An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.
When an elderly man dies, some of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man lets it be known how much he despised and loathed his worthless kin. As a result, his will is structured in such a way as to set up a dogfight between his potential heirs as to who will collect his fortune.Written by
Cyrus West's film apparently runs for the whole duration of the dinner that the relatives eat, with no visible changing of reels and phonograph cylinders. It is impossible for a 35 mm (or even 16 mm) film to run for this length without a change of reel, especially as the take-up reel which is visible on the projector looks to be only about 3 inches in diameter. See more »
[Harry Blythe and Charlie Wilder meet, and it is obvious that they hate the sight of each other and have done so for a long time]
Why don't you two make up and shake hands?
[Charlie walks over to Harry and offers his hand. Grimacing, Harry shakes it]
Dr. Harry Blythe:
I never though I'd be able to do *that* without gloves.
Aren't you wearing gloves?
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The credits of the film are shown in the form of Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde-White) holding up a series of title cards for the crew credits, followed by silent clips of the main characters with the corresponding actors' names but no character names. See more »
The Anchor Bay DVD is the director's cut, which runs 106 minutes. See more »
This old theatrical warhorse gets another outing in what is (to date) the only colour version of a classic play.
There are some pleasantly swish performances from a good cast and neat direction from Metzger. Film takes a while to get going but the last reel packs in the action.
Wilfred Hyde-White's appearance on film is a nice touch and he even gets to "host" the end credits. But the best moment is Edward Fox's spectacular entrance and his scene-stealing thereafter : a moment to treasure, especially his delivery of the line "We're just up the road"! (It'll make sense when you watch it).
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