Cinema: A British Threesome

The Leather Boys, made in England in 1963, offers still another slice of working-class misery, teeming with crises over teen-age marriage, lonely old age, youthful disengagement and incipient homosexuality. Though its plot ought to guarantee mediocrity, this colorful catchall of familiar problems turns out to be a prime showcase for some very splashy talent.

Topping the film's unholy triangle, Rita Tushingham deserts her waif roles to play a strident Teddy girl, sexwise and pound-foolish. Partly because housewifery sounds easier than getting a job, she marries a boyish motorcycle enthusiast, Colin Campbell. Their formal...

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