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The Best House in London (1969)

X | | Comedy | June 1969 (UK)
In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

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Philip Saville

Writer:

Denis Norden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Benjamin Oakes / Walter Leybourne
Joanna Pettet ... Josephine Pacefoot
George Sanders ... Sir Francis Leybourne
Dany Robin ... Babette
Warren Mitchell ... Count Pandolfo
John Bird John Bird ... Home Secretary
William Rushton William Rushton ... Sylvester Wall
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Inspector MacPherson
Maurice Denham ... Editor of 'The Times'
Wolfe Morris ... Chinese Trade Attache
Martita Hunt ... Headmistress
Arnold Diamond ... Charles Dickens
Hugh Burden ... Lord Tennyson
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Jan Holden ... Lady Dilke
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In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

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From top to bottom ... it's the best place in town ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A legjobb ház Londonban See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Bridge Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first MGM release to get an X rating from the MPAA. See more »

Quotes

Sir Francis Leybourne: [the Attache is sobbing] I thought you people were supposed to be inscrutable?
Chinese Trade Attache: Please, Sir Francis, China doesn't want any more opium.
Sir Francis Leybourne: Oh, do be sensible. You chaps have already lost one war with Great Britain about this.
Chinese Trade Attache: But to force us to buy it...
Sir Francis Leybourne: Well, you signed a treaty agreeing to!
Chinese Trade Attache: Your gunboats were right up our Yangtze!
Sir Francis Leybourne: No use getting hysterical, Mr Feng.
Chinese Trade Attache: Then let me appeal to our friendship; those happy weekends I used to spend at your townhouse; your late wife was always so kind to me...
[...]
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Referenced in Sweet Trash (1970) See more »

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THE BIRDS OF LONDON TOWN
by Ronnie Cass and Peter Myers
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Worst British film I ever saw
6 December 2011 | by EsmollinSee all my reviews

I am a fan of British films. I also fondly remember many great British movies from the 60s. I wondered why I couldn't remember this one. now I know- it is terrible!

After the first ten minutes the plot is so muddled that the average viewer will give up.

I stuck with this hoping it would get better. By the middle, I was completely confused and bored. It seems every stereotypical character from the Victorian era is thrown in.

I was half expecting to see Sherlock Holmes. It's true that this movie mixes historical characters with fictional ones without regard to the era. Dickens appears along with those from a later period. But you won't notice. By that time you'll be bored or asleep.

There are a few scenes that really offended me, such as the one with the little girl singing the stupid song. I am surprised that TCM put this on in the daytime.

Stay away.


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