Only When I Larf (film)

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Only When I Larf
"Only When I Larf" (1968).jpg
Directed byBasil Dearden
Produced byLen Deighton
Brian Duffy
Screenplay byJohn Salmon
Based onOnly When I Larf
by Len Deighton
StarringRichard Attenborough
David Hemmings
Alexandra Stewart
Nicholas Pennell
Music byRon Grainer
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited byFergus McDonell
Distributed byParamount British Pictures
Release date
May 1968
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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]

Plot summary[edit]

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]



Only When I Larf received mixed reviews,[3][1] including "a plodding adaptation";[4] and praise for its "sound, unfussy direction and witty, observed thesping".[1]


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

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