The Boy Friend

Written & Directed by Ken Russell
Musical/UK/color/1971/137 min/G

Twiggy as Polly Browne
Tommy Tune as Tommy
Glenda Jackson as Rita
Vladek Sheybal as Cecil B. DeThrill
Antonia Ellis as Maisie

Plot Summary

The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinee performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director (Cecil B. DeThrill) is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza. Polly also happens to fall in love with the leading man (Tony) and imagines several fabulous fantasy sequences in which the director is free to exercise his capacity for over-the-top visuals in this charming 1920's era flick


Antonia Ellis probably has more lines & screentime in this film than she does in all of her episodes of UFO -- and she sings & dances, too! Although she doesn't receive a very high billing in this movie, she really is quite a major character, with the lead in most of the dance numbers, and lots of dialog. Vladek Sheybal gets higher billing, although he really doesn't do much more than sit in the back of the theater and dream up wild production numbers while the actors are onstage.



Plot Summary from the Internet Movie Database. Comments & images by Marc Martin.