There's a Girl in My Soup
|There's a Girl in My Soup|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Roy Boulting|
|Produced by||John Boulting|
Mike J. Frankovich
|Written by||Terence Frisby|
(play & screenplay)
|Music by||Mike D'Abo|
|Edited by||Martin Charles|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|15 December 1970 (US)|
|Box office||$4.5 million (rentals)|
There's a Girl in My Soup is a 1970 British romantic comedy film based on the long running stage play, directed by Roy Boulting and starring Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn. It was Sellers' last commercial success for several years.
Robert Danvers is a vain, womanizing and wealthy host of a high-profile television cooking show. He meets Marion, a no-nonsense 19-year-old American hippie who has just broken up with her British rock musician boyfriend Jimmy. After a halting start, they begin an affair and she accompanies him on a trip to a wine-tasting festival in France, where she embarrasses him by getting extremely drunk, but they go on to enjoy their time together on the coast in the South of France. However, when they return to London, Marion makes up with Jimmy and turns down a desperate proposal of marriage from Danvers. Throughout the film, Danvers' favourite line with women is: "My God, but you're lovely"—which, in the final scene after Marion has gone back to Jimmy and Danvers has made a date with another woman, he says to his own reflection.
- Peter Sellers as Robert Danvers
- Goldie Hawn as Marion
- Tony Britton as Andrew Hunter
- Nicky Henson as Jimmy
- Diana Dors as John's wife
- Judy Campbell as Lady Heather
- John Comer as John, the porter
- Gabrielle Drake as Julia
- Nicola Pagett as Clare
- Geraldine Sherman as Caroline
- Thorley Walters as Manager of the Carlton Hotel
- Ruth Trouncer as Gilly Hunter
- Françoise Pascal as Paola
- Christopher Cazenove as Nigel
- Raf De La Torre as Monsieur Le Guestier
Production and accolades
The film is based on the stage comedy, There's A Girl In My Soup, written by Terence Frisby, produced by Michael Codron, directed by Bob Chetwyn and starring Donald Sinden, Barbara Ferris and Jon Pertwee. It ran for six and a half years in the West End, from 1966 to 1973, including three years at the Globe Theatre (now The Gielgud) breaking records to become London's longest-ever running comedy. This record was later broken by No Sex Please, We're British and then Run For Your Wife.
Frisby's script won The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Screenplay in 1970. The movie introduced Christopher Cazenove, who later co-starred on Dynasty and the British TV series The Duchess of Duke Street, and Nicola Pagett, who played Elizabeth Bellamy on Upstairs, Downstairs.
Goldie Hawn signed in January 1969.
Variety found the film "a delightful surprise: a rather simple legit sex comedy (by Terence Frisby) transformed into breezy and extremely tasteful screen fun"; Roger Greenspun in The New York Times however, dismissed the film as "without illumination or wit or good humor or good sense," and concluded, "The only performance to praise is that of Tony Britton, who, as Danvers's very much married publisher and friend, achieves a level of sophisticated pleasantness that actually, suggests comedy. Peter Sellers, on the other hand, is at his least inventive. And Goldie Hawn, who I think might be fun in another part, mostly indulges in bad habits with her too-expressive eyes. In fairness, both Miss Hawn and Mr. Sellers are handicapped by roles in which any attempt at a characterization must seem an imposition." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 1.5 stars out of 4 and wrote that Sellers had "his first decent role in several years" and gave a "completely sympathetic performance," but "no amount of humor is able to wake up the film's tired story premise." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times was positive, writing, "Escapist entertainment it assuredly is, yet Frisby has wisely provided enough quiet moments between his gags to allow his characters to become real enough to care about." Tom Milne of The Monthly Film Bulletin stated that Sellers was "hopelessly miscast" and that the film "would have been much better served by a straight romantic lead."
More recently, Allmovie noted that "Soup was different in its day, as the heroine of the piece was not a Doris Day-type eternal virgin, but a sexual being who not only gives herself freely to a man but is upfront and unapologetic about her willingness. The movie has little going for it beyond this premise, and it wanders rather aimlessly, if agreeably, before abruptly resolving its insignificant conflicts."
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