The Likely Lad

  • Paul Moody


Cohen’s core output is analysed in this chapter, covering many of the most successful comedy films of the 1970s, including Frankie Howerd’s Up series, Percy and its sequel, Percy’s Progress, and several sitcom films, including both Steptoe and Son spin-offs. Cohen also developed major interventions in two other genres during this period, both of which are analysed here: the thriller films Villain and Fear is the Key, and a series of music-themed vehicles for leading 1970s pop stars Roy Harper, Cliff Richard, and David Essex, whose Stardust is presented as a pivotal film in EMI’s history, which was a catalyst to its eventual shift into transnational production.

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  • Paul Moody
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  1. 1.Brunel University LondonLondonUK

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