Cook and Moore bring on board director Stanley Donen who was previously known for musicals like Singin in the Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Funny Face (1957) and Damn Yankees (1958) and frothy romantic comedies like Charade (1966) and Arabesque (1967). The American-born Donen proves adept at the capturing the singularly scathing bite of British comedy. There is some wittily absurd nonsense a vision of trampolining nuns is the film at its most surreal. Peter Cook writes himself all the best lines as the nonchalantly malicious, Cockney-accented Devil, who cheerfully rips the last pages out of Agatha Christie thrillers, expires parking meters with a snap of his fingers and spills an old ladys groceries just to create mischief.
Dudley Moore, whose only real range as a comic was playing a bumbling twit is, as always, the point where the wit careens over into a certain bumbling buffoonery. Raquel Welch is cast as Lust, a part at which she, beyond her supremely suited physical qualifications, lacks any discernible sign of animation.
Bedazzled is not a masterpiece but it is certainly better than the awful American remake Bedazzled (2000), which featured Brendan Fraser in the Dudley Moore part and Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil and missed the originals black comic bite by miles.
Stanley Donens other genre outings was the musical Damn Yankees (1958) about a man signing a pact with The Devil to help his baseball team win; The Little Prince (1974), a fable about an alien boy; and the killer robot science-fiction film Saturn 3 (1980).