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Sidney J. FurieLife and Films$
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Daniel Kremer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165967

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.001.0001

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Man’s Favorite Sport

Man’s Favorite Sport

(p.55) Chapter 4 Man’s Favorite Sport
Sidney J. Furie

Daniel Kremer

University Press of Kentucky

Furie, offered the chance to direct the next Cliff Richard picture, Summer Holiday (1963), chooses instead another British realist film project, The Leather Boys (1963), based on a novel by Gillian Freeman (under the nom de plume Eliot George) and produced by Raymond Stross. The novel is about two leather-clad young men in a motorcycle fraternity who fall in love with each other. Furie used structured improvisation to rewrite the script to fit the dialogue around the actors’ mouths. This was unusual for the era, and Furie was at odds with the producer, who wanted a slightly more exploitation-friendly picture. The Leather Boys opens well for critics and audiences after a delayed release. As a favor to Cliff Richard film producer Kenneth Harper, Furie takes a job directing the next Cliff picture, Wonderful Life (1964), in lieu of an offer to direct A Hard Day’s Night. The latter royally trumps the former at the box office, as Wonderful Life is not nearly as successful at the box office as The Young Ones.

Keywords:   Gay, motorcycle, improvisation, British realism, kitchen sink drama, Canary Islands

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