Review: ‘Smashing Time’

Starring Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave as a pair of girls from the north of England who go to London to explore its glittery side - and have themselves a smashing time - the writer and producers display an amazing memory of Hollywood film.

Starring Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave as a pair of girls from the north of England who go to London to explore its glittery side – and have themselves a smashing time – the writer and producers display an amazing memory of Hollywood film.

Femmes play Laurel and Hardy characters, Tushingham as the bewildered Stan, Redgrave the aggressive Oliver. George Melly’s original screenplay might be the further misadventures of the Hollywood comics in change-of-sex garb.

Extensive use is made of a swinging London background, with many of its characters, particularly the fey. Desmond Davis’ direction, when it isn’t focusing on hoary routines, is fast in limning the conglomerate situations in which femmes are plunged, Lynn becoming a recording star, Rita a top fashion photographer’s model. With their usual flair for disaster, both find themselves out.

Smashing Time

UK

Production

Paramount/Solmur. Director Desmond Davis; Producer Roy Millichip, Carlo Ponti; Screenplay George Melly; Camera Manny Wynn; Editor Barry Vince; Music John Addison; Art Director Ken Bridgeman

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Rita Tushingham Lynn Redgrave Michael York Anna Quayle Irene Handl Ian Carmichael
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