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This familiar story of an older man/younger woman is surprisingly
hard-edged. Bikers, hippies, free love and jail bait mix surprisingly
well in this forgotten black-and-white indie effort. Lead actress
Patricia Wymer, as the titular "Candy," gives the finest performance of
her career (spanning all of 3 drive-in epics). Wymer was precocious and
fetching in THE YOUNG GRADUATES (1971), but gives a more serious
performance in THE BABYSITTER. The occasional violence and periodic
nudity are somewhat surprising, but well-handled by the director. Leads
Wymer and George E. Carey sell the May/December romance believably.
There are enough similarities between THE BABYSITTER and THE YOUNG
GRADUATES to make one wonder if the same director helmed the latter
film as well. Patricia Wymer, where are you?
Hailing from Seattle, WA, Miss Wymer had appeared as a dancer on the TV rock and roll show MALIBU U, before gracing the cover (as well as appearing in an eight-page spread) of the August, 1968 issue of "Best For Men," a tasteful adults-only magazine. She also appeared as a coven witch in the popular 1969 cult drive-in shocker THE WITCHMAKER.
THE BABYSITTER has finally made its home video debut, as part of the eight-film BCI box set DRIVE-IN CULT CLASSICS vol. 3, which is available from Amazon.com and some retail stores such as Best Buy.
Late 2011 update: the original camera negatives for THE BABYSITTER were found! Code Red released a far superior DVD of the film, mastered from the uncut negatives. It was available via direct mail order with Code Red, and occasionally on Amazon.com.
I watched The Babysitter as part of BCI Eclipse' Drive-in Cult Classics
(featuring Crown International Pictures releases) on DVD. I think it is
a very good film.
This movie packs a lot of story into a very short time. You have hippies, rock music, bikers, lesbians, sexual impropriety, blackmail, and murder, all in one spot!
The lead actors do a credible job. And, I found the intricately woven plot to be believable and interesting.
However, the supporting cast, primarily the bikers, delivers a stilted performance, particularly when asked to deliver lines with more than just a few words. Perhaps they used real bikers, instead of actors. A couple of the characters, in particular, were exceptionally believable.
The musical score is absolutely spot-on, for the times, the tempo, and for moving the story forward. I found the music a real treat. I noticed in the opening credits that the movie featured the music of "The Food," I googled them; but, couldn't find anything...
In any case, George E. Carey who wrote, produced and starred in this movie liked the idea so much (of a wayward married man brought to redemption through trials and tribulation; and, a little help - of course) that he wrote, produced and starred in "Weekend with the Babysitter."
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Frustrated middle-aged Deputy District Attorney George Maxwell (a fine performance by George E. Carey, who also produced this picture) can't stand his naggy, frigid wife Edith (a perfectly bitchy Anne Bellamy) anymore. Worse yet, poor George is further saddled with a newborn baby sun and a lascivious lesbian teenage daughter (dishy brunette Sheri Jackson). George has an adulterous fling with lovely, enticing and free-spirited swinging hippie babysitter Candy Wilson (delightfully played with sexy aplomb by yummy blonde knockout Patricia Wymer). Complications ensue when George finds himself being blackmailed by the bitter Julia Freeman (a nicely venomous turn by Kathy Williams), who wants George to spring her psychotic biker boyfriend Laurence Mackey (a frightening Robert Tessier, who sports a head full of hair here) from jail. Director Tom Laughlin (yep, the same dude who portrayed Billy Jack!) and screenwriter James McLarty cram the splendidly seamy story with a winning and highly entertaining surplus of delicious female nudity, sizzling soft-core sex, and raw violence. Moreover, they accurately peg the whole wild'n'easy uninhibited sensibility of the 60's youth culture and relate the plot in a tight 75 minute running time, thus ensuring that this movie doesn't overstay its welcome. One definite highlight occurs when Candy invites her groovy friends over the Maxwells house for an impromptu basement bash complete with pot smoking, wailing rock music, and, of course, hot naked dancing chicks. Robert O. Ragland's funky score hits the gnarly spot. Stanton Fox's stark black and white cinematography adds an extra gritty edge to the deliriously sleazy goings-on. Best of all, this flick rates as a marvelous showcase for the utterly charming and fresh-faced pixie Patricia Wymer, who positively lights up the screen with her sweet, bubbly personality and captivating beauty. A total trashy treat.
