I must have been in the right mood when I saw Butterfield 8, because I enjoyed it even when it was plain awful.The script had some hilariously bad lines, and Lawrence Harvey enunciated everything so carefully, I was aware of all of them. Liz Taylor made a better fist of it (I always forget that she could act). This film is notorious in Oscar folklore for winning Taylor her first Oscar. No one at the time considered the film very good, it was the timing - Taylor received a tracheotomy just after Oscar ballots were mailed to voters.
Butterfield 8 boasts a likeable supporting cast (including Eddie Fisher as Taylor’s caring friend, with whom she shares a refreshingly platonic relationship). The film - despite wanting to be daringly sexy - had a very timid and pious moral ending.The lasting images are actually Taylor and her costumes and hair. She picked the designers she wanted as a condition of making this MGM contract-fulfilment picture (which - incidentally - she hated). Also memorable are the colours of the various apartments and hotels and clubs.