Monday, June 6, 2011

IOU: No, My Darling Daughter (1961)

Person I Owe: Casey of Noir Girl. Casey reviewed this film a couple of years ago (see the review here) and recommended the film to me. She burned me a copy and sent it to me in the mail. I've always meant to watch it but Netflix and other things always got in the way. Once you own a movie, it's easy to take advantage of the fact that it's always there.

Review: No, My Darling Daughter (1961) is a British Comedy directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Juliet Mills, Michael Redgrave, James Westmoreland and Michael Craig. Tansy (Mills) is the daughter of a wealthy and overbearing father Sir Carr (Redgrave). He's got a lot of plans for his daughter but free-spirited Tansy has other things in mind. Thomas (Michael Clay), General Barclay's grandson and Sir Carr's grandson, works for Carr's company but also has other plans. Thomas and Tansy seem like two free spirits destined for each other until an American youngster, Cornelius (James Westmoreland), starts to woo Tansy with his adventurousness and naivete about British life. Carr's got plans, Tansy's got plans, Thomas has plans, General Barclay's got plans, Cornelius makes plans eventually but as we all know even the best made plans don't always turn out how we expect.

This is a very light-hearted British comedy. As Casey says in her review, it'll keep you guessing until the very end. And yes Tansy is such a strange name. I kept wanting to call her something else. If you enjoy British films from the 1960s, and I know a lot of you do, this one will be sure to entertain you. It's also void of all of the more taboo elements of other films from this era. It's fresh and wholesome and just fun to watch. I'm not much for early British cinema and while this is not a new favorite, I enjoyed it nonetheless and would recommend it to other folks who like fun films like these.

2 comments:

  1. This film is utterly brilliant -- if only for the fact that Michael Redgrave sings the title song and shows that he can do everything. EVERYTHING. ;-D

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  2. I love this film. Of course, I always had crush on the Mills sisters too! LOL.

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