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The Sex Thief (1973)

X | | Comedy | April 1974 (USA)
An inspector and an insurance investigator both have a major stake in revealing the identity of an audacious jewel thief.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Michael Armstrong (screenplay) (as Edward Hyde), Tudor Gates (screenplay) (as Edward Hyde)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Westbrook Jennifer Westbrook ... Emily Barrow (as Jenny Westbrook)
David Warbeck ... Grant Henry
Henry Rayner Henry Rayner ... Constable
Gerald Taylor ... Herbert Barrow
Michael Armstrong ... Sergeant Plinth
Terence Edmond Terence Edmond ... Inspector Smith
Diane Keen ... Judy Martin
Christopher Neil Christopher Neil ... Guy Hammond
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Jacobi
Gloria Maley Gloria Maley ... Angie (as Gloria Walker)
Christopher Biggins ... Porky Prescott
Christopher Mitchell ... Wensleydale
Eric Deacon Eric Deacon ... Crabshaw
Susan Glanville Susan Glanville ... Florinda Prescott
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Jezebel (as Linda Coombes)
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Storyline

An inspector and an insurance investigator both have a major stake in revealing the identity of an audacious jewel thief.

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... he rides by night. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Handful of Diamonds See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Last feature film of Harvey Hall. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sex in the 70s: Blue Movies (2005) See more »

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Good fun movie
26 April 2008 | by thewholebrevitythingSee all my reviews

This Brit Comedy stars David Warbeck as a masked thief whose dalliance with crime has more to do with fun and passion than robbery. He is a criminal by choice, not by necessity. As two policemen attempt to track him down--offering plenty of raunchy commentary along the way--THE SEX THIEF delivers one funny punch line after another.

This version entitled 'Her Family Jewels' dubiously resurfaced in the UK years later under the premise that semi-famous British thesps (Dianne Keen, Christopher Biggins) had once appeared in an X-rated movie. RADA trained Michael Armstrong who acts in the film as a breast obsessed cop and wrote the film under demonic alter ego 'Edward Hyde', is most familiar to exploitation fans for the much banned Mark of the Devil as well as the autobiographical Eskimo Nell. Viewers familiar with the latter will no doubt feel a sense of deja vu here as several characters and scenarios make premature appearances in The Sex Thief. Another discovery is actress Gloria Walker aka Gloria Maley who went from being worked over by Warbeck's buzzing 'simulator' to providing blood and guts effects for the gruesome Inseminoid (1980)- a more diverse career move is hard to imagine. The Sex Thief rises above the typical British sexpo thanks to some pointed raunchiness, a surprisingly subversive script and a charismatic leading man. Warbeck was once apparently the mysterious house breaking protagonist of the Milk Tray ads whilst director Martin Campbell recently made the big budget James Bond movie (and is linked to the remake of Alfred Hitchcocks stunning film 'The Birds') two things worth pondering while you watch The Sex Thief.


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