Smashing Time


1h 36m 1967

Brief Synopsis

A pair of girls from the north of England go to London to explore its glittery side and get more than they bargained for.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Dec 1967
Production Company
Partisan Film Productions; Selmur Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Two North Country young women, plain Brenda and flamboyant Yvonne, arrive in London and head immediately for the mod scene on Carnaby Street to find fame and fortune. They are misdirected and end up eating at a workman's cafe. Their money is stolen, and Yvonne runs off, leaving Brenda to wash a mountain of dishes. On the street, Yvonne's picture is taken by a successful fashion photographer, Tom Wabe, who uses her "look" as an illustration of what not to do. Taking jobs at the Menagerie Club, Yvonne, as a seductively-dressed hostess, is pursued by a lecherous member, Bobbi Mome-Rath, while Brenda, as a pussycat waitress, looks on worriedly. When Mome-Rath entices Yvonne to his apartment, Brenda goes along and creates enough mood-destroying havoc to "save" Yvonne. When the women lose their jobs, Brenda goes to work for the Honorable Charlotte Brilling, who owns a boutique frequented primarily by freeloading friends. Brenda changes this state of affairs, however, and when Charlotte returns one day, with Tom Wabe in tow, she finds her entire stock sold. Wabe then takes Brenda to a restaurant where Yvonne has become a waitress. When Yvonne sees them together, she begins throwing pies; and soon everyone is engaged in a free-for-all. Both out of jobs again, the girls return home and find their apartment demolished, the result of a practical joke perpetrated by a TV station, for which they are given £10,000 compensation. Yvonne spends the money on a manager, Jeremy Tove, and moves to Chelsea. Tove promotes her into a wildly successful recording star and "now" personality, and Brenda becomes little more than Yvonne's body servant. Wabe eventually woos Brenda away, ensconces her in a luxurious houseboat, and publicizes her, through modeling, as "the face of the Seventies." As Yvonne's career begins to wane, Tove throws a publicity party in the Post Office Tower's revolving restaurant. Brenda arrives with Tom and, appalled by what she and Yvonne have become, short circuits the tower and sets the restaurant spinning so fast that the generator explodes and blacks out an entire section of London. Reunited, Yvonne and Brenda sneak out and wander the darkened streets, knowing they are now ready to return to the North Country.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 Dec 1967
Production Company
Partisan Film Productions; Selmur Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

I'm glad I'm just a pussy!
- Brenda
He's got an awfully nice speaking voice when he's not pretending to be common.
- Yvonne

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in London. Opened in London in December 1967.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States December 1967

Released in United States Winter December 1967

c Eastmancolor

8640 feet

Released in United States December 1967

Released in United States Winter December 1967