Another period piece gets the reissue treatment. This time Twinky, a lighthearted tale of love across an age gap in the swinging sixties.
It stars Susan George as Sybil Londonderry, also known as Twinky, a 16-year-old naive and excitable schoolgirl who falls for an older man – the 38-year-old Scott Wardman (played surprisingly by Charles Bronson), an American author of ‘adult’ fiction, writing his latest novel in London.
Twinky’s parents discover her fling with the author through entries in her diary and with Wardman’s visa about to expire (and questions about the legality of their relationship – something the film rather sidesteps), the couple decide to rush off to Scotland for a quickie wedding, then head for the US to start a new life.
What starts as an idyllic existence hits the rocks as soon as they hit the US, with Twinky forced to re-enter school life and Wardman under pressure to make money for them to live independently. And with both living separate lives, they come to realise that the marriage might have been a mistake.
It’s no classic, but it’s certainly entertaining. Susan George (then 18) is excellent as the schoolgirl bride, Bronson does well in a role that doesn’t involve a gun. And there’s a great support cast, including Honor Blackman as Twinky’s mother, Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins, Lionel Jeffries and Trevor Howard. There’s also some cool period scenery – check out Wardman’s London apartment and the couple’s place in New York, along with some cool sixties fashions to enjoy. There’s also some fine quirky pop throughout, courtesy of ex-carry On star Jim Dale.
If you go for the swinging London flicks, this is worth checking out at the budget price. It’s unlikely to make your top 10 list, but it will provide a pleasant diversion for 90 minutes.
Extras on the DVD:
Susan George interview from 1975