Bedazzled (1967)


Director – Stanley Donen

Writers – Peter Cook (story and screenplay), Dudley Moore (story)

If you are looking for a taste of smart, hip, swinging sixties satricial humour, you could do much worse than watching the original, witty British version of Bedazzled. The film is a modern morality tale with a wealth of stellar turns and sharp dialogue. The concept is well-travelled, a man who makes a pact with The Devil for wealth, fame and pleasure, but the wry, urbane irony that pervades the film gives it a unique flavour, with Peter Cook playing the eminently groovy Old Nick, otherwise known as George Spiggott, while the hapless Stanley Moon, an affectionately doddery Dudley Moore, stumbles through acerbic encounters with the Seven Deadly Sins, including a scorching Raquel Welch as Lilian Lust and a raucous Barry Humphries as Envy, in all their perverse modern incarnations, after being rejected by the object of his affections, Margaret, the delectable Eleanor Bron, his steely Wimpy Bar co-worker. You’ll laugh uncomfortably as you recognise the world around us, and perhaps elicit a small amount of sympathy for The Devil, who certainly always has the best lines. Well worth watching if just for the leaping nuns!


2 thoughts on “Bedazzled (1967)”

  1. I heard that the remake was abysmal, and don’t dare to watch it in case it ends in fatalities. The original is definitely worth a viewing though. Some parts are quite esoteric and unnerving, while other parts are laugh out loud funny. It isn’t exactly belly laugh central the entire way through, but it’s a great snapshot of the time and probably Peter Cook’s finest hour and a half on film. I’m not even sure if you can get it anymore, but let us know what you think if you manage to find a copy.


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