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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

David Shaw's screenplay manages to cover many of the European tour cliches. There are some script anomalies that briefly puzzle, but not to a degree that they detract from the fun.

David Shaw’s screenplay manages to cover many of the European tour cliches. There are some script anomalies that briefly puzzle, but not to a degree that they detract from the fun.

Although the touring group is conducted by a British guide (Ian McShane), supposedly versed in all languages and emergencies, they suddenly find themselves with a fluttery femme type (Patricia Routledge). She’s unexplained, unorthodox and delightful.

While Shaw’s main storyline is based on the adventures of a polyglot pack of Yank tourists, trying to keep up with a hectic schedule, it is padded with enough sidebar items to make it a miniature Grand Hotel on wheels.

Besides the friction caused by the inconveniences enroute, there’s personal friction between McShane and femme tourist Suzanne Pleshette.

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

  • Production: United Artists. Director Mel Stuart; Producer Stan Margulies; Screenplay David Shaw; Camera Vilis Lapenieks; Editor David Saxon; Music Donovan; Art Director Marc Frederix
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 99 MIN.
  • With: Suzanne Pleshette Ian McShane Mildred Natwick Murray Hamilton Sandy Baron Reva Rose
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