizing ways, until he meets his match in a sophisticated magazine editor Abby. His pursuit is complicated by his encounter with Norma and the fact that a ... See full summary »

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Ken Hughes

Writers:

Bill Naughton (novel), Ken Hughes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Price ... Alfie Elkins
Jill Townsend ... Abby Summers
Paul Copley ... Bakey
Joan Collins ... Fay
Sheila White ... Norma
Annie Ross ... Claire
Hannah Gordon ... Dora
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Pierre
Rula Lenska ... Louise
Minah Bird Minah Bird ... Gloria
Derek Smith Derek Smith ... Harold
Vicki Michelle ... Bird
Brian Wilde ... Doctor
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson ... Parker
Rosalind Elliot Rosalind Elliot ... Secretary (as Rosalind Eliot)
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Alfie returns, up to his old womanizing ways, until he meets his match in a sophisticated magazine editor Abby. His pursuit is complicated by his encounter with Norma and the fact that a jealous husband won't let him forget about his time with his wife Fay. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh Alfie See more »

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Production Co:

Signal See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 76150 delivered on 15-1-1981. See more »


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Alfie Darling
Written by Alan Price
Performed by Cilla Black
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Curiouser and curiouser
27 March 2010 | by DC1977See all my reviews

I bought this film for its curiosity value as a belated, little known sequel to the 60's classic that established Michael Caine as an international star.

As the film progressed, I found myself becoming curious about a number of other things:

If the film is close at all to the source material, then why did the author, Bill Naughton, have Alfie revert to his old tricks when he had obviously learnt a painful lesson and finally grown up at the end of the first story?

Was the character/personality of Alfie totally transformed in the new story by Naughton or by the bizarre casting of a third rate actor who should have stuck with being a second rate musician?

Why did those responsible for this decision choose a Geordie who can't act to take on a role that remains synonymous with probably the world's most famous Cockney? A Geordie who, in fact, was unproven having never before played a significant role on screen and had none of the charm or charisma that is an essential ingredient of the central character's appeal.

If Alfie is such a master of seduction, why does he constantly make childish sexual comments like a schoolboy trying to convince his friends that he's lost his virginity?

Why was the bizarre mating ritual car chase included when it seems so artificial and contrived? I'll attempt to answer this one. Maybe there was a preview screening and the unanimous feedback was 'Good film, well done! Stick in a car chase and you may have an Oscar contender on your hands...'

What was the thinking behind the unnecessary 'tragic' ending? Was it an attempt to match the gravitas of the first film or to establish Alfie as a man who behind the shallow exterior has feelings like the rest of us?

Does the quality of the film justify the time it would take to consider these points?

No.

Does it justify the few minutes I have spent writing about it?

Probably not, unless it persuades those that read this review not to make the same mistake I did i.e. allow their curiosity to get the better of them and end up buying a film they will watch once and never want to see again.

P.S. The kind of people (like scarecrow-14) who dismiss as 'idiotic' any comment they disagree with say far more about themselves than they will ever do about the people they are trying to criticise.

The argument for Alan Price NOT being a second rate musician is that he is right up there with Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum.

In their 43 year career, how many number 1's did Procol Harum have in the UK singles' charts?

The answer is...

The same as the number of times I will watch Alfie Darling.


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