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Herbert Kretzmer (screenplay)
Harry Lee (original idea)
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Release Date:
16 April 1960 (West Germany) See more »
The sizzler you read about in Playboy magazine! It strips the secrets from the intimate key clubs.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jayne Mansfield ... Midnight Franklin

Leo Genn ... Johnny Solo
Karlheinz Böhm ... Robert Jouvel (as Carl Boehm)

Christopher Lee ... Novak
Danik Patisson ... Lilliane Decker

Patrick Holt ... Inspector West
Kai Fischer ... Cynthia

Barbara Windsor ... Ponytail
Penny Morrell ... Terry
Katherine Keeton ... Melody
Susan Denny ... Marjorie
Judith Bruce ... Maureen (as Judy Bruce)

Elizabeth Wilson ... Jacki
Shari Kahn ... Jungle
Sheldon Lawrence ... Diamonds Dielli
Martin Boddey ... Mr. Arpels
John Salew ... Moeller
Tom Bowman ... Flash Gordon
Ian Fleming ... Pawnbroker
Bill McGuffie ... Piano player
Michael Balfour ... Tourist guide
Larry Taylor ... Mouth
June Elvin ... Hostess
Morton Lowry ... Dinelli's driver
Robin Chapman ... Priest
Martin Sterndale ... Editor
Harry Lane ... Muscles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Smith
Pauline Chamberlain ... Stripper at Audition (uncredited)
Lou Eather ... Dancer (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Man Waking Past Pink Flamingo Club (uncredited)
Boyd MacKenzie ... Dancer (uncredited)
Monica Marshall ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ken Martyne ... Dancer (uncredited)
Toni Palmer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brian Tucker ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Young 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herbert Kretzmer  screenplay
Harry Lee  original idea

Produced by
John Evans .... associate producer
C.P. Hamilton Marshall .... producer
Ronald Rietti .... associate producer
Selim Cattan .... producer (uncredited)
Phil C. Samuel .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Eric Spear 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller 
Film Editing by
Lito Carruthers 
Art Direction by
Alan Withy 
Set Decoration by
Freda Pearson 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson (dresses)
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Iris Tilley .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Lang .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Michael Meighan .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Douglas Twiddy .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Olga Lehmann .... scenic designer
Sound Department
Ernest Hosler .... dubbing editor (as Ernie Hosler)
A. Charles Knott .... sound mixer (as Charles Knott)
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... animated superimposition (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Dawes .... grip
Denis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe mistress
Music Department
The British Film Orchestra .... music performed by
Eric Spear .... conductor
Eric James .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Devis .... choreographer
Kay Mander .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Playgirl After Dark" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Portugal:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating)

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Diamonds Dielli:That's a very nice dress you nearly got on. I like it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) (V)See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
much too much too hot to handle!, 19 September 2004
Author: gnb from Berlin

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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