The Boy Friend

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The star has injured an ankle, but the show—and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne—must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don’t let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale... read more
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The star has injured an ankle, but the show—and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne—must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don’t let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson’s London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley—complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up! Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.

Original Release

12/16/1971

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Cast

Twiggy Polly Browne
Christopher Gable Tony Brockhurst
Max Adrian Max Mandeville aka Mr. Max / Lord Hubert Brockhurst
Bryan Pringle Percy Parkhill / Percy Browne
Murray Melvin Alphonse
Moyra Fraser Mme. Dubonnet
Tommy Tune Tommy
Glenda Jackson Rita Monroe (uncredited)
Vladek Sheybal De Thrill
Barbara Windsor Hortense
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ken Russell

Writers

Sandy Wilson, Ken Russell

Cast

Twiggy Polly Browne
Christopher Gable Tony Brockhurst
Max Adrian Max Mandeville aka Mr. Max / Lord Hubert Brockhurst
Bryan Pringle Percy Parkhill / Percy Browne
Murray Melvin Alphonse
Moyra Fraser Mme. Dubonnet
Tommy Tune Tommy
Glenda Jackson Rita Monroe (uncredited)
Vladek Sheybal De Thrill
Barbara Windsor Hortense
Brian Murphy Peter
Georgina Hale Fay
Sally Bryant Nancy
Graham Armitage Michael
Antonia Ellis Maisie
Caryl Little Dulcie
Anne Jameson Mrs. Peter (as Ann Jameson)
Catherine Willmer Catherine
Robert La Bassiere Chauffeur (as Robert La'Bassiere)

Producers

Ken Russell Producer
Harry Benn Producer

Editors

Michael Bradsell

1972 Oscar Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score Nominated
1972 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1972 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Won
1972 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
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