Dan Ireland on

The Boy Friend

Released 1971
Distributor MGM

Set on the French Riviera during the roaring 20’s, Sandy Wilson’s smash 1954 London musical production ran for 2,078 performances to great acclaim. Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in the starring role the same year, but when Ken Russell mounted his 1971 film version he chose current pop culture icon Twiggy for the lead, and she gave an unexpectedly charming and delightful performance. However, notorious MGM honcho James Aubrey reduced the US running time from 136 to 109 minutes. In 1987 MGM/UA’s Mike Schlesinger engineered a reissue of the uncut version, which is now available on DVD from Warner Archive.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.