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The humour comes largely from Georgy's other life, in which her parents are butler and housekeeper to middle-aged northern millionaire "Mr James" played by James Mason. Unknown to her parents, Georgy has become the object of desire for their employer, who pursues her with a touch of comic desperation (and a trace of his characterization of Humbert in 'Lolita').
His acting is well up to the mark but as often in his northern characterizations, his accent is hardly convincing, belying his own Yorkshire roots.
Bates, who was much in demand in the 60s for his portrayal of feral, working-class types, gives no depth to the character of Jos, whom he plays as consistently childish and jocund, a performance which grates after a short time and it's somewhat of a relief when he departs.
Nonetheless, this is quite a period piece and worth viewing for that and for Redgrave's performance. However, the portrayal of pregnancy and motherhood as a tiresome burden will not sit well with modern audiences who have no experience or recollection of a time when kids were not a fashion accessory.
By the end of the film everybody gets what they want, or almost, and the conclusion is largely upbeat and amusing.
DVD quality is good, but no extras.