A Weekend with Lulu

A Weekend with Lulu is a 1961 British black and white comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Phillips, Alfred Marks, Shirley Eaton and Irene Handl.[1][2]

A Weekend with Lulu
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byMichael Carreras(executive producer)
Ted Lloyd
Screenplay byTed Lloyd
Story byTed Lloyd
Val Valentine
StarringBob Monkhouse
Leslie Phillips
Alfred Marks
Shirley Eaton
Irene Handl
Music byRuss Conway
CinematographyKen Hodges
Edited byJames Needs
Tom Simpson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 10 April 1961 (1961-04-10) (United Kingdom)
  • 1 November 1961 (1961-11-01) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Young couple Timothy (Leslie Phillips) and Deirdre (Shirley Eaton) plan a romantic weekend on the coast in a caravan, called "Lulu", owned by the brother of their pal Fred (Bob Monkhouse) and which Fred will tow with his ice cream van, as he will be working selling ice cream over the weekend. When Deidre's mother (Irene Handl) insists on going along as her daughter's chaperone, Timothy's plans are somewhat compromised. Then a train ferry mix-up lands the holidaymakers deep in France without passports or money. As they try to get back to England, they encounter a variety of problems, and end up being pursued across country by the French police.


Critical reception

Britmovie called the film a "Breezy farce spiced with Gallic wisecracks...Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Phillips and Alfred Marks play off each other energetically, whilst Irene Handl is wonderful as the interfering busybody."[3] TV Guide gave it two out of four stars, calling it "An enjoyable comedy."[4]


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