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1958 (USA) See more »
Some men don't understand a GOOD-TIME GIRL!
An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death. | Add synopsis »
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Diana Dors steams up the screen as Calico! See more (8 total) »


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Diana Dors ... Calico

George Baker ... Johnny Mansell
Terence Morgan ... Dave Mansell
Patrick Allen ... Paddy Ryan
Jane Griffiths ... Sylvia
Joseph Tomelty ... Joe Ryan
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant Lamb
Russell Napier ... Potter
Norman Macowan ... Danny (as Norman MacOwan)
Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Finnegan (as Maureen Delany)
Betty Warren ... Flo
Chris Fay ... Eric Downs
Terry Baker ... Young Rough
Timothy Bateson ... Fletcher
John Salew ... Pawnbroker
Michael Golden ... St. John's Ambulance Man
George Merritt ... Timekeeper
Jack McNaughton ... Workman (as Jack MacNaughton)

Andrew Keir ... Inspector Harris
Hal Osmond ... Flatcap
Norman Pierce ... Publican
Patrick Crean ... Blue Blazer
Sandra Francis ... Linda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Kerwin ... Michael (uncredited)
Wilfrid Lawson ... Holroyd (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parry 
Writing credits
Jack Popplewell (play "Blind Alley")

George Minter (screenplay) and
Denis O'Dell (screenplay)

Produced by
George Minter .... executive producer
Denis O'Dell .... producer
Original Music by
Tristram Cary 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Elven Webb 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey 
Makeup Department
Joan Smallwood .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
Sound Department
Red Law .... sound recordist
Fred Ryan .... sound recordist (as F.H. Ryan)
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Verity .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Ken Jones .... composer: source music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Hymns .... assistant to producer
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating)

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Calico:You can say what you like to me but you can't change me, and you can't hurt me. I've no pride where you're concerned and I don't give up easily. Remember, I come from a slum. From the gutter where it's quite a step up even to the pavement. I never had a home...See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Diana Dors steams up the screen as Calico!, 5 February 2005
Author: wayne138-1 from London, England

This is a good little crime thriller, set "up north", with Diana Dors playing the sexy vamp (or is that tramp?) girlfriend, Calico, of Terence Morgan's staid little office worker, Dave. Things heat up when his shady, and much better-looking, brother Johnny, played by George Baker, arrives from London on the run from "the boys", and there is an instant attraction between him and Calico. She hatches a plan to get the two brothers to rob the safe where her boyfriend works, and that's when things begin to take off. Calico is a hostess in a club/dance-hall/dive, similar to today's hostesses' in lap/pole/table dancing clubs but minus the nudity! She looks completely out of place in the grim surroundings and looks more suited to London/Soho, which is where she may really want to be.

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