MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,279 this week

The Best House in London (1969)

X  |   |  Comedy  |  June 1969 (UK)
4.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 185 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 3 critic

In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 67 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 116 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 22 Oct 2013
 
a list of 2885 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 135 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Best House in London (1969)

The Best House in London (1969) on IMDb 4.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Best House in London.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington
Stars: Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott, Ronald Fraser
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Ron Moody
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two parts Monty Python German television comedy specials.

Director: Ian MacNaughton
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blakemore
Stars: Patrick Pearson, Michael Elphick, Joe Melia
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A successful talent agent enjoys the good life until his wife leaves him. He moves in with his friend and begins an affair with the man's wife. He also gets a new difficult client whose public image must be preserved at any cost.

Director: John Krish
Stars: Rod Taylor, Carol White, James Booth
Blue (1968)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Mexican bandit, part of a gang led by his father, goes on a raid into the U.S. He falls for a beautiful woman and decides to leave his life of crime and settle down with her. Eventually ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Narizzano
Stars: Terence Stamp, Joanna Pettet, Karl Malden
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Claire Ufland
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Porn store owner Pete orders some new stuff from his supplier Niko but Niko mixes up the address with the address of the local Barclays Bank. Here, newly-weds David (the bank's assistant ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Ronnie Corbett, Beryl Reid, Arthur Lowe
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Legend has it that if the famous Barbary Apes leave the Rock of Gibraltar, it's a sign that the British will lose control of it. During World War II, a British officer is put in charge of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Terry-Thomas, George Sanders, Lionel Jeffries
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Fransisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Summer Storm (1944)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Anna Lee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Benjamin Oakes / Walter Leybourne
...
Josephine Pacefoot
...
Sir Francis Leybourne
Dany Robin ...
Babette
...
Count Pandolfo
John Bird ...
Home Secretary
William Rushton ...
Sylvester Wall
Bill Fraser ...
Inspector MacPherson
Maurice Denham ...
Editor of 'The Times'
Wolfe Morris ...
Chinese Trade Attache
Martita Hunt ...
Headmistress
Arnold Diamond ...
Hugh Burden ...
George Reynolds ...
Jan Holden ...
Lady Dilke
Edit

Storyline

In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From top to bottom ... it's the best place in town !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A legjobb ház Londonban  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The last feature film of Martita Hunt. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

MY LITTLE PUSSY
by Ronnie Cass and Peter Myers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Uncomfortably funny
23 April 2008 | by (gateshead,tyne and wear, england, uk) – See all my reviews

From today's perspective, The Best House In London is potentially uncomfortable viewing in an era of political correctness. Therefore what this film illustrates is that for all its good intentions political correctness hampers debate on sensitive issues such as that of prostitution which in current English law can only be a label applied to a woman who is perceived by a police officer as soliciting for such an activity.

More to the point the film illustrates the double standards of English society and its discomfort with the street variety as opposed to prostitution in general. What this further illustrates is that society is concerned more with being exposed to its double standards and how it perceives street prostitution without regard to the women involved who as the film portrays, are happy to participate in the profession. This point is illustrated in the film within context of the lack of opportunities for women to escape their impoverished lives in which there is no other options open to them.

The 'double standards' of the discomfort over street prostitution among the Victorian middle classes is illustrated via the character Josephine Pacefoot, (Joanna Pettet) who is in fact a satire of the famous Josephine Butler. Josephine Butler (1828 - 1906) was an upper middle class 19th Century philanthropic feminist who espoused the radical liberal tradition of the then Whigs as her Father did before her. Josephine Butler concerned herself with those deemed to be and as such labelled 'fallen women' giving street prostitutes a negative label by default. Butler was keen to rescue the so called 'fallen women' many of whom were criminalised via the Contagious Disease Acts of the 1860s. These acts permitted any unmarried woman to be subject to a 'virginity test'. If the woman failed the virginity test she was ostracised by society and prevented from gaining legitimate employment. This left many unmarried women vulnerable to men any of whom could request they have a virginity test for the purpose of recruiting them into prostitution if they failed and thereby trading these women. This point is illustrated in the film.

It is interesting that the 19th Century Contagious Disease Act affected women at the time of the rise of feminism in England. What The Best House In London illustrates is that feminism has a double edged sword. This double edged sword of feminism means the cause is a middle class one premised on liberation, the endeavours of which leave many poor and working class women vulnerable to exploitation, which in this film is illustrated via street prostitution. But it veers into all manner of legitimate employment as women are in most cases cheaper to employ as they're more likely of accepting lower wages that men reject.

The Best House In London is a series of sketches thread together via the issue of 'street prostitution' It seems that the original intention of the film was to reference as many as possible of the Victorian luminaries who shaped modernity and its attitudes.

For the issues it raises and the debate it permits, then The Best House In London is an interesting film produced in the style of Monty Python. In other words it's silly. It therefore illustrates that 'silly' is a positive as it exaggerates issues to express the point and as such is a clever method of comedic genre and satirical expressionism to coin a phrase.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I get it? sea1313_zome
Discuss The Best House in London (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?