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Naughty Wives (1973)

Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman (original title)
R | | Comedy | 1974 (USA)
A young man gets a job as a door-to-door salesman and tries to fight off advances from the female customers.

Director:

Wolf Rilla

Writers:

Joseph McGrath, Denis Norden (as Roy Nicholas)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Price ... David Clyde
Karen Boyes Karen Boyes ... Girlfriend
Steve Patterson Steve Patterson ... Anthony Clyde (as Steve Paterson)
Jean Harrington ... Martina
Chic Murray Chic Murray ... Policeman
Ray Marioni Ray Marioni ... American Tourist
Anita St. John Anita St. John ... American Tourist (as Anita St John)
Victoria Burgoyne ... Sally Cockburn
Felicity Devonshire Felicity Devonshire ... Susanne
Jacqueline Logan Jacqueline Logan ... Mrs. Donovan
Elizabeth Romilly Elizabeth Romilly ... Nancy
Jan Servais Jan Servais ... Jane
Jacqueline Afrique Jacqueline Afrique ... Rachel
Sue Longhurst Sue Longhurst ... Penny
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Jake Tripper
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A young man named David Clyde attempts to start a new life for himself. He gets a room in a boarding house that is occupied by several women. After a short stint as an actor, David works as a door-to-door vacuum salesman. He has little success at his new job and finds that he has to fight off sexual advances from his female customers and the girls he lives with. Written by Patrick Lin

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After all what's a woman to do when a handsome man rings her bell? See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naughty Wives See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Graham Stark, Chic Murray and Bernard Spear all receive "guest star" credits. See more »

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Jake Tripper: [he is on the phone] Now, Mr Clyde, you have got the part.
David Clyde: [he is in a telephone box] Don't you want to see me first? You know, what I look like, how I...
Jake Tripper: David, Baby, please don't do this to me, we're at crisis point. We're due to start shooting in the morning. This afternoon, the agent calls me up to tell me Rod Thrust can't make it tomorrow. Personally, I don't think he can make it any day. Penny tells me you're a natural, that's good enough for me. Can you be here by eight-thirty a.m.?
David Clyde: Mr. ...
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Referenced in Sex in the 70s: Blue Movies (2005) See more »

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Don't Turn Around
Words and Music Jane Le Touzel and Anna Green
Sung by Lesley Roach
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British sex comedy of the damned! (actually though, its not that bad)
7 May 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

As 70's British sex comedies go this is not nearly as good as "Eskimo Nell", "The Sex Thief", or some of the better "Confession of. ." entries. But it's certainly better than crap like "Sex Ray" and "The Amorous Milkman". A provincial lobster fisherman (Brendan Price) decides to come to London for some reason and winds up in a boardinghouse full of luscious lovelies. One them (Sue Longhurst) is an "actress" who gets him a job with her on a "blue movie" where she proceeds to shag the holy hell out of him for the British version--and then they do the "continental version"! Another of the girls, "Sally Cockburn" (pronounced "Coburn"), comes home to find him occupying her old room and bed, so even though they've never met, she proceeds to strip off and hop into bed with him. Felicity Devonshire meanwhile plays the youngest of the girls, a "17-year-old" who would no doubt succeed in teasing him to death, constantly flouncing around seriously under-dressed and begging him "to make her a woman", if he weren't getting so much sexual release from her "older" housemates.

There's also a repressed religious girl and a nice Jewish girl who gets him a job as a door-to-door salesman at the vacuum-cleaner company where she works, which finally justifies the title. Of course, this also gives him an opportunity to have even MORE sex with various randy housewives (and it gives the script a lot of opportunities to make bad jokes about "sucking" and "blowing"). This whole time though he has fallen in love with a French au pair (Jean Harrison), who he first picks up on the highway wrapped only in a towel after one of HER romantic escapades has gone awry, and he tries to convince her to stay in England. This movie has the kind of "fooled-around-and-fell-in-love" thing going, much more typical of Hollywood sex comedies, where it ultimately tries to move from raunchy to romantic. And like most of its Hollywood ilk, it is not entirely successful.

Still, I always enjoy Sue Longhurst and Felicity Devonshire (they were crumpet, but definitely grade-A crumpet) and Price and most of the other actors are pretty OK. Amazingly, this movie was directed by Wolf Rilla, who years earlier had directed the British horror/sci-fi classic "Village of the Damned". Obviously, HIS career had seen better days. But this is not an entirely embarrassing effort, especially as far as THIS genre goes.


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