A Touch of Class is sensational. Director, writer and producer Melvin Frank has accomplished precisely what Peter Bogdanovich did in What’s Up, Doc? – revitalizing, updating and invigorating an earlier film genre to smash results.
George Segal herein justifies superbly a reputation for comedy ability while Glenda Jackson’s full-spectrum talent is again confirmed. An accidental London meeting between Segal and Jackson leads to a casual pass by Segal, thence (through a series of hilarious complications, including wife, in-laws, and old friends) to a frustrated rendezvous in a Spanish resort. Pair’s romance flourishes into a full-blown affair at home, with Segal wearing himself out dashing between two beds.
The visual and verbal antics are supported by just enough underlying character depth to keep the film on a solid credible basis, setting up the plot for its tender, bittersweet climax.
1973: Best Actress (Glenda Jackson).
Nominations: Best Picture, Story & Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Song (‘All That Love Went to Waste’)