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What Mad Pursuit? (1985)


Tony Smith


Noël Coward (story) (as Noel Coward), Stanley Price (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Louise Steinhauser
Imogen Bickford-Smith Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Bright Eyes Murphy
Helen Blizard Helen Blizard ... Leonie Crane
Sarah Brackett ... Lady at Literary Luncheon
Jane Carr ... Irene Marlow
Valerie Colgan Valerie Colgan ... Lady at Literary Luncheon
Neil Cunningham Neil Cunningham ... Lester Gage
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... Evan Lorrimer
Rita Davies ... Lady at Literary Luncheon
Sandra Dickinson ... Delia Hughes-Hitchcock
David Gilliam ... Dwight Mac Adoo
Haydn Gwynne ... Shirley Benedict
Helen Horton ... Mrs. Loomis
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Don Wilson
Bradley Lavelle ... Tim Murphy


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24 November 1985 (UK) See more »


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GBP400,000 (estimated)
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a quiet time on the Island
8 May 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Based on a Noel Coward story, "What Mad Pursuit" a successful British author, Evan (Paul Daneman) who is somewhat set in his ways, is encouraged by socialite Louise Steinhauser (Carroll Baker) to stay at her home on Long Island for some peace and quiet during his book tour.

She gives him the quiet room, but he has to share a bathroom with one of her friends, Lester (Neil Cunningham) who marches into his room, wants a drink, and calls him "Darling" and "Honey". Evan isn't one to go with the flow. The quiet room turns out to have foghorns blaring all night so he wakes up exhausted.

The next quiet day Louise has a crowd in and then she and Evan go to someone else's house for lunch, which doesn't end until well into the night. Desperate, he sneaks out into a car and lies down, only to realize there are two lesbians in the car pouring their hearts out. So much for a quiet weekend.

At first I didn't recognize Carroll Baker, but as soon as she opened her mouth, I knew who it was. She looks beautiful and does a nice job of being the confused Louise, whose husband lurks around the house (at one point ending up in Evan's bathroom with a blond), when she is in love with someone else.

The rest of the cast is good, with a hilarious concert by a so-called singer (Jane Carr), a gossip columnist, and assorted guests.

You really feel for Evan trying to sneak away from these nuts. Paul Daneman is just right as the somewhat stodgy writer who needs his eight hours.

Fun, adapted by Stanley Price.

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