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Playgirl After Dark (1960)

Too Hot to Handle (original title)
A French reporter working on a steamy story about the secret strip joints found in London's Soho district becomes involved in the lives of the owner and star of a famous club.

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Cast

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Midnight Franklin
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Johnny Solo
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Robert Jouvel (as Carl Boehm)
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Novak
Danik Patisson ...
Lilliane Decker
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Inspector West
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Cynthia
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Ponytail
Penny Morrell ...
Terry
Katherine Keeton ...
Melody
Susan Denny ...
Marjorie
Judith Bruce ...
Maureen (as Judy Bruce)
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Jacki
Shari Kahn ...
Jungle
Sheldon Lawrence ...
Diamonds Dielli
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In London's Soho, Johnny Solo runs the Pink Flamingo Club. He's tough to intimidate. So when he starts getting threats and demands for protection, he fights back. Behind the takeover plot is a competitor, Diamonds Dielli. Midnight Franklin, who's Johnny's girlfriend and one of the club's headliners, wants to get Johnny out of the business. In the background are a sadistic client, an underage chorus girl, a wisecracking siren who's not averse to rough trade, a visiting journalist, and a dancer who guards her past. Can Johnny win the struggle with Diamonds, and can Midnight get him out of harm's way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The sizzler you read about in Playboy magazine! It strips the secrets from the intimate key clubs.

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16 April 1960 (West Germany)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Diamonds Dielli: That's a very nice dress you nearly got on. I like it.
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Connections

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Midnight
Music by Bill McGuffie
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much too much too much...to hot to handle!
19 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

After the Hollywood successes of 'The Girl Can't Help It' and 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter', 20th Century Fox were at a loss as to what to do with the outlandish personality of Jayne Mansfield. So, as a way of making some quick cash out of their star without having to put her in a picture, they often loaned her out for cheapo European productions such as this B-movie pot-boiler filmed in England.

However, the finished results are surprisingly good. Jayne Mansfield puts in an incredibly accomplished turn as jaded stripper Midnight Franklin. Jayne acts so well in this movie - she really gives a great impression of someone who can turn on the sexy, sleazy charm of a showgirl on stage whilst being disillusioned and fearful behind the scenes. Her pep-talk to a young Barbara Windsor is quite rightly often highlighted as the high-point of Jayne's dramatic career.

The story is at times a little muddled but is well acted by a solid supporting cast including Christopher Lee, Leo Genn and Karl Bohm and is presented in a seedy, gritty manner befitting the film's seedy setting of London strip joints. The only complaint I could make about the movie and its setting is that in basing the film around strip joints the limitations of what could be shown due to censorship laws (this was 1960 after all) are painfully obvious as all we are left with are several musical numbers of supposed strippers writing around more or less fully clothed. Although, it is not absolutely necessary to make this movie a sordid nude-fest I think it is obvious how strict censorship was in those days given what little nudity we actually get to see. And why feature so many 'strip' numbers anyway...?

All in all this is a pretty good movie and worth a look to see Jayne Mansfield flexing her acting muscles. The version I managed to track down on video is unfortunately in black and white and with a rather poor sound mix but catch it if you can!


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