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Toys Are Not for Children (1972)

R | | Drama | June 1972 (USA)
Emotionally stunted child woman Jamie Godard not only suffers from an unhealthy fixation on her long absent father, but also has an obsession with all the toys he gave her as a little girl.... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley H. Brassloff (as Stanley H. Brasloff)

Writers:

Macs McAree (screenplay), Stanley H. Brassloff (story) (as Stanley H. Brasloff)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Forbes Marcia Forbes ... Jamie Godard
Harlan Cary Poe Harlan Cary Poe ... Charlie Belmond
Evelyn Kingsley Evelyn Kingsley ... Pearl Valdi
Luis Arroyo Luis Arroyo ... Eddie
Fran Warren ... Edna Godard
Peter Lightstone Peter Lightstone ... Phillip Godard
Tiberia Mitri Tiberia Mitri ... Jamie as a Child
N.J. Osrag N.J. Osrag ... Max Geunther
Jack Cobb Jack Cobb ... The Blindfolded 'John'
Ronnie Kahn Ronnie Kahn ... Hank
Ralph Shaw Ralph Shaw ... Hotel Waiter
Robert Hazelton Robert Hazelton ... Justice of the Peace
Salee Corso Salee Corso ... Elaine - Girl in Club
Irene Signoretti Irene Signoretti ... Gloria
Mark Justin Mark Justin ... Roy - Postman
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Storyline

Emotionally stunted child woman Jamie Godard not only suffers from an unhealthy fixation on her long absent father, but also has an obsession with all the toys he gave her as a little girl. After getting a job at a toy store, Jamie decides to marry co-worker Charlie Belmond. When the marriage doesn't work out, Jamie runs away to New York City and becomes a prostitute who specializes in servicing perverted old men who want to play daddy with her. Written by Woodyanders

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The shock sets in!

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Make Love to a Virgin See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fran Warren, who plays the dramatic role of Edna Godard, was a major recording star in the 40's and 50's and her most famous recording was "A Sunday Kind of Love." Her only previous feature film was "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd." See more »

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Referenced in Dirty Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play (2019) See more »

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Lonely Am I
Written by Cathy Lynn (uncredited)
Sung by T.L. Davis
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Incredibly Bizarre Psychodrama
3 August 2019 | by jamesmorgan-04114See all my reviews

Toys Are Not For Children and this movie isn't for everyone. Aesthetically, it looks like it was scrapped together with a child's leftover lunch money, but the story, while sleazy, seems to have higher aspirations than low budget sleaze.

A young woman has an unhealthy obsession with her father whom she never sees since her mother separated from him due to his various infidelities. She lives in a stunted kind of existence, still playing with toys he bought her. This infuriates her husband whose upset that she doesn't want to have sex with him. Unhappy with her life, she runs away and ends up befriending a middle aged high class prostitute who gets her into the world's oldest profession where she meets men who are old enough to be her father and...well...let's just leave it at that.

If one were to read this script, I'm sure it would practically ooze sleaze, but the film itself feels more like a slightly more edgy after school special with precious little actual nudity or sexual content. Performances are spirited in that grand old low budget film way and one could almost believe they were brought over from the John Waters or Andy Milligan flick filming a few states away.

Toys Are Not For Children does a great job of balancing true drama and sleaze.


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