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Queen of the Blues (1979)

A seedy striptease club in London's West End becomes the target for unpleasant crooks. The club's owners are blackmailed into paying out large wads of cash, but star attraction Mary Millington saves the day with her energetic stripping.

Director:

Willy Roe

Writer:

George Evans (as Joe Ireland)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Millington Mary Millington ... Mary, Queen of the Blues
Rosemary England Rosemary England ... Jill
John M. East John M. East ... Mike Carter
Allan Warren Allan Warren ... Tony Carter
Ballard Berkeley ... Uncle Fred (as Ballard Barclay)
Lynn Dean Lynn Dean ... Lucille
Felix Bowness Felix Bowness ... Eddie
Milton Reid ... Ricky
Robert Russell ... Roscoe
Cindy Truman Cindy Truman ... Mirabelle
Nicola Austin Nicola Austin ... Teresa
Lydia Lloyd Lydia Lloyd ... June
Rosalind Watts Rosalind Watts ... Jane
Pat Astley ... Rosetta
Faith Daykin Faith Daykin ... Charmaine
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Storyline

The Carter brothers buy a failing gentleman's club in Mayfair using money provided by their randy Uncle Fred. "The Blues Club" appears to be on the road to success until the local mob boss sends his goons to muscle in on the business, demanding protection money. Just when things seem darkest, help comes from an unexpected quarter. Written by Ocoee96

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Mary Millington is Queen of the Blues!

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Drama

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Trivia

In the night club scene John M. East wears a suit which belonged to his great friend Max Miller See more »

Goofs

During Nicola Austin's onstage striptease, a cutaway to the audience shows her sitting applauding herself. See more »

Connections

Featured in Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (2016) See more »

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She died beautiful
28 August 2020 | by GoingbeggingSee all my reviews

As this was being filmed, Mary Millington was sliding into drugs, debt and suicide - quite impossible to believe, watching the confident blonde stripper performing at her peak in the last days of her life.

The story is just an ordinary floor-show in a Soho club. Basement bar-room, piped music, dirty old men, a gaggle of hard-bitten hookers exchanging cynical humour behind a flimsy curtain, and the heavy mob never out of sight for long. If you wanted to be generous, you could call it 'cinema verité'. Others might just call it fly-on-the-wall.

The club has been bought by two brothers, on the proceeds of an unexpectedly generous gift of cash from their uncle, of whose business affairs they know nothing. But where's there's brass, there's muck, and the brothers soon get the offer they (supposedly) can't refuse from Mr. Nice and Mr. Nasty, played by the laddish Felix Bowness and the murderous Milton Reid. The brothers are very poorly cast, especially the leader, played by the wimpish John East whose attempts to intimidate the gangsters are pathetically unconvincing. He is almost as bad trying to impersonate Max Miller during the intervals, actually wearing one of the great man's suits. (Incredibly, the two men had been close friends.) The elbow-game is looking like a walkover by the mob until the surprise-ending, which we can't divulge, but which reveals how the uncle made his fortune.

Try counting how many times Felix Bowness says "Cor, I'd like to get a load of that", and you'll gather that neither the plot nor the dialogue are exactly rich with subtlety. The opening theme is obviously a cut-price imitation of 'The Stripper', and the various acts are accompanied by the usual cod-oriental snake-charmer music. And while you expect a strip-club receptionist to have seen it all, the mysterious Geraldine Hooper manages to look shocked every time.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mavile Kraliçe See more »

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Roldvale See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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