Two Left Feet on DVD

Sunday, 31 August 2014 23:00 Written by 

Two Left Feet - out now on DVDMichael Crawford (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em) stars as Alan, a 19-year-old removal man with a lot to learn about love and life. Ceaselessly teased by his workmates, the shy lad works up the courage to ask out a stunning tea shop assistant called Eileen (Nyree Dawn Porter - The Protectors). Unable to believe his luck, when they go clubbing Alan soon realises that he will have to work hard to keep Eileen's attention focused on him.

This cheeky black and white comedy with a dramatic edge also features Michael Craze (Ben from Hartnell/ Troughton era classic Doctor Who) and David Hemmings ("Gladiator", "Gangs of New York") as best mates whose friendship is severely tested in the pursuit of love, Julia Foster ("Alfie") as the other, less wayward woman in Alan's life and Bernard Lee ('M' in the early James Bond movies) as Alan's father.

The movie was directed by Roy Ward Baker, famous for "A Night to Remember" and many, many episodes of cult television series including The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders! and Minder.

Crawford's performance as Alan is a foreshadowing of his brilliant and cringe-worthy turn as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers. Alan is naive, a little timid and accident prone, but he is nowhere near as camp as Spencer. The ladies find his boyish, less predatory nature attractive amongst the sea of circling sharks, of which Craze's Ronnie is uppermost.

Porter is superb as Eileen, full of sassy, sexy allure but also supremely selfish and manipulative. In Ronnie, Craze reveals a vicious underbelly to his character, subject to bouts of jealousy that threaten to engulf him.

The film presents an interesting snapshot of life in the 1960s, where couples are under pressure to pair off and get married in the late teens and early twenties, but also undisciplined and loose in their sexuality. As Alan's father points out, in his young adulthood a couple of decades earlier, things were dramatically different, more reserved and regimented. He struggles to understand the world his son is living in now.

There is some great, jazzy music and some eye-catching jive dancing, and the story speeds along as one night out blends rapidly into the next. The picture quality is excellent, with very little noise and a decent amount of detail thanks to the new film transfer.

Fans of Crawford should definitely check this out; it is a compelling social tale directed with panache and acted with aplomb.

The sole bonus feature is an image gallery.

“Two Left Feet” (1963) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 89 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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