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What's Good for the Goose (1969)

A middle aged banker picks up two young free minded women on his way to a banker's convention and falls head over heels for one of them.

Director:

Menahem Golan

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Menahem Golan (story), Menahem Golan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wisdom ... Timothy Bartlett
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Nikki
Sarah Atkinson Sarah Atkinson ... Meg
Sally Bazely ... Margaret
Stuart Nichol Stuart Nichol ... Bank Manager
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Harrington
Terence Alexander ... Frisby
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Clark
David Lodge ... Porter
Karl Lanchbury ... Pete
Hilary Pritchard Hilary Pritchard ... Cashier in Discotheque
H.H. Goldsmith H.H. Goldsmith ... Policeman
Thelma Falls-Hand Thelma Falls-Hand ... Bank Clerk
The Pretty Things The Pretty Things ... Pop Group
George Meaton George Meaton ... Third Speaker
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A middle aged banker picks up two young free minded women on his way to a banker's convention and falls head over heels for one of them.

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Yesterday's lover makes today's scene...

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl Trouble See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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Norman Wisdom's final starring role. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive 'U' certificate in 1969 the UK theatrical release was cut by the BBFC and removed all topless shots of Nikki in the bath, plus additional cuts to Nikki and Bartlett's bedroom scene, shots of hippie youths kissing and necking, and Bartlett discovering Nikki and a male lover in bed together (an even shorter version was later prepared for a 'U' VHS certificate and received heavier cuts, but got a 'PG' rating). The 1986 Krypton video release (as "Girl Trouble") was a 15 minute shorter print (possibly the 'U' certificate version), and the 1999 video/2007 DVD releases both feature the original cut 1969 'U' certificate version (but with a modern 'PG' rating). See more »

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Eagle's Sun
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Unusual time capsule of its era
9 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE is an unwieldy little comedy effort, shot in Southport of all places, and starring Norman Wisdom in a very different role to those earlier in his career. Although this is a comedy, there's no slapstick from the rubbery star here; instead, he plays a rather sad individual, a guy who's having a mid-life crisis and subsequently falls in love with the teenage Sally Geeson.

There were a lot of May to December films coming out around these years but WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE is one of the oddest. It's not really what you could call an entertaining movie, as it just sort of floats along aimlessly for a very long time. What it does provide is an eye-popping time capsule of late '60s fashions and attitudes, with the 'free love' movement in particular explored in depth.

Wisdom remains a likable character throughout and Geeson isn't bad either in an early role. The film was put out by Tigon, a company who typically specialised in cutting-edge horror fare, and written and directed by none other than Menahem Golan years before he founded Cannon.


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