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Bedazzled
Director: Stanley Donen (Dir)
Release Date:   1967
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 10 Dec 1967
Duration (in mins):   107
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Cast:   Peter Cook (George Spiggot)  
    Dudley Moore (Stanley Moon)  
    Eleanor Bron (Margaret Spencer)  
    Raquel Welch (Lilian Lust)  
    Alba (Vanity)  
    Robert Russell (Anger)  
    Barry Humphries (Envy)  
    Parnell McGarry (Gluttony)  
    Daniele Noel (Avarice)  
    Howard Goorney (Sloth)  
    Michael Bates (Inspector Clarke)  
    Bernard Spear (Irving Moses)  
    Robin Hawdon (Randolph)  
    Michael Trubshawe (Lord Dowdy)  
    Evelyn Moore (Mrs. Wisby)  
    Charles Lloyd Pack (Vicar)  
    Lockwood West (Saint Peter)  
    Betty Cooper (Sister Phoebe)  
    Peter Hutchins (P. C. Roberts)  
    Max Faulkner (Priest)  
    John Steiner (Television announcer)  
    Erik Chitty (Seed)  
    Robin Tolhurst (Daphne)  
    Anna Turner (Shop assistant)  
    Michael Boddy (Cardinal)  

Summary: Stanley Moon, a short order cook in a London hamburger bar, is desperately in love with Margaret, the waitress, but is too timid to approach her. Depressed by his dreary life and his inability to express his love, he decides to hang himself. Failing at even this, he is suddenly confronted by the mysterious George Spiggot, who is in fact the Devil. The forlorn Stanley agrees to sell his soul for seven wishes in the hope of winning Margaret's love. Spiggot consents to allow Stanley an escape clause should he find the fulfillment of his wishes unsatisfactory. He wishes first to become an articulate intellectual; but he makes the mistake of talking himself into almost raping poor Margaret. Next, he becomes a wealthy tycoon who lavishes everything upon Margaret, now his wife, only to discover that what she really wants is other men. His third wish makes Stanley a pop-singing idol; but he loses Margaret's love when she swoons over a more exciting newcomer who looks remarkably like Spiggot. Spiggot next tricks Stanley into squandering one of his wishes when Stanley wishes out loud to know what Margaret is doing at that moment. They become flies on a wall and are able to observe Margaret talking with Inspector Clarke, who is investigating Stanley's disappearance. Becoming desperate, Stanley decides to be a man of irresistible sex appeal. Despite Margaret's passion, however, she cannot bring herself to be unfaithful to her saint-like husband, who resembles Spiggot. As his next request Stanley pleads to be "a warm, loving, outgoing person and Margaret the same." The wish is granted, and they are transformed into nuns of the Order of the Leaping Berelians, whose mother superior again resembles Spiggot. After explaining to Stanley that one of his wishes was wasted on an ice lolly, Spiggot announces that he has reached his quota and that his soul will be restored to him in the hope that he, Spiggot, may reenter heaven. As Stanley returns to his hamburger bar, Spiggot is refused heavenly pardon because of his excessive pride. 

Production Company: Stanley Donen Enterprises  
Production Text: A Stanley Donen Production
Distribution Company: Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Stanley Donen (Dir)
  John Quested (Asst dir)
  Jonathan Benson (1st & 2nd asst dir)
Producer: Stanley Donen (Prod)
  Arthur Carroll (Prod exec)
Writer: Peter Cook (Scr)
  Peter Cook (Story)
  Dudley Moore (Story)
Photography: Austin Dempster (Dir of photog)
  Herbert R. Smith (Cam op)
Art Direction: Terence Knight (Art dir)
  Ted Tester (Asst art dir)
Film Editor: Richard Marden (Film ed)
  Mary Kessell (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Leon Davis (Set dec)
Costumes: Clare Rendlesham (Fashion const)
  Yvonne Caffin (Cost supv)
  Jean Muir (Miss Bron's clothes designed by)
Music: Dudley Moore (Mus)
Sound: John Purchese (Sd mix)
  Doug Turner (Sd mix)
  Terry Rawlings (Dub ed)
Make Up: Jill Carpenter (Makeup)
  Alex Garfath (Makeup)
  Olga Angelinetta (Hairdresser)
Production Misc: James Ware (Prod supv)
  Valerie Booth (Cont)
  Alexandre of Paris (Miss Bron's hairstyles)
  Hartnell of London (Miss Bron's hairstyles)
  Maude Spector (Casting dir)
  Leon Davis (Constr mgr)
  Lee Electrics (Elec)
  Maurice Binder (Main titles)
Animation: Bailey-Pettengell Design Ltd. (Anim)
Country: United Kingdom

Songs: "Bedazzled" and "Love Me," words and music by Peter Cook.
Composer: Peter Cook

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Stanley Donen Enterprises 9/12/1967 dd/mm/yyyy LP35498

Physical Properties: col: De Luxe
  Sd:
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Contracts
  Cooks
  Detectives
  Infidelity
  Intellectuals
  London (England)
  Unrequited love
  Marriage
  Nuns
  Pride and vanity
  Restaurants
  Singers
  Suicide
  The Devil
  The Soul
  Timidity
  Tycoons
  Waitresses
  Wealth
  Wishes

Note: Opened in London in Dec 1967; running time: 103 min. 

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