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The Fast Lady

A thin idea is pumped up into a reasonably brisk, amusing situation comedy, which is helped by a cast of experienced farceurs. In dialog, the pic is short on wit but there is enough slapstick fun. Star of the film is an impressive vintage Bentley auto.

A thin idea is pumped up into a reasonably brisk, amusing situation comedy, which is helped by a cast of experienced farceurs. In dialog, the pic is short on wit but there is enough slapstick fun. Star of the film is an impressive vintage Bentley auto.

Film concerns the efforts of an obstinate, over patriotic and gauche young Scottish civil servant to learn to drive the Bentley sports car and thus ingratiate himself with the tycoon father of a girl for whom he has fallen. Much of the humor is of the prattfall variety but it provides predictable, easy yocks.

Mainly the comedy situations are short and often fairly unrelated. Most hilarious, thanks to a gem of a performance by Eric Barker, is the first driving test taken by the wouldbe driver (Stanley Baxter).

James Robertson Justice, as the gruff tycoon, who is not as tough as he makes out, has a custom-made part while Baxter, as the shy Scot, and Leslie Phillips, playing a typical role as a wolfish car salesman, are good.

Julie Christie looks cute, but lacks the experience to build up a frail role as the love interest.

The Fast Lady

UK

  • Production: Rank. Director Ken Annakin; Producer Julian Wintle, Leslie Parkyn; Screenplay Jack Davies, Henry Blyth; Camera Reg Wyer; Editor Ralph Sheldon; Music Norrie Paramor; Art Director Harry Pottle
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: James Robertson Justice Stanley Baxter Leslie Phillips Kathleen Harrison Julie Christie Eric Barker