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Sunday, March 20, 2011

70'S FOCUS : ALFIE DARLING! .. 1975

EMI FILM DISTRIBUTORS
Presents
A SIGNAL FILM PRODUCTION
ALFIE DARLING!
Starring
ALAN PRICE as Alfie Elkins
JILL TOWNSEND as Abby Summers
JOAN COLLINS as Fay
PAUL COPLEY as Bakey
SHEILA WHITE as Norma
ANNIE ROSS as Claire
HANNAH GORDON as Dora
RULA LENSKA as Louise
PATSY KENSIT as Penny
JENNY HANLEY as Receptionist
VICKI MICHELLE as The Bird
MINAH BIRD as Gloria
ROGER LUMONT as Pierre


  Assistant Director - Peter Cotton  Edited by John Trumper
         Director of Photography - Ousama Rawi B.S.C
   Music by Alan Price  "Alfie Darling!" sung by Cilla Black       Screenplay by Ken Hughes      From Bill Naughton's Novel
   Produced by Dugaid Rankin  Directed by Ken Hughes
                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JOAN WATCHES AS ALAN HANDLES A STIFF ONE!
Alfie Elkins is back and he is cockier than ever! There's a girl in every port, as Alfie drives a truck around Europe for a living. Alfie loves them and leaves them, that is till he throws his eyes on a sophisticated magazine editor, Abby Summers. Can Alfie make upmarket Abby fall for him? Will he recover from his encounter with Norma? Will Fay's husband, ever let him forget his time with her? Can Alfie keep it up! When they scream.. Oh! Alfie! Darling! ....
 (c) 1975 EMI 102 MINS COLOR REG 2 OPTIMUM DVD ..
FAY HAS NO HANG UPS WITH ALFIE.
This belated sequel to the classic 60's drama "Alfie", stars Alan Price taking over the title role, originally played by Michael Caine. The original film had a gritty realism, whilst this sequel is more in the style of the "Carry On" or "Confessions", series of films. Patrick Mower was set to star, but he may have been too suave for the role, Alan Price is more suited as the cockney commoner who can charm the birds out of the trees and into the back of his truck! 
The film was shot at Elstree and on location in France. Joan had a few key scenes, as the upmarket but frustrated housewife Fay. She brings her usual style to the proceedings, but with the obligatory topless scenes for a 70's romp! The cast also features many other popular British faces including Rula Lenska, Hannah Gordon, Jill Townsend, Jenny Hanley and even an early appearance by Patsy Kensit.
ALFIE WARBLES "IT'S COLD OUTSIDE", WHEN YOUR NAKED!
As in the original film, 60's songtress and TV legend Cilla Black sings the title song. Cilla had a smash hit in the 60's with the now classic Bacharach and David hit song "Alfie", also a smash for Dionne Warwick. However this sequel was no patch on the original and it died at the box office and is hardly remembered today. Another connection with both films features Joan, who featured the original in her "Joan Collins Selection" of videos in the 80's, where she introduced the film for a home video audience. 
THE COVER OF THE JOAN COLLINS VIDEO SELECTION RELEASE
Reviews of the film were bad, like this one!
TIME OUT ....
"In "Alfie Darling!", what looks like developing into an EEC movie, Price shows those M'zelles what a British leg over is all about! But back in Britain, this belated sequel to "Alfie", switches to the Americanisation of the Cockney skirt chaser, (Pontiac's, Marlboro's, etc.), in an attempt to prove that the affluent society is still available, even to the working classes. But the film ends up like an advert, with no product to sell!"
FAY GETS HER TROUBLES OFF HER CHEST!
UK DVD COVER
ALFIE GETS TO GRIPS WITH FAY
The American release of the film, runs shorter than the European, due to the fact the ending is different! In the original print, Alfie's upmarket girlfriend Abby dies in a plane crash, leaving him all alone again. However the distributors cut the last few minutes of the film, so that Alfie leaves her at the airport and is last seen chatting up a traffic warden, then cutting to the end credits.. I can only presume the original ending seemed too tragic for what was up to then a cheeky comedy and the American distributors wanted it left a comedy. The film viewed today is passable entertainment and it certainly is a product of the 70's!..
USA DVD COVER
 (c) 2011 .. Mark McMorrow.. 

1 comment:

  1. This film looks interesting! I didnt know there was a second Alfie film until now.
    And for me, the funniest thing about this is that I always associate the phrase 'oh darling' with Joan anyway and then I find out the film is called Alfie oh darling! Classic! Thanks for posting, might have to buy this one! Rach x

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