The Boy Friend is a 1971 British-American musical comedy film directed by Ken Russell and starring Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Tommy Tune, and Max Adrian with an uncredited appearance by Glenda Jackson. It is an adaptation of the musical The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson. It was released on DVD on April 12, 2011.
A struggling theater company in a small seaside town in Britain is performing "The Boy Friend", a musical concerning romantic intrigues and hyjinx amongst a Finishing school for young women in the 20s. The routine of backstage drama and audiences smaller in number than the actors is offset when two events happen at the same performance: a famous film producer (Vladek Sheyball) arrives to see the show, and Polly, the mousy Assistant stage manager (Twiggy) is forced to go on when the leading lady fails to show. As Polly struggles to keep her cool while acting opposite the actor (Gable) she secretly loves, the rest of the company backstab each other trying to impress the impresario.
- Twiggy - Polly Browne
- Christopher Gable - Tony Brockhurst
- Max Adrian - Max Mandeville aka Mr. Max / Lord Hubert Brockhurst
- Bryan Pringle - Percy Parkhill / Percy Browne
- Murray Melvin - Alphonse
- Moyra Fraser - Moyra Parkhill / Madame Dubonnet
- Georgina Hale - Fay
- Sally Bryant - Nancy
- Vladek Sheybal - De Thrill
- Tommy Tune - Tommy
- Brian Murphy - Peter
- Graham Armitage - Michael
- Antonia Ellis - Maisie
- Caryl Little - Dulcie
- Anne Jameson - Mrs. Peter
- Catherine Willmer - Catherine Max / Lady Catherine Brockhurst
- Robert La Bassier - Chauffer
- Barbara Windsor - Rosie / Hortense
- Glenda Jackson - Rita (uncredited)
- Roger Ebert wrote, "Even when he’s not deliberately doing Berkeley takeoffs, (Ken Russell's) camera is so joyless that it undermines every scene."
- The New York Times wrote of the film, "I am surprised to find that it is rather greatly to my taste; partly because it is often as witty as it is elaborate, partly because it works its variations on the fully recognizable and still quite wonderful Sandy Wilson words and music, and partly because it is supported by a charming and energetic cast."