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The Telephone Book (1971)

Victim of an obscene caller becomes obsessed with her fantasy of ?him and attempts to track down IRL.

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Nelson Lyon

Writer:

Nelson Lyon
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Cast

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 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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Rosebud Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1971. See more »

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References We're Going to Be Rich (1938) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Written by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz
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Movie with Orgasm
29 October 2011 | by Perception_de_AmbiguitySee all my reviews

A film that I think aims to get the audience into a state of sexual ecstasy. There's no point to the plot nor is there a message. It's all about sexual fantasies. Nobody in the picture actually has sex, they just talk dirty and that's how they get off. Even when the young Goldie Hawn look-a-like main character meets her obscene caller he never takes off his pig mask and all he does is TALK sex. At many points when the sexual tension is at its height the movie cuts away to people talking into the camera about their habit of doing obscene phone calls or putting bananas into their vagina and so on, so I think it wants to play with the audience. The last 10 minutes it is piling it up, though. It gets louder and faster by the minute, and more animated. The movie certainly had an orgasm.

It's a very smudgy comedy, but barely funny. Kinda like a Russ Meyer picture but more experimental. There was an interesting moment at the theater. A guy on screen talks about his previous obsession of making dirty phone calls and it becomes more and more absurd but not particularly funny. Then the guy right next to me starts laughing out loud, and I mean really loud. He can't stop himself and goes "HA!" every few seconds. Gradually more and more people throughout the whole theater start laughing more or less because of what was on screen but they most certainly wouldn't have laughed if this guy hadn't started. When the next scene began it was all quiet again. There was close to no laughter throughout the rest of the picture.


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