Desert Island Collins
Miss Sadie Patch (Joan Collins - These Old Broads) comes from a well to do family and is a bit of a spoilt snob, especially when it comes to looking down her nose at the other passengers and crew on a cruise ship she is travelling on. Trouble for Sadie is that after the boat runs in to a bit of a difficulty she finds herself in a lifeboat with Pat (Kenneth More - Genevieve), a boozing Irish Stoker, Jimmy (George Cole - Laughter in Paradise), who after losing his job is less than polite, and also Professor Gibble (Robertson Hare). And when they end up washing ashore on a desert island Sadie finds herself having to deal with each of the men who fancy their chances with her.
Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub and Joan Collins playing a snooty little madam. Yes they end up on an island but that is essentially what "Our Girl Friday" is all about as we have Sadie dealing with the older academic, the happy-go-lucky stoker and the grumpy Jimmy all finding themselves falling for her whilst also trying to survive on this island until they are rescued. I wish I could say there is more to "Our Girl Friday" when it comes to the plot but it is that simple with Sadie ending up having enough of the men and taking charge herself.
As such what "Our Girl Friday" ends up being about is the four distinct characters and the way they become close. As such you have Robertson Hare doing educated and acting superior, George Cole doing everyday but with a waspish nature to the way he talks to others. Then there is Kenneth More who delivers an entertaining performance of a happy go lucky stoker but goodness knows what that accent is meant to be as it is all over the place. Plus there is Joan Collins who delivers snooty with a wonderful comical air and, let's be honest, looks drop dead gorgeous in a make shift bikini. The thing is that the interaction between the characters whilst amusing some times ends up too forced with it often feeling like some of the actors were saying their lines but not playing off of each other.
What this all boils down to is that "Our Girl Friday" is a fun little movie which broken down in to parts is amusing but as a whole doesn't quite come together as well as it could have.