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One of Those Things (1971)

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A successful auto executive Vinther(Roy Dotrice) becomes entwined with a young nubile girl, Susanne played by Judy Geeson, following an avoidable car accident, that results in the death of ... See full summary »

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A successful auto executive Vinther(Roy Dotrice) becomes entwined with a young nubile girl, Susanne played by Judy Geeson, following an avoidable car accident, that results in the death of a man. The girl mentally blackmails our executive through manipulation leading to an affair that threatens Vinther's career and marriage. An unusual mix - a Danish film made with a British and Japanese cast in English. Rarely seen. Written by lotrhay

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Worth watching --especially for fans of Judy Geeson
25 October 2012 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is a very bizarre Danish-English co-production. A wealthy, married British auto executive (Roy Dotrice) goes partying with some hippies. He borrows a car from one of the women (Judy Geeson) and ends up accidentally killing a man. He winds up being blackmailed by the owner of the car, who doesn't want money, or even sex, but rather a position as his private secretary! (I had no idea private secretary positions were so highly sought after in Britian). She begins to slowly destroy his life, and he plots to do something about it.

This kind of reminded me of another Judy Geeson movie "Three Into Two Won't Go", but without the rather implausible sexual angle that had young dolly-bird Geeson having a torrid affair with Rod Steiger (although Geeson does have a memorable, and complete gratuitous, nude scene in a sauna here). It also reminded me of a darker British black comedy "Something to Hide" where another accidental murderer has his life destroyed by a grasping female hitchhiker. Geeson is easily as lovely as the female star of that one, Linda Hayden, but she doesn't do evil nearly as well. Still, she's part of the exalted company of beautiful British actresses of that era (including Hayden, Jane Birkin, Susan George, Vanessa Howard, Jenny Agutter, Olivia Hussy, and a few others I'm not no doubt forgetting) whose work I ALWAYS have time for. Dotrice, meanwhile, is a long-time British character actor.

This movie is very bizarre, and generally somewhat of a misfire, but it's kind of interesting to watch British films of this era when they did not just slavishly follow formulaic Hollywood models. It may not be worth searching too hard for this obscure film, but it might be worth watching if you come a cross it--especially if you're a Judy Geeson fan.


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