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(aka "Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny, and Girly" or "Girly")

 

directed by Freddie Francis
UK 1970

 

Mumsy (Ursula Howells), Nanny (Pat Heywood) and overgrown "children" Sonny (Howard Trevor) and Girly (Vanessa Howard) are a happy family living in a sprawling, decaying mansion (Hammer Films' famous Oakley Court). Sonny and Girly bring friends home to play but if they don't obey the rules, they are tried and "sent to the angels" but they are just as likely to end up as target practice for Sonny playing cowboys and Indians or as one of Girly's broken toys. The arrival of New Friend (Michael Bryant) - a gigolo on the run after his girlfriend (Imogen Hassall) is accidentally killed while playing with Sonny and Girly - upsets the household with his own very brand of adult games playing the quartet off against each other (particularly the females) but Girly doesn't like to share her friends; not even with Mumsy and Nanny. Directed by Freddie Francis (whose directorial career started with several Hammer Films entries in the sixties and continued to overlap with his achievements as an Academy Award-winning cinematographer with such projects as GLORY, THE STRAIGHT STORY, DUNE, and others), GIRLY is consistently playful and unpredictable. Adapted from a play by Maisie Mosco, screenwriter Brian Comport and Francis keep the grislier aspects offscreen but more than make up for it with excellent performances (particularly Vanessa Howard as Girly who unfortunately left acting shortly after this film and WHATEVER BECAME OF JACK AND JILL? vanished from the screen with little acknowledgment) and some interesting touches (like a comic/horrific moment that anticipates a famous shot in THE SHINING and the childrens' murderous enactments of various nursery rhymes). Michael Ripper also makes a brief appearance.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 12 February 1970 (USA)

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Runtime 1:41:48
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.971 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Comport on Comport - interview with screenwriter Brian Comport (16:9; 28:16)
• Audio Interview with director Freddie Francis (28:27)
• Alternate Title Card (16:9; 0:47)
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:04)
• Spanish Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:48)
• TV Spot (4:3; 0:30)
• Trailers for GOODBYE GEMINI (16:9; 2:31), FOOLS (16:9; 2:34), DOCTOR DEATH tv spot (16:9; 0:32),
• FOLLOW ME (16:9; 2:01), BLACK RODEO (4:3; 1:01), SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAY (16:9; 2:41),
• THE GIRL IN BLUE (16:9; 1:07), and THE LAST GRENADE (16:9; 2:41)

DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

Scorpion Releasing gives GIRLY (UK and onscreen title: MUMSY, NANNY, SONNY & GIRLY) the dual layer treatment with an anamorphic progressive transfer. The 1.78:1 transfer shows cinematographer David Muir use of the widescreen image and the 70's colors look rich (compared to the cropped, faded tape transfer under the American GIRLY title). Mono audio is also strong. Screenwriter Brian Comport provides a lengthy interview which also includes discussion of other projects (the adaptation of the source play for this film was undertaken due to the opportunity to shoot in Hammer's famed Oakley Court location).

A candid-sounding audio interview with the late Freddie Francis is also included. American and Spanish trailers are included (the latter without text) as well as a TV spot for the US release. The US version's alternate GIRLY title card and trailers for other Cinerama (the film's original US distributor) releases round out the extras.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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