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It's Not the Size That Counts (1974)

Percy's Progress (original title)
Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Sid Colin, Raymond Hitchcock (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh Lawson ... Percy Edward Anthony
Elke Sommer ... Clarissa
Denholm Elliott ... Sir Emmanuel Whitbread
Judy Geeson ... Dr. Fairweather
Harry H. Corbett ... Prime Minister
Vincent Price ... Stavos Mammonian
Adrienne Posta ... P.C. 217 'Iris'
Julie Ege ... Miss Hanson
Barry Humphries ... Dr. Anderson / Australian TV Lady
James Booth James Booth ... Jeffcot
Milo O'Shea ... Dr. Klein
Ronald Fraser ... Bleeker
Anthony Andrews ... Catchpole
Bernard Lee ... Barraclough
Madeline Smith ... Miss UK
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Storyline

Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1976 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Not the Size That Counts See more »

Filming Locations:

Cyprus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Welbeck Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denholm Elliott reprises his role as Emmanuel (later Sir Emmanuel) Whitbread from Percy (1971). Elke Sommer and Adrienne Posta also appeared in that film, but playing different parts. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister: There's only one erection in the entire universe - and it's got a GB plate on it!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S version of the film (retitled "It's Not The Size That Counts") featured additional footage shot by the distributors. These included an opening scene showing a penis transplant operation and a brief scene where a dwarf leaps out of a woman's bed (she then says the film's U.S title). The dwarf was played by Luis De Jesus who was more infamously known for playing Ralphus in Bloodsucking Freaks. See more »

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Follows Percy (1971) See more »

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The Nutcracker
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Dire... but better than the original
29 December 2014 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

In many ways, watching "Percy's Progress" is a depressing experience.

Not only because it was a failure as a comedy, but that the quality cast it assembled and capable director/producer team had seen much better days and illustrated how much of a rut the UK film industry was in the mid-1970s

The film's humour, a predictably endless series of double-entendres, is generally tedious.

Having said that, it could've been worse and is a slight improvement on the original 1971 film, "Percy".

This is because "Percy" tried to have it's cake and eat it too; be both a low-brow sex comedy and a serious analysis of the central character's predicament (and unsuccessful on both counts). This resulted in star Hywel Bennett's sad sack performance which belonged in another film.

At least "Percy's Progress" doesn't pretend it's anything other than a bawdy sex comedy and is a bit livelier than it's predecessor. It's farcical elements aren't particularly funny, but at least it's trying.

And there are minor pleasures in the performances. As the central character (although actually playing a different person from the first film technically), Leigh Lawson is an improvement on Bennett and is a fairly amiable rogue of a character.

And there are inevitable minor pleasures from a strong cast, including Corbett in an enjoyable performance as a Harold Wilson- type PM. And any film that has Vincent Price in it is always raised a level or two.

But overall, apart from being curio of 1970s UK cinema, this is a film not worth seeking out.


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