Only When I Larf (film)

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Only When I Larf
"Only When I Larf" (1968).jpg
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Len Deighton
Brian Duffy
Screenplay by John Salmon
Based on Only When I Larf 
by Len Deighton
Starring Richard Attenborough
David Hemmings
Alexandra Stewart
Nicholas Pennell
Music by Ron Grainer
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Fergus McDonell
Distributed by Paramount
Release date(s) 1968
Running time 104 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Only When I Larf is a 1968 British comedy film directed by Basil Dearden and starring Richard Attenborough, David Hemmings and Alexandra Stewart.[1] It is adapted from the novel Only When I Larf by Len Deighton, and features Attenborough as an ex-brigadier con man in a variety of guises.[1]


A trio of confidence tricksters (Attenborough, Hemmings and Stewart), attempt to swindle an African state into buying crates full of scrap metal instead of anti-tank guns.[2]



It received mixed reviews,[3][1] including that of "a plodding adaptation" of the original novel";[4] and praise for its "sound, unfussy direction and witty, observed thesping."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Only When I Larf". Variety. 1967-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Only When I Larf". BFI. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent. "Only When I Larf". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Only When I Larf". Time Out. 

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