The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

Director: Ken Russell Cast: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian

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The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend began life as Sandy Wilson's small-scale pastiche of British musical comedies of the 1920s. When the play was brought to America in 1954, its star was the teenage Julie Andrews. Because The Boy Friend requires a minimum of sets, props, and costumes, it has become a favorite of amateur theater groups throughout the world. But director Ken Russell, notorious for his onscreen excesses, abandoned the film's simplicity. He fashioned a humongous parody of the Busby Berkeley film musicals of the 1930s, staged on a scale that made Berkeley seem stylistically modest. Fashion model Twiggy plays Polly Browne, an aspiring musical comedy star, working as stage manager of a production of The Boy Friend. She is transformed into a star when she replaces leading lady Rita Monroe (Glenda Jackson, unbilled), who twists her ankle seconds before the curtain goes up. Before the evening is over, Polly is scampering over outsized sets, and ducking around seemingly thousands of chorus girls and boys. Christopher Gable, who plays Polly's on-stage leading man, also choreographed the lavish musical numbers.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2011
UPC: 0883316331095
Original Release: 1971
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 22,563

Special Features

Vintage Featurette All Talking...All Singing...All Dancing

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Twiggy Polly Browne
Christopher Gable Tony Brockhurst
Max Adrian Max
Bryan Pringle Percy Parkhill
Murray Melvin Alphonse
Sally Bryant Nancy
Ann Jameson Mrs. Peter
Glenda Jackson Rita Monroe
Moyra Fraser Madame Dubonnet
Peter Greenwell Pianist
Catherine Wilmer Lady Brockhurst
Barbara Windsor Hortense
Georgina Hale Fay
Vladek Sheybal De Thrill
Tommy Tune Tommy de Thtill
Graham Armitage Michael
Brian Murphy Peter
Antonia Ellis Maisie
Caryl Little Dulcie
Catherine Willmer Catherine
Robert La Bassiere Chauffeur
Peter Maxwell Davies Conductor

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Maurice Askew Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Benn Producer
Michael Bradsell Editor
Peter Maxwell Davies Musical Arrangement
Graham Ford Asst. Director
Christopher Gable Choreography
Terry Gilbert Choreography
Peter Greenwell Score Composer
Gillian Gregory Choreography
Simon Holland Art Director
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Walton Set Decoration/Design
David Watkin Cinematographer

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