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The Sex Thief (1974)

 -  Comedy  -  April 1974 (USA)
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An inspector and an insurance investigator both have a major stake in revealing the identity of an audacious jewel thief.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Westbrook ...
Emily Barrow (as Jenny Westbrook)
David Warbeck ...
Grant Henry
Henry Rayner ...
Gerald Taylor ...
Herbert Barrow
Michael Armstrong ...
Sergeant Plinth
Terence Edmond ...
Inspector Robert Smith
Diane Keen ...
Judy Martin
Christopher Neil ...
Guy Hammond
Harvey Hall ...
Gloria Maley ...
Angie (as Gloria Walker)
Christopher Biggins ...
Porky Prescott
Christopher Mitchell ...
Eric Deacon ...
Susan Glanville ...
Florinda Prescott
Deirdre Costello ...
Jezebel (as Linda Coombes)


An inspector and an insurance investigator both have a major stake in revealing the identity of an audacious jewel thief.

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He stole their jewels. All they reported was the robbery.




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April 1974 (USA)  »

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Handful of Diamonds  »

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1.66 : 1
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Last feature film of Harvey Hall. See more »


Featured in Sex in the 70s: Blue Movies (2005) See more »

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Family Jewels
12 November 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The late David Warbeck is Grant Henry aka The Sex Thief in this surprising 1973 sex comedy. A writer of trashy paperbacks like The Dirty and the Dying, Henry moonlights as a masked jewel thief who is usually caught in the act but lures his female captors to bed. Bedroom gymnast that he is, the women lie about his identity 'who could disguise himself as a clubfooted coloured midget one week and a 6'6 Russian with a hair lip the next' and even hope to get burgled again! A shameless Hollywood producer and a dizzy blonde try to drum up publicity by claiming that the Thief assaulted her. Enraged that his name has been tarnished The Sex Thief buys a plastic gun and in a Forced Entry manner stalks the actress, catching her in the bath before the pair reinact her made up scenario. Dim, corrupt cops more interested in selling contraband blue movies than catching the Thief also become involved in the caper. Despite the low voltage stereotype of the British sex film The Sex Thief is well made and occasionally funny and sexy. This was in fact a kinky package for the Ups and Downs of a Handyman era crowd- with several jolting sequences such as intercuting a wrestling match with sex thief's own brand of wrestling not to mention his own subjugation at the hands of a Kung-Fu trained insurance investigator! Its more infamous today for its re-edited American release that in classic sleaze fashion took a softcore foreign feature and beefed it up with X- rated inserts. This version entitled 'Her Family Jewels' dubiously resurfaced in the UK years later under the premise that semi-famous British thesps (Dianne Keen, Christopher Biggins) had once appeared in an X-rated movie. RADA trained Michael Armstrong who acts in the film as a breast obsessed cop and wrote the film under demonic alter ego 'Edward Hyde', is most familiar to exploitation fans for the much banned Mark of the Devil as well as the autobiographical Eskimo Nell. Viewers familiar with the latter will no doubt feel a sense of deja vu here as several characters and scenarios make premature appearances in The Sex Thief. Another discovery is actress Gloria Walker aka Gloria Maley who went from being worked over by Warbeck's buzzing 'simulator' to providing blood and guts effects for the gruesome Inseminoid (1980)- a more diverse career move is hard to imagine. The Sex Thief rises above the typical British sexpo thanks to some pointed raunchiness, a surprisingly subversive script and a charismatic leading man. Warbeck was once apparently the mysterious house breaking protagonist of the Milk Tray ads whilst director Martin Campbell recently made the big budget Zorro movie, two things worth pondering while you watch The Sex Thief.

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