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Baby Love (1969)

R | | Drama | 20 April 1969 (UK)
Libidinous 15 year old English schoolgirl Lucy finds her single mother dead. They never had a good relationship, but this still unbalances her. She moves in with the family of her mother's old friend. She hates him and seduces his wife.

Director:

Alastair Reid

Writers:

Tina Chad Christian (novel), Alastair Reid (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Dors ... Liz, Luci's Mother
Linda Hayden ... Luci
Troy Dante Troy Dante ... The Lover
Ann Lynn ... Amy Quayle (as Anne Lynn)
Sheila Steafel ... Tessa Pearson
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Harry Pearson
Keith Barron ... Doctor Robert Quayle
Lewis Wilson Lewis Wilson ... Priest
Derek Lamden Derek Lamden ... Nick Quayle
Patience Collier ... Mrs. Carmichael
Terence Brady Terence Brady ... Man in Shop
Marianne Stone ... Manageress
Christine Pryor Christine Pryor ... Shop Girl
Yvonne Horner ... Shop Girl
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Man in Cinema
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Storyline

Poor Luci, she is a 15 year old English schoolgirl about to embark on a promising career as the high-school mattress when she comes home one day from school to find her Mum as dead as a door knob in the tub. You see her Mum has cut her wrists after a long unrewarding career as the town mattress. Fortunately for Luci, her Mum's childhood friend is now a very successful upper-middle class doctor who has decided to take Luci home to his family (on a trial basis). Luci's new family (The Quayles) has a few issues. The father's libedo is on the wane and he has a stick permanently stuck up his butt. The mother was "convent schooled" and misses the good old days of snuggling up with a pretty young girl. The son is an amateur peeper without the libedo problem but also with a stick up his butt. Luci arrives in the midst of all this with her one suitcase, a bit unbalanced from her mother's recent suicide, and does everything she can to fit in with her new family - more or less. There isn't a ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Perigoso See more »

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Production Co:

Avton Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Linda Hayden's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Robert Quayle: [looks up from newspaper into her painted visage] You can't be serious.
Luci: But they're all the rage.
Doctor Robert Quayle: Are they. Not here.
Luci: Don't you like it?
Doctor Robert Quayle: Get dressed!
[she turns, leaves in a huff, slamming the door shut]
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Referenced in The Sicilian Clan (1969) See more »

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Linda the Lolita.
22 March 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

After her impoverished, cancer-ridden mother (Diana Dors) commits suicide, schoolgirl Luci (Linda Hayden) is adopted by her mother's ex-lover Robert (Keith Barron), now a wealthy, married doctor living the high-life in London. Once in her new home, the deeply-disturbed girl gradually spirals out of control, teasing teenage son Nick (Derek Lamden), flirting with sleazy family friend Harry (comedian Dick Emery), allowing herself to get felt up in a cinema, taunting local lads by the river (and risking being raped for her trouble), whilst driving a wedge between her adoptive parents by awakening latent lesbian urges in her new mother! Phew!

I found out about Baby Love while searching for films starring my favourite Hammer horror babe, the lovely Linda Hayden, and, boy, is it an eye-opener, the film undoubtedly exploiting the 15-year-old actress's burgeoning sexuality for all its worth, even having her stripping off for the part. But Baby Love is so much more than an opportunity to ogle jail-bait Linda in the altogether: part kitchen-sink drama, part psychological study, it's a skilfully told and ultimately tragic tale of an emotionally damaged, self-destructive soul who, due to her troubled upbringing, is unable to relate to kindness, instead exerting control the only way she knows how—through seduction; in doing so, she tears apart the already fractured lives of those who have tried to help her.

Made in the late 60s, when movies deliberately challenged the establishment, Baby Love is about as subversive as it gets—a controversial piece of film-making that dares to push the boundaries in all directions, while deliberately making the audience feel just a little uneasy about what they are watching. As such, I found it extremely compelling viewing, and highly recommend it to fans of intelligent, provocative drama, as well as to those who find the idea of Linda Hayden as a naughty nymphet simply too tempting to resist.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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