Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly

Girly

1970

Freddie Francis
Director
Cinerama
Studio

Saccharine but barmy upper class British family entice various people to their estate, where they play childish games that quickly become deadly. This all changes when one of their new friends decides to play some games of his own.

What could have been a nasty little meditation on the upper classes, ala The Ruling Class (which also starred Bryant) ends up as a slightly tiresome trifle, albeit well filmed (hardly surprising given Francis was director). One brief scene does nicely anticipate The Shining by a decade, though. Vanessa Howard has enough screen presence to make one wish her career had developed further, but the real star is Oakley Court, which found even odder residents after Mumsy and clan moved out.

-Dave W.



12th February 1970
Cinema






1970-04-??
Cinema



102 mins
1.78:1


30th March 2010
DVD







HyperLink
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Michael Bryant
New Friend
Ursula Howells
Mumsy
Pat Heywood
Nanny
Howard Trevor
Sonny
Vanessa Howard
Girly
Robert Swann
Soldier
Imogen Hassall
Girlfriend
Michael Ripper
Zoo Attendant
Hugh Armstrong
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