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It's Not the Size That Counts (1974)

Percy's Progress (original title)
Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.

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Dr. Anderson / Australian TV Lady
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Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.

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Leigh Lawson replaced Hywel Bennett after Bennett turned down the sequel. See more »

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Follows Percy (1971) See more »

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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Dire... but better than the original
29 December 2014 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

In many ways, watching "Percy's Progress" is a depressing experience.

Not only because it was a failure as a comedy, but that the quality cast it assembled and capable director/producer team had seen much better days and illustrated how much of a rut the UK film industry was in the mid-1970s

The film's humour, a predictably endless series of double-entendres, is generally tedious.

Having said that, it could've been worse and is a slight improvement on the original 1971 film, "Percy".

This is because "Percy" tried to have it's cake and eat it too; be both a low-brow sex comedy and a serious analysis of the central character's predicament (and unsuccessful on both counts). This resulted in star Hywel Bennett's sad sack performance which belonged in another film.

At least "Percy's Progress" doesn't pretend it's anything other than a bawdy sex comedy and is a bit livelier than it's predecessor. It's farcical elements aren't particularly funny, but at least it's trying.

And there are minor pleasures in the performances. As the central character (although actually playing a different person from the first film technically), Leigh Lawson is an improvement on Bennett and is a fairly amiable rogue of a character.

And there are inevitable minor pleasures from a strong cast, including Corbett in an enjoyable performance as a Harold Wilson- type PM. And any film that has Vincent Price in it is always raised a level or two.

But overall, apart from being curio of 1970s UK cinema, this is a film not worth seeking out.


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