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The Fast Lady [1962] [DVD]

Leslie Phillips , Julie Christie , Ken Annakin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163WH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fast lady 3 Jun 2005
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy classic! 15 Jan 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fast Lady 31 May 2009
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fast Lady 18 July 2010
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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute classic 30 Dec 2003
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - not quite clean - fun 10 Nov 2010
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amiable Romp 17 Dec 2007
A local television station introduced me to this charming film. They had purchased a package of films produced by The Rank Organization and threw them on at all hours, with a particular fondness for four-in-the-morning airings. Given to occasional bouts of insomnia, I became familiar with the CARRY-ON films and the DOCTOR films, and non-series items like this one.

The first thing to be made clear is that Julie Christie is NOT the "fast lady" of the title. THAT is a vintage car that almost runs down non-driver Stanley Baxter. The driver is played by James Robertson Justice, whose very pretty daughter, played by Ms. Christie, persuades Baxter that it's time to catch up with the times and buy a car. Since learning to drive seems to be the key to being close to the young lady, he does so. But the slick salesman who sells him the car, played by prime comic rotter Leslie Phillips, also has eyes for Christie, and he sets out to sabotage our hero's driving test . . .

There is nothing earth-shaking about this film; the laughs are quiet and casually-paced, but they come steadily, and the cast does a great job by the script. Robertson Justice is all gruffness and bristles, Baxter is winningly shy, and Phillips sneers and snides and shows great verve while going through his Slick Cad paces. Ken Annankin, who is better known for such Super-Comedies as THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES and MONTE CARLO OR BUST, is rather better with this modestly-scaled comedy. As for Julie Christie, this is one of the few of her early films where she shows herself to be an actress, not just an Exciting New Personality. I like her better this way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 1 month ago by Martin Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its okay
Published 2 months ago by daryl burchmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film
Published 3 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An all time great early British comedy (the cast should say it all)
Published 3 months ago by Mr.A.S.Mote
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic caper
With a cast like this you can't go wrong. I hate to say it but they really don't make films like this any more. Perfect Sunday afternoon viewing with all the family. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Another cracker from the team that did " Father Came Too " Buy this you won't regret it, one of the best British comedies of the period, just mix the style of Leslie... Read more
Published 5 months ago by didds
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Lady
A very amusing film that is true to the comedy period of the time. Ideal for a light evening watching
Published 7 months ago by R. Goodrum
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fast Lady
Any thing starring Leslie Phillips is good value and certain to raise a laugh or two. This one fills the bill admirably
Published 8 months ago by apteryxaustralis
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to drive
A good old fashioned British comedy with lots of well known characters and funny situations. The main character played by Stanley Baxter you will love from the beginning. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Owl
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Lovely British comedy, a must for a lazy Sunday. Reminders of a better bygone age. Great to see the architypal Lesley Phillips
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. D. Curnin
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