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The Telephone Book (1971)

X | | Comedy | 3 October 1971 (USA)
Victim of an obscene caller becomes obsessed with her fantasy of him and attempts to track down in real life

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Nelson Lyon

Writer:

Nelson Lyon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Kennedy ... Alice
Norman Rose Norman Rose ... Mr. Smith
James Harder James Harder ... Obscene-Caller
Jill Clayburgh ... Eyemask
Ondine Ondine ... Narrator
Barry Morse ... Har Poon
Ultra Violet ... Whip Woman
Geri Miller Geri Miller ... Dancer
Roger C. Carmel ... Analyst
William Hickey ... Man in Bed
Matthew Tobin Matthew Tobin ... Mugger
Jan Farrand Jan Farrand ... Woman in the Park
David Dozer ... Obscene-Caller
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Obscene-Caller
Dolph Sweet ... Obscene-Caller
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The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller who has "class", as she puts it. Written by dharmabum <darmabum@li.net>

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The story of a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call.

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According to producer Merv Bloch the movie originally came with an especially shot intermission which he eventually decided to cut out. During the intermission Andy Warhol was shown sitting in a chair eating popcorn until the actual movie would continue again, which was meant as a sort of in-joke to Warhol's own films that often showed the most mundane things for an extended amount of time, like a person sleeping for several hours or a person eating something without anything extraordinary happening. The footage of this intermission is currently (2010) considered lost. See more »

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References Moulin Rouge (1934) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Written by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz
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I would suggest to you ladies and gentleman of the jury that what we have here is a filmed work of unclassifiable obscene content, uniquely inoffensive and with no precedent in the film world...before or sub
31 October 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Who is John Smith? why....every man's deepest fantasy of course. As he utters at one point and which sums up this incredibly original and black-humored ode to left wing sexuality..."I have perfected the obscene call to the point where I could seduce the President, his wife and his family - but I have no political ambition!"

Poor old Alice, cute little Goldie Hawn wannabe and who is a couple of bra-sizes short of average intelligence, she decides to answer her telephone! Big mistake - it is the world's most experienced serially-obscene phone caller. Does she care? No, she falls in love with him. She must embark now on the ultimate sexual odyssey to discover the joys of true spoken obscenity.

This film is unlike anything else ever made - as original as ERASERHEAD, as meaningless as an Osmond Brothers album. You have to see it...if for no other reason to witness Barry Morse's cameo to end all cameos. They surely COULDN'T have paid him to do it...he MUST have paid them!

I have had this film for twenty years and STILL haven't let my kids see it! I think mine is the only copy in Australia, if not the southern hemisphere. A deep deep underground film that could NEVER have found theatrical release I imagine.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Telephone Book See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Rosebud Films See more »
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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