Work Is a Four Letter Word


1h 33m 1968

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 25 Sep 1968
Production Company
Cavalcade Films; Universal Pictures, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Eh? by Henry Livings (London, 29 Oct 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Val Brose, a young man living in a highly automated future world, is interested only in growing mushrooms. His fiancée, Betty Dorrick, and her mother fear that Val will never take his place in society. When Betty insists that Val get a job, he obtains a position in the power station because he is attracted by the dark, damp working conditions which he believes will be perfect for his new strain of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Meanwhile, Betty has been anxiously making plans for their wedding. Soon after the ceremony, however, he takes her to see his mushrooms; Betty becomes disconcerted by Val's strange preoccupation with the plants and leaves her new husband. Val then decides to make certain changes in the generating operation in order for his mushrooms to have optimal conditions for growth. Dr. Narayana, an Indian in charge of the plant, learns of these unauthorized changes, but he is unable to catch Val in a mad chase around the boilers. Eventually, the entire plant grinds to a halt, and the lights of the city go out. Before he can be caught, Val tosses some of the mushrooms to his pursuers, who sample them and become so euphoric that they urge Dr. Narayana to destroy the power plant. Val and Betty, now reconciled, leave for the forest with a baby carriage full of mushrooms.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 25 Sep 1968
Production Company
Cavalcade Films; Universal Pictures, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Eh? by Henry Livings (London, 29 Oct 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

I'm going to tell God on you!
- Valentine Brose

Trivia

Notes

Opened in London in June 1968.