Billy Liar

Billy Liar (1963), the film, not the song, has an interesting pedigree that starts with someone reading James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and thinking "that's a really great story, I should steal that." That implies that I've something against author Keith Waterhouse or director John Schlesinger or their work. I totally don't. Stealing plot devices and reimagining them in new settings is a valuable creative tool.