Babysitter, The (1969)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Fairly crazy drive-in flick has the future D.A. (George E. Carey) about to take on an important case of a biker killing a woman. He's having trouble at home with his unloving wife (Anne Bellamy) but soon finds comfort with his underage babysitter Candy (Patricia Wymer). The biker's girlfriend plans on blackmailing the D.A. because his daughter is a lesbian but she gets better stuff when she realizes the babysitter is doing more than just watching kids. This thing packs a lot of "story" into its short 75-minute running time but that's okay because it makes for one wild ride as far as "B" drive-in films go. This is certainly one of those "groovy" movies aimed at teenagers at drive-ins and on that level the film works because it's not a great piece of art yet it does keep you entertained with its nudity, silly story and insane dialogue, which includes plenty of "peace of love" hippie talk. The greatest line is when the elder D.A. says everyone would benefit from "a little hippie in them". Another great line is when the D.A., taking the babysitter out, says that he respects teens because of their willingness to try new things like tacos!!! Yes, tacos were apparently a way to show freedom. Wymer does a very good job in her role as the young babysitter who wants to experience life as well as teach an older man how to life. She's certainly cute enough for the role but she also has enough charm to make you understand how the old man would get caught up with her. She also comes off appearing to have a brain in her head, which also helps make her character more believable. Stone, who wrote the story for himself; imagine that, is pretty flat in his role, which doesn't demand too much except getting turned on by a teenager. He's pretty weak in the role, which doesn't help the film any. You really can't go into a film like this expecting anything great so the main goal should be to keep the viewer entertained and this film is successful at that. The nudity, silly rock music and wild story make for some decent fun as long as you know what you're getting into.
An assistant DA (George Carey) is prosecuting a biker for a vicious
murder. The lawyer's home-life meanwhile is a wreck: He has a nagging,
frigid wife and a newborn son, and his adult daughter is a lesbian.
Things go from bad to worse, however, when he is unable to resist the
charms of his seductive underage babysitter (Patricia Wymer).
Meanwhile, the girlfriend of the biker befriends the prosecutor's
daughter, hoping to get some photos of her with her lover so she can
use them to blackmail the father. She really hits the jackpot though
when she stumbles upon the man himself en flagrante with his babysitter
mistress. . .
This movie would be a lot more believable if the hero was a handsome thirty-year-old guy rather than someone like Carey who looks more like the elderly FATHER of a thirty year old. (Even in the "free love" 60's his sexual affair with a teenage girl really beggars belief). Fortunately, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously. For instance, the first time the babysitter, "Candy", is left alone in the house she calls a couple of "friends" over, who turn out to be a loud rock band complete with a couple of girls who dance naked to their groovy music! This movie is surprisingly hard to find these days, even though its sequel "Weekend with the Babysitter" is readily available. This is the better of the two by far largely due to Patricia Wymer. Although she is obviously several years older than her character here, she is simply a much better actress than the unknown Susan Romen who played this part in the sequel. Carey, meanwhile, not only starred in both movies, but he also wrote and produced both of them as well (which makes you wonder what kind of dirty old man he was in real life). Tom McLoughlin, who went on to do "The Born Losers" and "Billy Jack", directed both movies, but HE had the good sense to use a pseudonym. I'd recommend this movie I guess (if you can find it), but I wouldn't bother with the sequel.
