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Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969)

A trio of randy sailors go looking for girl-friends in 18th-century London.


Peter Coe


Lionel Bart (play), Henry Fielding (play) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Lord Foppington
Susannah York ... Hilaret
Glynis Johns ... Mrs. Squeezum
Ian Bannen ... Ramble
Tom Bell ... Shaftoe
Elaine Taylor ... Cloris
Jim Dale ... Lusty
Kathleen Harrison ... Lady Clumsey
Roy Kinnear ... Sir Tunbelly Clumsey
Georgia Brown ... Nell
Vanessa Howard ... Hoyden
Roy Dotrice ... Gossip
Fenella Fielding ... Lady Eager
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Lord Eager
Peter Bayliss ... Mr. Justice Squeezum


A trio of randy sailors go looking for girl-friends in 18th-century London.

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Release Date:

13 June 1969 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

As Virgens Impacientes See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kilkenny, Ireland See more »

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Domino Films See more »
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Did You Know?


The only film to be directed by theatrical director Peter Coe. See more »


When the Night Watchman sees Gossip writing in his diary, he comments, "Thinks he's another Master Pepys!" Samuel Pepys's private, encrypted diary was not published until 1825 (the century after the action of "Lock Up Your Daughters!" takes place). See more »


Gossip: [Explaining in rhyme why Charles II's mistress Lady Castlemaine was not punished for her immorality] Hanc Caesari presem / A fluctu defendit.
Sir Tunbelly Clumsey: What does it mean? My Greek is not of the best.
Gossip: 'Tis Latin, and translates thus: 'The reason that she is not ducked / Is that by Caesar she is... '
[Sir Tunbelly is unable to complete the rhyme]
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17 February 2004 | by vaughan-birbeckSee all my reviews

I saw this film on TV and have waited thirty years to see it again. For me, it is one of the most under-rated films of all time.

Why isn't it more appreciated? Perhaps because you have to listen to the dialogue (which is also 18th Century speech, not Shakespeare but far from modern), or keep track of at least three main plots. This is not a simple 'romp', it is based on work by Vanbrugh and Fielding.

The script is literate and witty, but the overall theme is - sex. In pre-Victorian England, the desire for sexual fulfilment is regarded as a healthy and natural part of life. Men want it, women want it, and they'll do anything to get it.

The film is performed by a great cast. I defy anyone to recognise Christopher Plummer as Foppington under the make-up, wig and costumes. There's one scene where he is hilarious simply getting up out of a chair, as unsteady as a new born deer. After making love for the first time, he explains that he has a servant to do that sort of thing for him.

The rest of the cast is filled with marvellous character actors: Georgia Brown, Jim Dale, Roy Kinnear, Kathleen Harrison, Roy Dotrice, Glynis Johns, Peter Bayliss and Fenella Fielding. Not big names, perhaps, but they fill their roles to perfection. So my advice is: watch the film with care, more than once, to get the flavour of the dialogue, then enjoy the free-spirited age that is brought to life for you.

And, by the way, it's the *fourth* rung that's missing...

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