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  • Actors: Leslie Phillips, Julie Christie, James Robertson Justice, Stanley Baxter, Kathleen Harrison
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Writers: Henry Blyth, Jack Davies, Keble Howard
  • Producers: Julian Wintle, Leslie Parkyn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163WH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Classic British comedy, starring Stanley Baxter and Julie Christie. Murdoch Troon (Baxter) is a shy civil servant attracted to the vivacious Claire (Julie Christie), the daughter of a prominent businessman. In an attempt to impress Claire, Troon acquires a vintage Bentley racer, 'The Fast Lady', and undertakes a series of driving lessons to learn how to handle the car. Needless to say, Troon's attempts to impress Claire don't go entirely according to plan.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Callisto on 3 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I have this film on video. I found it very amusing, and fast moving. The cast were well matched, and James Robertson Justice, whose demise left a gap in british comedy, was always worth watching. Julie Christie, as well as being dishy, had that streak of rebelliousness, which made her stand out
I disagree with the U.S. contributor about Leslie Phillips, he was charismatic, and his style of sexy womaniser, was very amusing Peter Sellers would, to me, have been miscast. Eric Barker, and Allan Cuthbertson,the latter, the epitome of an elegant englishman, added good support. The talented Stanley Baxter, went on to deserved fame as a comedian, and comedy writer.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 15 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
From the days when we, here in Britain, could produce decent comedy films, comes this little gem. Fantastic cast and great script. Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter and James Robertson Justice make a great team, just as they did when they also appeared in Father Came Too.
For anyone who loves this kind of gentle comedy and films like the Carry On series, I can recommend this film wholeheartedly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Burns on 31 May 2009
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This film,perhaps a little dated,is great. It stars Stanley Baxter as Murdoch Troon as a frugal Scotsman pursuing his love interest Julie Christie. In order to impress her and her father,played by the superbly cast James Robertson Justice,he purchases a car called 'the fast Lady' from failing car saleman Freddy Fox played by the irrepressible Leslie Philips. The only problem is.....Murdoch can't drive! Freddy agrees to teach him as part of the deal with disasterous results. Throughout the film Murdoch Troon tries to impress Charles Chingford(James Robertson Justice)with little success. The highlight of the film is a very funny car chase in which Murdoch,whilst on his driving test driving the Fast Lady,pursues a gang of bank thieves with hilarious results.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Linkiewicz on 18 July 2010
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This is not an erotic story about a female of easy virtue. The female 'star' is a 1927 Bentley sports car. The salesman, played by Leslie Phillips, says it's a 3-litre but it looks more like the four and a half litre. I first saw this on television one rainy Sunday afternoon in London and I thought it had disappeared forever. Scots comic Stanley Baxter plays Murdoch Troon, a mild-mannered cyclist who is run off the road by an irascible tycoon, Charles Chingford (James Robertson Justice). He traces Chingford back to his luxurious home where he claps eyes on the tycoon's scrumptious daughter, Clare (Julie Christie), who is a revhead. In order to woo the fair lady, Troon is conned into buying the Fast Lady and getting his driving licence. The film follows Troon's trials and tribulations as he survives one calamitous driving lesson after another. Aficionados of British film and television can play 'Spot the Star' here as familiar faces such as Dick Emery, Deryck Guyler, Frankie Howerd, Eric Barker, Fred Emney and Raymond Baxter all make appearances. Cameo spots from Formula One legends John Surtees and Graham Hill add to the fun. I thought this one was long-forgotten but it really is gratifying that it is to be found and enjoyed.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By jan van wyk on 30 Dec. 2003
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The fast lady was the first Brittish film I saw and I have to say it is a masterpiece. Great humour, great acting, well chosen actors. Pure non-slapstick comedy, a golden oldie, an absolute classic. Must have for everyone into Brittish comedy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Beware spoilers...

This is an unpretentious and entertaining comedy centred around a classic Bentley racing car ("believed Le Mans winner" according to Leslie Phillips, but then he does play a used car salesman).

In order to win the girl of his - and many other mens' - dreams (Julie Christie) Stanley Baxter has to learn to drive 'The Fast Lady' to the exacting standards of her disapproving father (James Robertson Justice). The film follows his efforts to learn to drive, climaxing in a high-speed chase after a gang of bank robbers. Gleefully throwing the Highway Code to the wind, Baxter runs down the gang but fails his driving test in the process. Fortunately his future father-in-law is fair-minded enough to say he knows a good driver when he sees one, even if the driving examiner doesn't, and all ends happily.

A fun film with Leslie Phillips giving great support playing his suave womaniser to the hilt. Describing a car in which his current girlfriend is sitting he goes into great detail about the "lovely body, removable covers and automatic clutch" (at least, he says he is describing the car!).

Apparently Julie Christie airbrushes this early film from her CV as being unworthy of her later work with people such as John Schlesinger and Joseph Losey. Don't be a snob, Miss C., this film is a treat and you're wonderful in it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2011
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Produced by Julian Wintle/Leslie Parkyn, and directed by Ken Annakin, (the team behind 'Very Important Person' and 'Father Came Too') this is a simple and pleasant romantic comedy from 1962 starring Stanley Baxter as council employee Murdoch Troon, a lodger at the home of Mrs Staggers (Kathleen Harrison) who tends to over-pamper him.

After a run-in with the wealthy and overbearing Charles Chingford (James Robertson Justice) while out cycling, fate eventually leads Murdoch to a meeting with Chingford's lovely daughter Clare (Julie Christie - she of the gorgeous, sparkling blue eyes). Eager to please his new-found lady love, Murdoch immediately ditches his bicycle in order to learn to drive after buying the vintage Bentley 'The Fast Lady' of the title. And there we have the basis of the story, with Murdoch's stubborn, outspoken personality leading him into run-ins and confrontations with the law and driving instructors/assessors along the way.

Leslie Phillips is cast in a familiar role, this time as a car salesman with the usual smooth and suave womanising ways. Some guest appearances are brief but effective, including Deryck Guyler as a tipsy police surgeon, and Terence Alexander as a zealous and smug motorcycle policeman. Eric Barker is also good as the nervous driving instructor. Other scenes include a fairly slapstick car chase. One of my favourite exchanges would have to be: Kathleen Harrison to Leslie Phillips.... "If you ask me, Mr Troon would be far better off in bed with his cocoa", Leslie Phillips - "Oh, who's his coco?"....
This is a gentle, warm-hearted and relaxing comedy, possessing a certain charm, and a lovely way to unwind when the mood is right.

The remastered picture quality on this region-free (PAL) Network release is good. The only extra is the 3-minute cinema trailer introduced by Leslie Phillips. There are no subtitles.
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