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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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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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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Midnight Franklin: Kid, do yourself a favour.
Ponytail: What?
Midnight Franklin: You know what - Arpels. Forget him. Stand him up. Go home and curl up with a good book.
Ponytail: Gee, everybody's getting at me, like I'm a juvenile delinquent or something.
Midnight Franklin: They're only trying to do what's best for you, Ponytail. I know there's not enough milk of human kindness around here to fill a baby's bottle, but there is a little.
Ponytail: Well, I'm not a baby anymore. Gee, Miss Midnight, this is the chance I've been waiting for.
Midnight Franklin: I know. I even know the dialogue: "Baby, I ...
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Too Hot To Handle
Music and Lyrics by Eric Spear
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (uncredited) and an uncredited vocal group over main titles
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Multi-faceted treatment of a Soho striptease club
20 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Too Hot to Handle" in a widescreen (but still black and white) version has popped up on the internet. That prompted me to look at this Britnoir again that is set in a striptease club in Soho. It features well-staged dance/striptease numbers, all without nudity. They are on the mild side except for a number done by Danik Patisson that is quite erotic.

The story is not focused sharply. It's more a case of subplots in the club, sort of a "Grand Hotel" approach. The main characters are the club owner, Leo Genn, his manager, Christopher Lee, and his manager of the girls and acts, Jayne Mansfield, who also is a performer. She does two complete songs and acts. Genn's club competes with that of Sheldon Lawrence across the street. In one subplot, Lawrence conspires with Lee against Genn, leading to some violent confrontations. Another subplot concerns Genn's hiring of a below-age girl (Barbara Windsor) against the warnings of Lee and Mansfield. One of Genn's backers likes young girls. A third subplot has a reporter, Karlheinz Böhm, doing a story on the club and falling for the distant Danik Patisson. She has some trouble as an immigrant or illegal. Another subplot has Mansfield attracted to Genn and trying to get him to reciprocate by a commitment that goes beyond the bedroom. They have this and other differences, but Genn is stubborn. Quite a bit of screen time is given over to showing Mansfield doing her job and the women with their wisecracks and squabbles.

All these subplots are resolved handily by the time the film ends.

The cast is attractive and does a good job. The movie doesn't come across as exploitation. It's more a Britnoir, which typically is noir with a lighter touch. Mansfield easily keeps up with the veteran actor, Genn. When I am not looking at her remarkable figure, I see an intelligent and talented woman with a very pretty face; and I always feel sad at her premature demise.


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