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Credits & Photos 1967 - 1969



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Rita Tushingham, George Melly
Rita attends a party at Gear in Carnaby Street in February 1967 to launch her new film Smashing Time.  Tush is accompanied by scriptwriter George Melly.
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Rita tends to her flowers in April 1967, just prior to the commencement of filming of Smashing Time.
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Rita and husband Terry Bicknell.


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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Brenda and Yvonne, two naive lasses from the north of England, arrive in Swinging London.
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The unsuspecting Brenda gets an unpleasant surprise when her suitcase is pulled out from under her by oblivious friend Yvonne.
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"If you're bold, you'll spend your gold, As I do ... On new ... CLOTHES!"
Brenda makes the scene, looking grand in her fashionably trendy new clothes secondhand, of course!


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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham, Ian Carmichael
Yvonne and Brenda try their luck as hostesses at the Furry Glen nightclub.  Yvonne sits with customer Bobby Mome-Rath at his invitation.
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Brenda eavesdrops on Yvonne and Bobby from behind the sofa in his bachelor pad.
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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
Still wearing their nightclub-hostess clothes, Yvonne and Brenda drag themselves home at dawn...


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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
...only to discover that they've been sacked.
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Brenda inspects the mod merchandise at her new job at the Too Much boutique.
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Michael York, Rita Tushingham
Tom and Brenda are caught in the middle of a pie fight, instigated by new waitress Yvonne, at Sweeney Todd's Pie Shoppe.
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A pie heaved by Yvonne finds its mark!
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Lynn Redgrave, Michael York, Rita Tushingham
To film the pie fight, 3480 pies were thrown over the course of six days, containing about 1500 pounds of specially-prepared cream.


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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Jones
Brenda and Yvonne confront the TV host who has just demolished their flat as a prank for his game show, You Can't Help Laughing.
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Once again, Brenda stumbles into the nearest body of water.
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Peter Jones, Lynn Redgrave
Yvonne wins the prize of 10,000 which she uses to begin a career as a pop singer.


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Brenda begins a romantic relationship with photographer Tom, and stays with him on his houseboat.  Through the magic of the movie soundstage, the houseboat is much bigger on the inside than on the outside!
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Brenda and Tom spend a Sunday outdoors, with Brenda modeling for Tom while he takes photographs of her.  One such setup casts Brenda as a silent-movie heroine tied to the railroad tracks.
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Rita Tushingham, Manny Wynn, Michael York
Brenda and Tom pause for lunch, with cinematographer Manny Wynn making a cameo appearance.


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With Tom's help, Brenda becomes a successful model.
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Brenda models for a TV commercial.
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photo courtesy of Jonathan Biggs


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Manny Wynn, Rita Tushingham
Rita looks at some rushes with cinematographer Manny Wynn.
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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
During a visit to the set by co-producer Carlo Ponti, Rita and Lynn burst into an impromptu Italian opera version of Rule Britannia.
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Rita Tushingham, Dodonna Bicknell, Lynn Redgrave
Rita and Lynn take Dodonna for a stroll around the set.  The filmmakers wanted to accentuate the difference in height between Rita and Lynn, so they would often have Rita walk in the gutter without her shoes, while Lynn walked on the pavement in her high heels.


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Rita tries to get the custard out of her hair following the morning's filming, 12 June 1967, on location in Hampstead.  "The custard went everywhere!  We were working in what was like a big warehouse, which had no hot water, so you couldn't get your hair washed and so you had to go home stinking of the stuff.  It was horrible.  I remember that night, we were going to go out for dinner you should never do it when you're shooting and we just had to go, stinking of this sweet-smelling stuff."
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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Rita and Lynn pose for this behind-the-scenes photo.
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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Rita and Lynn are seen here in the recording studio, supplying the vocals for Smashing Time's many songs.


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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Rita says, "We'd never sung professionally, and Lynny and I were dumbstruck by the sight of this huge orchestra that had been assembled on our behalf.  We had to do the whole LP within a week, and worked very hard."
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The music world may never recover!
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Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Rita and Lynn arrive for the UK premiere of Smashing Time at the newly-renovated Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in London on Wednesday, 27 December 1967, complete with a pop concert from Cliff Richard.  Rita wears the long blonde wig that would become her trademark look for several years thereafter.  Lynn attends despite being ill with the flu at the time.


