#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Sir Simon Loveit, a widower, wishes to marry Miss Biddy. His son, Captain Bob, however has already won her heart under the alias of Rhodophil, before he went to war in Flanders. On his return, Captain Bob discovers, courtesy of his manservant Puff, that Miss has two other suitors, Captain Flash and Mr. Fribble. Puff also discovers that his wife, Tag, who he deserted six months ago, has been having an affair with Sir Simon’s manservant, Jasper. After coercing Flash and Fribble into a duelling stand-off, Miss Biddy and Tag watch the ensuing chaos with glee as Captain Bob chases off his rivals. Sir Simon relinquishes his attachment to Miss Biddy, leaving true love to win the day.
Plot: An adaptation of David Garrick’s 1747 afterpiece, this lighthearted comedy follows Miss Biddy Bellair as she pits her suitors against eachother in order to find true love.
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A Little Gem of a Film
I sought out this film because it was in competition with a film I featured in in a film festival and it was very hard to track down. I eventually found a region free copy on Amazon or Ebay, I forget which. This illustrates how few people would have got to see this since its release and that, I think, is a shame. True, it won’t be to everyone’s taste, its low budget origins are apparent and some of the acting is ripe in tone but as a regency farce, that is understandable and forgivable and as a first time feature, commendably brave. At just one hour and 10 minutes it is brief and for that running time, rattles along at a terrific pace. The plot is simple, Biddy Belair, the teen miss of the title (And I know this is David Garrick’s original title but it does, unfortunately, give the idea of rather dodgier fare!) is in love with a dashing young captain but is also paid suit to by a poltroon, a ridiculous fop and an old man. No prizes for guessing how it turns out. The cast boasts some name actors in Ian McKellen, Simon Callow and Carol Royle (of BBC’s Life Without George fame) but they have little to do besides add a bit of marquee value, McKellen and Callow bookend the piece as an unseen prologue narrator and the author as an epilogue respectively. Royle has a little more to do as an aunt who stands in the way of true love. Nevertheless it is impressive that the nascent director and producer team of Matthew Butler and Tori Hart have the muscle and negotiation skills to get the aforementioned actors on board. The strongest performances of the film are to be found in Hart’s delightful Biddy Belair, flitting effortlessly between wide eyed Innocence and a delicious impish pleasure in mischief and Gil Sutherland’s old rogue of a lech, Sir Simon Loveit. I Also admired director Butler’s use of small part players, allowing them moments to shine (Ben Lee’s drunken servant comes to mind). Agreeable support amongst others, comes from Adam Alexander as Biddy’s real love interest and John Fitzpatrick as a typically wise, comic confidant/servant. So all in all, this film does betray its low budget and theatrical origins but has some wonderful exteriors and interiors and is a wonderfully jolly, regency romp with Butler’s sure but light hand on the tiller. Well worth a watch!
Unexpected, mad, enjoyment.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this. I had been on a film festival jury and seen another film by the same filmmakers, Two Down, which was outstanding, but this looked like the kind of British film I really don’t enjoy, but my wife insisted we watch it, loving anything from the UK.
But it was excellent. Funny, quite odd, but very well acted and made. It has problems but they do amazing things with a modest budget and interesting to see that this was their first film and how much they had progressed from Miss in Her Teens to Two Down.
It is quite unlike any film I’ve seen before and one I can’t stop thinking about, which prompted me to write this. It really does need to be seen by more people and appreciated for it’s unique British comedy and charm. And some of those hilarious performances will stay with me for a while!
Original Language en
Director Matthew Butler-Hart
Writer Matthew Butler-Hart, Tori Butler-Hart, David Garrick
Actors Ian McKellen, Simon Callow, Carol Royle
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
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