Saturday, December 19, 2009

I'm sure this may come as a shock...

1 comment:

Benjy said...

After this and Kicking and Screaming, how could have Olivia d'Abo so easily dropped out of the dreams of cinematically-minded men?

This is as good an excuse as any to revisit the work of her father, Mike d'Abo who did some pretty great things outside his work with Manfred Mann. Particular highlights are "Handbags and Gladrags", as well as a song from Colin Blunstone's "One Year" called "Mary, Won't You Warm My Bed" that is probably the best thing on a relatively solid album. Then there is his work on the Peter Sellers minor bit of greatness called "There's a Girl in My Soup" in which Sellers plays a libidinous restaurant critic with more than a bit of Clare Quilty in him as he tries to get fresh with a teenager played by Goldie Hawn.

Here is a montage of snippets from the film along with one of Mike d'Abo's songs (that are unfortunately overused to the point of annoyance in the film...they are nice confections but become irritiatin the fifth time they are played):

Best line of the film (you can see the image from this moment at about 2:10 of the above video but sadly no audio beyond the song):

Sellers is carrying a drunkenly passed out Goldie over his shoulder, her skirt over her head so that her panties and bottom are on full display. He gets into an elevator and is recognized by a fan who says, "I do hope your daughter will soon be feeling better."  Sellers replies, "It's my son, actually. I'm rather worried about him."

Other choice lines, these from the first ten or so minutes alone:

When asked by a boor at a party if he has a real job other than his television work:  "I perform abortions, don't you know?"

Seducing a bride at her own wedding, in response to her saying that he only wants her for one thing: "It's such a lovely thing."

Making love to a beautiful woman he met at a wedding, only hours after sleeping with the bride at the same wedding:
She:  Lady Heather was ARE a rotter.
Sellers: You...have a delicious flavor.

To conclude, I'll mention that the director/producer twin brother team behind the film was also responsible for a highly enjoyable bit of noir called Seven Days to Noon, as well as for Brighton Rock. By the way, there's a rare Sellers in a noir from around the same time as Seven Days to Noon, in which he plays a deranged and sneering car theft ring operator--he's very, very funny/campy/scary in it. Never Let Go, it's called.