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Smashing Time Details


Smashing Time attempts to turn British actresses Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave into a female Laurel and Hardy. The film's second mistake is to prolong the joke for 96 minutes. Tushingham and Redgrave play a couple of dimwitted North Country girls who head to London, in hopes of breaking into the mad, mod world of fashion modeling. Instead they spend most of their screen time getting in each other's way and wreaking havoc on innocent pedestrians. The comic "highlight" of Smashing Time is supposed to be a mammoth pie fight; but outside of one cute throwaway gag involving a street minister, the sequence makes one wish, in the words of Laurel and Hardy buff Leonard Maltin, that Smashing Time "had been handled by someone other than [director] Desmond Davis." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Rita Tushingham
as Brenda
Lynn Redgrave
as Yvonne
Michael York
as Tom Wabe
Anna Quayle
as Charlotte Brilling
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Gimble
Ian Carmichael
as Bobbi Mome-Rath
Toni Palmer
as Toni
Jeremy Lloyd
as Jeremy Tove
Arthur Mullard
as Cafe Boss
Sydney Bromley
as Tramp
Murray Melvin
as 1st Exquisite
Paul Danquah
as 2nd Exquisite
Valerie Leon
as Tove's Secretary
Jerold Wells
as Man in Cafe No. 6
Will Stampe
Gabor Baraker
Yuri Borienko
Bart Allison
Howard Marion-Crawford
as Hall Porter
Kate Binchy
Ronnie Stevens
as 1st Waiter
Arthur Lovegrove
George A. Cooper
as Irishman
Julian Curry
Geoffrey Hughes
Vanessa Redgrave
Stuart Saunders
Sam Kydd
Frank Sieman
Brenda Kempner
Cardew Robinson
as Custard-Pie Vicar
Golda Casimir
John Clive
as Sweenie Todd Manager
Susan Whitman
Veronica Carlson
Amy Dalby
as Demolished Old Lady


Carlo Ponti
Roy Millichip
George Melly
Manny Wynn
Victor Smith
Composer (Music Score)
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
Barrie Vince
Ken Bridgeman
Art Director
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer