The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christine Painter
Shirley Stelfox ...
Shirley
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Wing Commander Morten
Danny Schiller ...
Dolly
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Timms
Victoria Hardcastle ...
Rose
Dave Atkins ...
Sydney
Ewan Hooper ...
Edward
Alan Bowyer ...
David Painter
Anthony Carrick ...
Edgar (as Antony Carrick)
Beverley Foster ...
Elizabeth
Leon Lissek ...
Mr. Popozogolou
Peter Cellier ...
Mr. Marples
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Mr. Marsden
Stephen Lewis ...
Mr. Dunkley
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The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Henkilökohtaista  »

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$1,744,164 (USA)
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1.75 : 1
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Michael Hordern was offed the role of The Wing Commander. See more »

Quotes

[at the police station after the raid on the brothel, police officers Lennox and Timms are planning to charge Christine]
Lennox: We're looking to make several charges - including possessing obscene articles for gain, selling liquor without a licence, running a disorderly house and keeping a brothel.
Christine Painter: I just perform a service.
Timms: You *will* go down for this.
Christine Painter: I only go down for a price, dear, and I doubt if you could afford it.
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The cast and crew credits are intermingled: successive screens of credits show snapshot photographs of the main characters and the actors who played them, and at the bottom of each screen a few random crew credits are included. See more »

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Referenced in Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »

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Bless This House
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Music by May Brahe
Lyrics by Helen Taylor
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Tongue in cheek (anyone's cheek that is)
1 January 1999 | by (East London, England) – See all my reviews

Julie Walters (ex-nurse) is brilliant in her portrayal of a seedy London brothel owner. Very English comedy - which sends itself up and has just the right amount of "Carry On" element to make it work. As Julie herself says in the film "fresh from a chicken's gonga".


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