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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
Kid, do yourself a favour.
You know what - Arpels. Forget him. Stand him up. Go home and curl up with a good book.
Gee, everybody's getting at me, like I'm a juvenile delinquent or something.
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.
Well, I'm not a baby anymore. Gee, Miss Midnight, this is the chance I've been waiting for.
I know. I even know the dialogue: "Baby, I ...
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"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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