“Now go out there and be so great you’ll make me hate you!”
Meek stagehand Polly Browne (Twiggy) takes over the leading role in Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boy Friend when its star (Glenda Jackson) breaks her leg.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Actors and Actresses
- Glenda Jackson Films
- Ken Russell Films
- Love Triangle
- Play Adaptations
Response to Peary’s Review:
This creative play-within-a-play adaptation of Sandy Wilson’s musical — a “takeoff of Warners’ Depression Era musicals where performers smiled through the sad storylines and lyrics” — showcases Ken Russell’s ability to add a unique spin to any project he’s involved with (Peary argues it’s his “best film”). It’s dizzying, colorful, and fun to watch: Tommy Tune’s tap-dancing is a wonder to behold:
the “production numbers are excitingly innovative”:
and it’s hard not to hope that everything works out between Polly and her secret crush, Tony (Christopher Gable).
As Peary points out, this film — which has “endless doses of wit, spirit, and charm” — is “much underrated”; other reviews are inexplicably scathing.
- Twiggy as Polly Browne
- Tommy Tune as himself
- Vibrant cinematography and sets
- Fun, Busby Berkeley-inspired musical numbers
Yes, as one among many unique entries in Ken Russell’s ouevre.