Review: ‘Drop Dead Darling’

Pic is a silly sex comedy, as amusing at times as it is tasteless, in which Tony Curtis plays a contemporary Bluebeard.

Pic is a silly sex comedy, as amusing at times as it is tasteless, in which Tony Curtis plays a contemporary Bluebeard.

Producer-director Ken Hughes scripted, from a Hughes-Ronald Harwood story, in turn suggested by Richard Deming’s The Careful Man. Curtis stars as a gold-digging spouse-killer, who meets his match in Rosanna Schiaffino, a femme counterpart.

Story attempts to make likeable a character who arranges the death of his femme guardian, her sailor suitor, later his first two wives and, unsuccessfully, Schiaffino, bride-widow of an a.k. who expires in honeymoon excitement.

Withal, Curtis does a very good job, plotting with Lionel Jeffries to do in Schiaffino. Latter is by no means without acting ability, either.

Script abounds in lecherous one-liners, ably put over by Anna Quayle, palpitating in the Marilyn Monroe manner as Curtis’ guardian; Zsa Zsa Gabor, the non-stop gabber whom Curtis locks in a space vehicle at blast-off, and Fenella Fielding, the English heiress of robust appetites and bank accounts.

Drop Dead Darling

UK

Production

Seven Arts. Director Ken Hughes; Producer Ken Hughes; Screenplay Ken Hughes; Camera Denys Coop; Editor John Shirley; Music Dennis Farnon; Art Director Seamus Flannery

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Tony Curtis Rosanna Schiaffino Lionel Jeffries Zsa Zsa Gabor Nancy Kwan Fenella Fielding
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