Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bedazzled (1967)

Director: Stanley Donen

Writers: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore

Composer: Dudley Moore

Starring: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Alba, Robert Russell, Barry Humphries, Parnell McGarry, Daniele Noel, Howard Goorney, Michael Bates

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in their first starring comedy!

Plot: A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for 7 wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably.

I've been a fan of Cook and Moore for as long as I can remember.  While 2000 remake was cute, this original version has a level of charm that the remake missed.  The chemistry between Cook and Moore is undeniable.  Their quiet, polite playfulness goes a long way in the success of this picture.  The setups and gags are fun and it's always a hoot to see London in the late 60s.  Gee, I'd like to have been there.  It feels a little long at 103 minutes but it's still a good watch.  Cook and Moore are delightfully cast as the devil and his newest, hapless victim and, if for no other reason, you should watch it just for them.  Of course it doesn't hurt that Raquel Welch is crazy sexy and fun.

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