6.2/10
82
8 user 4 critic

The Wild Affair (1965)

Satirical view of the British middle class in the 60s. Young office assistant Majorie will marry soon. However, she's plagued by doubts about whether her fiance is the right one. On her ... See full summary »

Director:

John Krish

Writers:

John Krish, William Sansom (novel) (as William Sanson)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Kwan ... Marjorie Lee
Gladys Morgan Gladys Morgan ... Mrs. Tovey
Betty Marsden Betty Marsden ... Mavis Cook
Victor Spinetti ... Quentin
Jimmy Logan Jimmy Logan ... Craig
Joyce Blair ... Monica
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Tiny Hearst
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... Sergeant Bletch
Donald Churchill ... Andy
David Sumner ... Ralph
Diane Aubrey Diane Aubrey ... Jill
Bernard Adams Bernard Adams ... Bone
Bessie Love ... Marjorie's Mother
Terry-Thomas ... Godfrey Deane
Joan Benham ... Dress Saleslady
Learn more

More Like This 

Tamahine (1963)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A free-spirited young Polynesian girl is sent to live with her uncle in England. The many social and other rules new to her that she encounters there, as well as attention from student body of a local school cause much hilarity.

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Nancy Kwan, John Fraser, Dennis Price
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A guitar playing traveler is on the run from a murder charge. He joins a circus where falling for two different women complicates his life.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Pat Boone, Nancy Kwan, Mai Zetterling
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jay Menlow is jilted at the altar by his fiancée, Cynthia Hampton. His pal, Ross Kingsley, persuades him to use his reserved-in-advance accommodations at the Boca Roca Hotel (honeymooners ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Robert Goulet, Nancy Kwan, Robert Morse
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Nick tries to kill his wife to get her money, but when learning of this, she plans the same for him!

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Tony Curtis, Rosanna Schiaffino, Lionel Jeffries
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1960's Japan, mischievous American seaman Doc Willoughby tries to outwit his superiors on the U.S.S. Bustard, attempts to woo U.S. Navy, Lt. Tomiko Momoyama and aims to return a stolen Buddha statue to its Japanese temple.

Director: Alan Rafkin
Stars: Doug McClure, Nancy Kwan, James Whitmore
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Spy accidentally gets an ancient treasure. Several corrupt groups try to steal it from him.

Director: James Hill
Stars: Robert Stack, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error, by his friend, caused a fatal crash and persists in looking for another reason.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A runaway truck containing the corpse of a slain gang leader rolls into a California nightclub owned by Johnny Cain, a hard bitten former free-lance adventurer. The gang threatens to kill ... See full summary »

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Adam West, Nancy Kwan, Nehemiah Persoff
Wonder Women (1973)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An insurance investigator battles Dr. Tsu and her sexy all-girl army.

Director: Robert Vincent O'Neil
Stars: Nancy Kwan, Ross Hagen, Maria De Aragon
The McMasters (1970)
Certificate: GP Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a black Civil War veteran becomes co-owner of the southern McMasters ranch, the incensed local Confederate veterans come gunning for him and his Indian wife.

Director: Alf Kjellin
Stars: Burl Ives, Brock Peters, David Carradine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A big-game hunter brings a killer leopard to his private island and turns it loose so he can hunt it down. However, unexpected visitors arrive at the island and interrupt his hunt. ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Madden
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kwan, Ross Hagen
Edit

Storyline

Satirical view of the British middle class in the 60s. Young office assistant Majorie will marry soon. However, she's plagued by doubts about whether her fiance is the right one. On her last day at work, her male colleagues don't miss a chance to comfort her... and flirt. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hot | sex scene | sexy | office | marriage | See All (7) »

Taglines:

MEMO - the film every secretary should see and every boss' wife should miss!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in early 1964 (it was passed by the BBFC in April '64), this film, like many from British Lion at that time, sat on the shelf for over a year before being released in December 1965 on the bottom half of a double bill with The Pleasure Girls (1965). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Tovey: That's a nice dress you've nearly got on. Have you been out dancing all night?
Marjorie Lee: I, er put it on for the office party.
Mrs. Tovey: Now you watch out. You'll have all the men around you like flies.
Marjorie Lee: Who me? Mrs T., can I ask you a question?
Mrs. Tovey: Yes, you can, love.
Marjorie Lee: Did you have lots of boyfriends?
Mrs. Tovey: Oh, hundreds!
Marjorie Lee: And did they all want to make passionate love to you?
Marjorie Lee: You're like a lot of your young sort. You think you invented all this sex business. And we older people, we know nothing about it, I suppose?
Marjorie Lee: Mrs. Tovey, I...
[...]
See more »

User Reviews

 
Watch it for Kwan and Gladys Morgan
15 January 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

A movie which starts strong, with the fiancée of a man who had a bachelor party saying she's entitled to one too, and daring to wonder what's so great about being a virgin anyway. She stares into her mirror and sees an inner alter ego who speaks to her, encouraging her to put on a sexy dress and boots for the office Christmas party, which also happens to be her last day. The conventional path for a woman at the time was to quit her job upon getting married, and this 20-year-old seems to want to have a little fun or a 'wild affair' before setting down to a humdrum domestic life. There's something liberated in the sentiment, as well as in the diversity of casting Nancy Kwan in the lead role.

Unfortunately, the film is also practically an HR training video for inappropriate or illegal office behavior. We have to calibrate ourselves to the 1960's of course, but that doesn't make it much easier to see Kwan told by one of her superiors that she's hypocritical to think a model posing in the nude isn't her cup of tea, because after all, she wears half cup bras, revealing dresses, and alluring perfume, so clearly she wants the attention of the men around her. The big boss (Terry-Thomas) then calls her in to his office to give her a bigger bonus than what the others will receive, all while running his hands over her, telling her that her "sails are in fine trim", and reminiscing over her four years in the office, starting from back when she was 16. (I love Terry-Thomas but ugh). Kwan handles herself well, but it's a recurring theme - every man she encounters comes on to her, some creepier than others, and Kwan is tempted, goaded on by her alter ego. Things get a little crazy in the office when she spends her bonus on large amounts of booze, and co-workers are soon making out and dancing around wildly. One of them, a man whose wife is actually in the delivery room of a hospital at the time, tells her that she has a reputation for having a lot in the window, but nothing in the shop, in other words, that she's a tease.

And that's the trouble, of course. The film is a comedy, so all of these things said or done are viewed with an underlying acceptance, just the wacky situations women needed to navigate their way through at work until they settled down and got married. The film also never really takes advantage of the alter ego either; we don't see it take control of situations to seduce someone, as she never really has any sort of power. That would have pushed the film in a more dramatic or empowering direction, when it really just wants to be a titillating comedy. Even if I chalk up all the problematic behavior as being part of the period, or maybe even look at this as an interesting window into it, the plot just doesn't progress in interesting ways.

Still, with that said, it's not an awful way to spend an hour and a half. Kwan is delightful, and her light playfulness is engaging. There are amusing moments, such as when a drunk stranger gets into the phone booth with her fiancé and the pair carry on a polite British conversation. I also liked seeing silent star Bessie Love in the role of her mother at age 65. My favorite character, though, was the cleaning lady (Gladys Morgan) who reminds her that the old were young once too, saying "You're like a lot of your young sort. You think you invented all this sex business. And we older people, we know nothing about it, I suppose?" Watch this one for her, and for Nancy Kwan.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Pândega See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Seven Arts Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed