Not Now, Darling (film)

Not Now, Darling is a 1973 British comedy film adapted from the 1967 play of the same title by John Chapman and Ray Cooney. The plot is a farce centered on a shop in central London that sells fur coats. A loosely related sequel Not Now, Comrade was released in 1976.

Not Now, Darling
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Directed byRay Cooney
David Croft
Written byJohn Chapman
Ray Cooney
StarringLeslie Phillips
Ray Cooney
Julie Ege
Bill Fraser
Moira Lister
Derren Nesbitt
Joan Sims
Barbara Windsor
Jack Hulbert
Cicely Courtneidge
CinematographyAlan Hume
John Rook
Edited byPeter Thornton
Music byCyril Ornadel
Distributed byLMG Film Productions
Dimension Pictures
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was the last film to feature appearances by Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert who had been a leading celebrity couple in the 1930s and 1940s.


Gilbert Bodley (Leslie Phillips) plans to sell an expensive mink to mobster Harry McMichaell (Derren Nesbitt), dirt cheap, for his wife Janie (Julie Ege). Janie is Gilbert's mistress, and Gilbert wants to "close the deal." However, instead of doing his own dirty work, he gets his reluctant partner Arnold Crouch (Ray Cooney) to do it for him. Things go awry when Harry plans to buy the same coat for his own mistress, Sue Lawson (Barbara Windsor), and the whole plan fails.



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