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Mary Had a Little... (1961)

Approved | | Comedy | September 1961 (UK)
A theatrical impresario tries to win a bet with a psychiatrist over the production of a perfect baby.



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Cast overview:
... Mary Kirk
... Laurel Clive
Jack Watling ... Scott Raymond
John Bentley ... Dr. Malcolm Nettel
... Police Sergeant
... Pottle
Michael Ward ... Hunter
... Watkins
Patricia Marmont ... Angie
Sidney Vivian ... Grimmick
John Maxim ... Burley Shavely
Rose Alba ... Duchess of Addlecombe
... Fitchett
Trevor Reid ... Dr. Liversidge
... Esther


A failing theatrical producer takes a desperate wager of £5000 with a psychiatrist that a perfect baby can be produced via hypnotising the pregnant mother, but she must be perfect herself. He contrives such a subject with a (unpregnant) French model and a remote cottage, but soon his fiancée and her fiancé get the wrong idea. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

September 1961 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El dilema de María  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Britain's first sex comedy, according to David McGillivray in his history of the British sex film, "Doing Rude Things". See more »


Mary Had A Little...
Music and lyrics by Edward Buzzell
Sung by Dick James
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Sex Comedy without the Comedy
16 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Psychiatrist Malcolm Nettel (John Bentley) claims that he could hypnotize a pregnant woman into producing a perfect baby. Struggling stage producer Scott Raymond (John Watling) overhears and wagers Nettel £5,000 he can't do what he says he can do. Intending to con the psychiatrist, Raymond hires actress Mary Kirk (Agnes Laurent) to pose as a pregnant woman and become Nettel's patient. Complications arise, however, when Mary falls in love with Nettel.

This is apparently Britain's first sex comedy. It's not very funny but it does have some sex appeal. Laurent is very attractive, as is Hazel Court, who plays Raymond's fiancée. Laurent also appears to be dubbed. Perhaps she dubbed her own lines but it's clear there is dubbing as her words aren't always perfectly in synch with her lips. See it for the curiosity factor, as well as the lovely ladies.

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