The much-loved Dudley Moore starred as shy nightclub pianist and composer Rupert Street, who is determined to write a hit musical masterpiece and marry the ideal wife – all within a six-week deadline (the date of his fast-looming 30th birthday).
Dud (who also wrote and performed the film’s jazzy score) falls in love with his lovely new neighbour, teacher Louise Hammond, played by supreme 60’s dolly bird Suzy Kendall – who subsequently became Dudley’s first real-life wife.
In search of inspiration for his musical, Rupert and his faithful friend Oscar (Eddie Foy Jr) travel to Ireland where from the lips of a dying man they hear the incredible tale of ‘The Golden Legend Of Erin’, which begins with the words “long, long ago, when there were still snakes in Ireland . . .”
Rupert uses the story as the basis for his show, but on returning to London finds Louise has grown tired of waiting for him and moved out of Mrs Woolley’s boarding house.
Desperate to find and marry her before his 30th birthday, Rupert hires private eye Herbert Greenslade (John Bird) to find her.
Eddie Foy Jr
Hon. Gavin Hopton
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