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Thoroughly Marvellous Musical,
This review is from: Thoroughly Modern Millie [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Absolutely delightful! Great fun and camp beyond belief! The story goes that the studio were all ready to make a movie version of The Boyfriend when suddenly they realised they did not have the rights to the songs! What to do? I know, why not do our own musical using the sets, costumes and cast that we have all lined up and ready to go! From the opening titles, where we see the hilarious transformation of Julie Andrews' Millie from a plain jane to a thoroughly modern, through to the hilarious round-up of villains and the subsequent end titles, this is a masterpiece of comedy acting! As you would expect with the likes of Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, the songs and dancing get first class treatment. The famous 'lift scene' where Julie and Mary have to tap-dance to get the lift to work (due to a troupe of dancing girls who used to practice their routines in it, which did something to the mechanism) is hysterical. One-liners are strewn like rose petals all the way through the film and Beatrice Lillie as the White Slave Trader/House Mother is in fine fettle. The surprise of the film, to me at any rate, is James Fox as Jimmy. Not only does he show an exemplary flare for comedy but also his singing and dancing are not that bad! Everyone connected with the film seems to be having a whale of a time and it certainly comes over to the viewer. I can't wait for this to be released on DVD so that I can go to all my favourite spots in the film at the flick of a switch! Great fun, but only for those with a sense of humour!