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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
The new Laurel & Hardy?
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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
Lynn and Rita improvise a scene as jockeys in this composite image created from facing pages.
Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
Our lovely lasses Rita and Lynn, mismatched in height but not in talent.


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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
Rita and Lynn improvise a scene in a roomful of theatrical props.
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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
Our Rita has never looked more beautiful than in this photo.
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Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham
Another scene with those lovely ladies of improv.



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Rita Tushingham, Marcello Mastroianni
Our Rita poses with Marcello Mastroianni on Monday, 02 October 1967, at the start of production on Diamonds For Breakfast, Mastroianni's first English film.
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Rita prepares for a scene in the museum.  Note the flag artwork on the back of her hand.
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Rita Tushingham, Warren Mitchell
Bridget gets the upper hand on museum security man Popov.


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Rita Tushingham, Marcello Mastroianni
Nicky relaxes with some of the members of his team.
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Marcello Mastroianni, Rita Tushingham
The Financial Times advises the "distribution of capital throughout the enterprise", which Nicky interprets to mean that none of his women can be neglected he must sleep with ALL of them.
 




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A group of hippies listens to sitar music played by Ustal Zafar Khan.
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Madhur Jaffrey, Rita Tushingham
Khan's wife Begum Sahiba looks on as hippie girl Jenny asks Khan to teach her to play the sitar.
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Utpal Dutt, Rita Tushingham
At a party for Tom Pickle, Khan sits alone rather than participate in decadent music and dancing.  Jenny keeps him company.


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Michael York, Utpal Dutt, Rita Tushingham
Tom Pickle and a group of his admirers join Ustal Zafar Khan and Jenny.
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Utpal Dutt, Michael York, Rita Tushingham
Khan goes on a charity walk, accompanied by Tom and Jenny.
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Jenny daydreams about becoming a bride...


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Utpal Dutt, Rita Tushingham
...and marrying her guru (Khan).
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Rita Tushingham, Michael York, Utpal Dutt
Jenny, Tom, and their guru travel to Banaras (previously known as Benaras, during British rule), a Hindu holy city located on the banks of the river Ganges.
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Aparna Sen, Michael York, Rita Tushingham
Tom and Jenny take a boat ride on the river Ganges with their guru's younger wife, Ghazala.  Rita looks preoccupied.


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On the boat ride, Jenny tells Tom about her travels.
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Rita poses with a tanpura, an instrument used to accompany a sitar with a drone note.
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Jenny is upset by an astrologer who comes at the behest of Khan's older wife, Begum Sahiba.


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Utpal Dutt
After Tom and Jenny leave to return to England, Khan goes for a walk on the beach.
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George Harrison, Rita Tushingham, Michael York
An Indian music lesson from George Harrison in January 1968.
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Rita and film producer Ismail Merchant.


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Michael York, Rita Tushingham
Michael and Rita relax on the beach.
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Rita makes some new friends on the beach during a break in filming.
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Rita Tushingham, Michael York
Rita and Michael dance at a party.


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Rita and Michael clown with a pair of oversized trousers, each attempting to fit inside one leg.
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Rita Tushingham, Michael York
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photo courtesy of Dave Poole
In late 1968, Rita purchased a honey-colored 1969 Reliant Scimitar GTE-SE5 for husband Terry, even though Rita herself does not drive.



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Richard Warwick, Rita Tushingham
Allan and girlfriend Penelope, who is 17 months pregnant (!), struggle to survive in the ruins.
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Rita Tushingham, Mona Washbourne
Penelope and her mother.
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Dudley Moore, Peter Cook
The police are constantly hovering around, telling everyone to "Keep moving!"


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Rita Tushingham, Richard Lester
"The Bed Sitting Room" had its world premiere at the 19th annual Berlin Film Festival, 25 Jun - 06 Jul 1969.  Here are Rita and director Richard Lester at the "Piratedrink" on the roof garden of the Hilton Hotel in Berlin, 05 Jul 1969.
   



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Rita Tushingham, Dandy Nichols
Our Rita in disguise.





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