Naive Scotsman Murdoch Troon (Stanley Baxter), an enthusiastic member of the local cycling club, is involved in an accident with wealthy and arrogant businessman Commander Charles Chingford (James Robertson Justice), who hates both cyclists and Scotsmen.
Murdoch then meets Chingford’s beautiful blonde daughter, Claire (Julie Christie) and is instantly smitten. She persuades him to give up his bicycle and buy a sports car.
He buys a vintage 1927 Bentley ex-racing car – the “fast lady” of the title – in order to impress her.
Now he must learn to drive and pass his test within a week before his first date with Claire. He also needs to win over her autocratic and domineering old father who has taken a distinct dislike to the young Scotsman.
Leslie Phillips co-stars as Freddie Fox, Murdoch’s used car salesman friend – and fellow boarder with Mrs Staggers (Kathleen Harrison) – who sells him The Fast Lady.
The Fast Lady is a gentle mix of romantic comedy and slapstick, featuring a never-ending smorgasbord of cameos from British comedy greats – particularly in the closing chase with a group of bank robbers in a Mk VII Jag – including Eric Barker, Deryck Guyler, Dick Emery, Frankie Howerd, Bernard Cribbins and Clive Dunn. Motor racing legends Graham Hill and John Surtees appear in one of Murdoch’s dreams.
This was the second of four 1960’s British comedy films featuring Stanley Baxter, James Robertson Justice, and Leslie Phillips. The others were Very Important Person (1961), Crooks Anonymous (1962) and Father Came Too (1963).
With the exception of the latter, all were directed by Ken Annakin, who later made Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.
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