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Playgirl After Dark (1960)

Too Hot to Handle (original title)
A French reporter working on a steamy story about the secret strip joints found in London's Soho district becomes involved in the lives of the owner and star of a famous club.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Herbert Kretzmer (screenplay), Harry Lee (original idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Mansfield ... Midnight Franklin
Leo Genn ... Johnny Solo
Karlheinz Böhm ... Robert Jouvel (as Carl Boehm)
Danik Patisson Danik Patisson ... Lilliane Decker
Christopher Lee ... Novak
Kai Fischer ... Cynthia
Patrick Holt ... Inspector West
Martin Boddey ... Mr. Arpels
Sheldon Lawrence Sheldon Lawrence ... Diamonds Dielli
Barbara Windsor ... Ponytail
John Salew John Salew ... Moeller
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Flash Gordon
Ian Fleming ... Pawnbroker
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ... Terry
Katherine Keeton Katherine Keeton ... Melody
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Storyline

In London's Soho, Johnny Solo runs the Pink Flamingo Club. He's tough to intimidate. So when he starts getting threats and demands for protection, he fights back. Behind the takeover plot is a competitor, Diamonds Dielli. Midnight Franklin, who's Johnny's girlfriend and one of the club's headliners, wants to get Johnny out of the business. In the background are a sadistic client, an underage chorus girl, a wisecracking siren who's not averse to rough trade, a visiting journalist, and a dancer who guards her past. Can Johnny win the struggle with Diamonds, and can Midnight get him out of harm's way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The sizzler you read about in Playboy magazine! It strips the secrets from the intimate key clubs.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 April 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Playgirl After Dark See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White (TV prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Danik Patisson received an "introducing" credit. See more »

Quotes

Diamonds Dielli: That's a very nice dress you nearly got on. I like it.
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Alternate Versions

The British film is in color and runs at circa 104 minutes. The USA copy, intended for TV broadcast, is in b&w and cut to 93 minutes. VHS and DVD copies are all based on the USA version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 15 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Hot To Handle
Music and Lyrics by Eric Spear
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (uncredited) and an uncredited vocal group over main titles
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Worth a look
27 January 2007 | by titanicflintSee all my reviews

For those who think that Jayne Mansfield's career was nothing more than an overblown publicity stunt I boldly state they should at least see this before making any final judgments. I too started watching this with a fair amount of skepticism, and yet I was blown right out of the water by both Jayne and the movie. Both are a lot better than I was anticipating. This is the best Mansfield performance I've ever seen. She is perfectly cast in the role of Midnight Franklin. She makes the character all too human, and all too believable. The movie itself is fast-paced, packing a lot into its 93 minutes. It's also well-acted by everyone involved, and very well-directed. It's intriguing and holds your interest. It has the air of a good Warner Brothers gangster film, as well as a definite film-noir feel to it. I don't know what happened to the color prints of this, but, in my opinion it's the sort of movie that actually plays better in black-and-white. And Jayne's musical numbers are always worth seeing. I definitely recommend this one.


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