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This film is a wonderful summary of hypocritical late fifties cinema. Purporting to reveal the sordid life of the prostitute but revelling in the sleaze and violence. From the opening lecture from *Fabian * of the Yard, to a climactic roof fight, every cliche about girls on the game is flung at the viewer. Poor Diana Dors and Herbert Lom try, but are done in by the florid script and dull direction. Spot Michael Caine in a bit part at the wedding.
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Gritty and hard-hitting story starring Diana Dors, dealing with the
profession of prostitution.
An unusual Film - Taxi Drivers versus the Pimps! One of Diana Dors' biggest Movies and most dramatic performances of her career during the fifties - co-starring Herbert Lom as the cowardly Pimp who comes to a sticky end.
Dors plays a reluctant prostitute, but life takes a turn for the better after she witnesses her kid sister destroyed by the profession - along with the involvement of a new 'recruit' whose fate mirrors that of her tragic sister. Vicky (Dors) gets her revenge on Nick (Lom) when the whole operation is blown apart by a group of meddling Taxi Drivers.
This Film may seem a little confusing at the beginning, but stick with it - you'll be glad that you did! It's an exciting and dramatic story - fast-paced with a great climax at the end, and includes some dramatic moments along the way. Brenda de Banzie gives a chilling portrayal of the woman with the 'twin' personality. Eddie Constantine plays the hero in this with solid determination. After seeing this Movie, it will leave the Viewer with the question; is there really such wonderful and heroic guys as Johnny McVey? The world could certainly do with a few of them!
Look out for a young Joan Sims and an early brief appearance of Ann Reid (Coronation Street) plus Michael Caine!
Great Film and long overdue for Video and DVD release.
Among the sundry delights to be found in this British white slavery
sexpose is the gonzo turn by Herbert Lom. As London's mac daddy supreme
Nick Biaggi, Lom is a sight to behold, a horn-doggie dandy in homburg,
lapel carnation and spats (au courant fashion be damned). He's low-key
at first, oozing oily charm and generosity, the better to bamboozle
naive French waif Odile Versois, who's been lured into a life of shame
by Lom's field procurer/mamasan/mistress Brenda De Banzie. But behind
closed doors it's a whole 'nother Herb. Channeling his inner Michael
Gough, he's all over Odile like a cheap suit, manhandling her love
handles and assaulting her face with wet, slobbering kisses. It's truly
an unhinged spectacle; even Lom's toupee looks like it has an erection.
Also in the house: affable tough guy Eddie Constantine as the world's least likely Canadian, the always welcome Robert Brown (Tumak's dad in One Million Years B.C., 'M' in the Bond films of the '80s) as a two-fisted cabbie who rouses his fellow hacks to do battle with the 'ho-mongers, Diana Dors, poured into bum-busting skirts and Frederick's of Soho lingerie, as a hooker with a score to settle, and, as the groom at a wedding party, a remarkably young Michael Caine.
All this plus a wacky weed-induced dream scene that must be seen to be disbelieved.
Lowdown high times guaranteed.
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A pre-credit introduction by Fabian of the 'Yard' attempts to sell this as an expose of vice with special reference to human trafficking - very relevant today - but it quickly segues into just another girl-in-jeopardy thriller in which vice is only peripheral. The first fifth shows how easy it is for an innocent and naive girl to be recruited and groomed though one would have to question how any girl falsely accused of stealing a few francs from the till would be so scared to return to France and face a few francs fine. Having framed the pigeon (Odile Versois) Herbert Lom and Brenda de Banzie need a work permit for her and that's where taxi driver Eddie Constantine comes in. Also 'befriended' by Lom he is persuaded to go through a marriage of convenience with Versois who is then whisked away. Then, in a completely unexplained and inexplicable turnabout Constantine begins to worry about Versois and attempts to track her down. From then on it's just another guy looking for a girl and building to a climax straight out of Hue and Cry except for kids read cabbies. Enjoyable tosh with sightings of Lana Morris, Joan Collins and Michael Caine.
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