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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Ken Russell’s Drastically Cut and Uncut “The Boyfriend”

Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Ken Russell's Drastically Cut and Uncut "The Boyfriend"

“Don’t Knock the Music!” week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-producer Dan Ireland introducing Ken Russell’s fantastic Twiggy-starrer “The Boyfriend.”

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.

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