If it weren't for the song by The Seekers, a major hit of late 1966-early 1967, one wonders if this film would be as well known as it still seems to be. Georgy Girl was one of the new British comedies that mostly replaced the old "kitchen sink films" as Britain not only came out of its long postwar recovery but also found itself a center of the new pop culture of the Sixties. Films like The Knack, Morgan , Darling, Georgy Girl and even Blow Up,showed a new, hip Britain centered on London rather than the North Country and thnat recent phenomenon, Swinging London, often intruded itself into them.
Such is Georgy Girl, a comedy that mixes the household of wealthy James Leamington (James Mason)with the daughter of his manservant and her swinging roommate. At the mansion, James has a sick wife who spends most of her time in bed, while his servant and sometimes drinking friend Ted runs the household. His daughter, Georgy , teaches a dayschool for young children upstairs but lives in her own flat. georgy is rather overweight and frumpy, but gets along wonderfully with children, which seems to be her calling. She has self confidence and image issues as shown by the hilarious intro, accompanied by the title song in which she gets a fashionable new hairdo only to undo it in the Underground ladies room. Her situation is complicated by the fact that she lives with a drop dead gorgeous, Mary Quant clad roommate, Meredith (wonderfully played by newcomer Charlotte Rampling), who is perpetually bored and complaining. At the same time Georgy finds herself pursued by Mr. Leamington and getting closer with Meredith's carefree, clownish boyfriend, Jos (Alan Bates)
It's the cast that really makes this film. James Mason is perfect as the unhappy and frustrated Leamington, a master British actor at the peak of his form. The young trio were all fairly new at this point, which makes it particularly special that they worked so well together as an ensemble. It's definitely from another time. i wonder how many people now will find Leamington's attraction to Georgy "inappropriate" in today's atmosphere, especially since James Mason was made up to look at least ten years older than he was. Though Georgy is intended to be an entirely sympathetic character, some people today think she can only relate to children and has difficulty with adults. How times change.
This still is a worthwhile film, and the comedy is timeless enough to make it as funny today as it was in 1966. The song was not just a theme son but is heard here and there throughout the film commenting on the plot and characters.
Interesting footnote: Leamington's semi-invalid wife Ellen, was played by Rachel Kempton, lynne Redgrave's real life mother.