Good Faith

MIX ME A PERSON is quite a good death row race against time drama, with Adam Faith in the Diana Dors role. Anne Baxter, doing a creditable English accent, runs the investigation, and Donald Sinden is the weak element. Based on a Jack Trevor Story novel (the man who wrote THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY and got paid £150 for it by Hitchcock, who used a fake name to keep the price low).

The teenage stuff is wild, man: check the coffee bar singalong above. Real gone. Characters have names like Socko and Dirty Neck and Gravy and Nobby. All very Grange Hill.

Leslie Norman (Barry’s dad) directs and at times looks like a real stylist, but can’t quite maintain the intensity or invention to make the movie remarkable. But the camera noses through doorways and there are some very interesting transitions…

Story’s story is more critical of authority than you expect at this period — and he hadn’t had his appalling experience being crippled by the Metropolitan police yet.

Adam Faith was really terrifically naturalistic in BEAT GIRL, which didn’t deserve him, whereas the weepy elements here are more of a train. He’s a proper movie star, though.

Seen on Talking Pictures TV,

MIX ME A PERSON stars Eve Harrington; Ronald ‘Budgie’ Bird; Dr. Gideon Fell; Mike Rawlins; Professor Abronsius; John Tracy; the Duke of Norfolk.

2 Responses to “Good Faith”

  1. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Well I happen to love “Beat Girl” (aka. “Wild For Kicks”) directed by Edmond T. Greville — the Edgar G. Ulmer of France. He directed Josephine Baker too you know. A Subject For Further Research if there ever was one.

  2. I love the crazy camp of Beat Girl, I just don’t think it’s a film in a position to exploit the surprising naturalism Faith brings to his role in it. Though he can be enjoyed as a discrete element, along with the strip shows, Ollie Reed’s dancing, David Farrar’s mad architectural notions, etc.

    Greville gets the attention he deserves in Bertrand Tavernier’s doc on French Cinema, which deserves to be more widely seen. Tavernier knew him, and has huge respect for his abilities.

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