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Bikini Baby (1951)

Lady Godiva Rides Again (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 1952 (USA)
An unsophisticated and impressionable young girl finds herself in trouble after winning a beauty pageant.

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Frank Launder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Price ... Simon Abott
John McCallum ... Larry Burns
Stanley Holloway ... Mr. Clark
Pauline Stroud Pauline Stroud ... Marjorie Clark
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Clark
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Janie
George Cole ... Johnny
Diana Dors ... Dolores August
Eddie Byrne ... Eddie Mooney
Kay Kendall ... Sylvia
Renee Houston ... Beattie
Dora Bryan ... Lady in Charge of Publicity
Sidney James ... Lew Beeson
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Compere
Eddie Leslie Eddie Leslie ... Comic (as Eddy Leslie)
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Storyline

Marjory Clark wins a competition in her Midland town and finds herself in a Festival of Britain procession as Lady Godiva - though not in the buff. This leads by way of a suspect beauty competition to the show-business world of London. But it could be a slippery slope for simple home-town Marge. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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FEATURING DOZENS OF INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY QUEENS AND FAMOUS ARTISTS MODELS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bikini Baby See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Look for a cameo by Trevor Howard as a theater patron buying a program. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Clark complains about serving customers, while leaving her ironing, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible at the top of screen. See more »

Quotes

Hawtrey Murington - Optimum Films: The casting director is no longer with us. Murington alone remains, and he faces you.
Marjorie Clark: You mean you're "the" Mr. Murington?
Hawtrey Murington - Optimum Films: No longer "the" - - "that."
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How Long Is Always?
Written by Leo Towers and Frankie Russell
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Austerity is Nearly Over!
19 March 2010 | by robinakaalySee all my reviews

This was a hugely enjoyable film for those of us who were around when it was made. Even sixty years on I can still remember Battersea Funfair.

What I do wonder though, is how many in a modern audience will get all the topical jokes, a few for instance: the reference to Johnny being a butter patter: in those days Sainsbury's cut butter from a block, and patted it with wooden patters to the required weight; in the cinema Johnny buys a brickette ice-cream (without wafers); the 10/- fine if a half-naked girl moved during a tableau (Lord Chamberlain's rules - see Mrs Henderson Presents).

Among the nice touches: Alistair Sim's cameo as Hawtry Murington was quite brilliant from the opening, louring, shot of him to his accurate critique of the problems facing the British film industry; as Marjorie goes into see Otto Mann, casting director, a couch is just inside the door.

Although set in the North, the exterior shot of Chanters store is of Bentalls in Kingston. The station with the train back home is Kings Cross (the coaches are Eastern Region). And was the pawnbroker an uncredited Bernard Miles? Oh, and wasn't the 20 year old Diana Dors a dish? (And can somebody identify Joan Collins for me please).

The whole thing was a delight from start to finish (despite the lack of regional accents among the girls).


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