This Crown-International release was in one aspect out of date when released, since it was in black and white, when that format, even in the B movie world, had pretty much passed on. Though despite the dated appearance of the movie, the filmmakers did manage to pack in a respectable amount of sleaze, including (but not limited to) lesbianism (the movie's two lesbian seduction sequences are unintentionally funny), nudity, sex, and a middle-aged man having an affair with a very young woman. This stuff is kind of fun, but the enjoyment from it is deflated by a very slow moving story that seems VERY padded, even though the running time is only 75 minutes. I personally don't think the movie quite makes it to a recommendation, but others here on the IMDb liked it, so I think this is one case where you'll have to watch the movie and decide for yourself.
Great fun. This is ostensibly a tale of an older man falling for a young girl but turns out to be such fun because the film makers, clearly worried that their tale might not hold up, pepper the movie with colours, music and dialogue of the moment. This may have seemed crass at the time but now makes for a wonderful time capsule of a movie. That the girls are only too glad to bare their breasts and bums helps too. There is a sub plot involving blackmail that could have held up proceedings but instead makes for more nudity and even bloody violence. George E Carey is effective as the older guy and Patricia Wymer a lovely and very willing babysitter. With nothing taken too seriously, this makes for a super drive in movie, for once worthy of the moniker, 'classic'.
"The Babysitter" (1969) has middle-aged George E. Carey having an
affair with babysitter Patricia Wymer because his wife Anne Bellamy has
lost interest in sex and prefers to play bridge. Wymer's character is
like "Lolita", part little girl, part woman, part wanting to have fun,
and part all too grown-up when it comes to males. Carey's a staff
prosecutor who's got a murder case on his plate, a biker, and the
murderer's girl friend has two different ways of getting to Carey.
This is a late noir, at the tail end of the 60s. It's a low budget film. The movie has a significant amount of nudity. The lovemaking is done tastefully and tenderly but also quite realistically, even a lesbian scene between Carey's daughter and her lover. There is the exploitation element present but the strong story overrules it. The dialog is insightful and realistic much of the time, down to earth and not pretentious. This is a big plus. The story itself has good tension and builds up to a big suspense point. The resolution is well-handled. It perhaps has one slow sequence near the halfway mark, as films often do.
The biggest negative in the film is that much of the acting is amateurish or stilted; not enough to wreck the show, however, but enough to be noticeable. The editing sometimes is very basic, such as some inter-cutting of two different locales.
I like the film overall. It hits themes of young girls maturing and a variety of issues within marriage and sexual relationships. Even the relationships involving Carey's daughter and the biker's girl friend are brought out in the screenplay.
A teenage babysitter seduces a middle-age assistant DA, causing trouble
with his wife, and also causing him to be blackmailed by a biker's girl
who wants her guy acquitted of murder charges.
Sure, the flick never rises above cheap exploitation. And I could have done without hints of masochistic sex. Still, the 70-minutes is rather competently made considering its campy genre. The editing is smoothly done, the settings well-chosen, while Carey and Bellamy do well as the quarreling married couple. Even the plot manages a few wrinkles beyond the clichéd teen-age temptress and older man. Too bad Wymer (Candy) looks the part, but has trouble with her lines. There's also a 60's counter-culture subtext where Candy tempts middle-age George with the hippie credo of "free love". George finds this seductive, as did many of his buttoned-down generation. Anyway, for fans of 36-C and 38-D, there's ample exposure. Otherwise, it's drive-in forgettable.
The Babysitter: A hen-pecked prosecuting attorney begins an affair with
his blonde bombshell of a babysitter--the aptly named Candy. Candy, by
the way, says things like: "Wow, man--I totally dig you--you really
turn me on!" and "Ciao, baby!" Unfortunately, a murder case he's
working on involving a motorcycle gang prompts the gang leader's "old
lady" to blackmail him for her boyfriend's release. There is also a
thin subplot involving the attorney's lesbian daughter. Patricia Wymer
is smokin' hot as the bubbly, music-loving not-quite-a-hipster
Fun little movie! One of the best in the Drive-In Cult Classics collection.
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