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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 »


Stanley H. Brassloff (as Stanley H. Brasloff)


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




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 ... 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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »


Lonely Am I
Written by Cathy Lynn (uncredited)
Sung by T.L. Davis
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Her only joy is a cuddly toy.
20 January 2021 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Nineteen going on twenty, Jamie Godard (Marcia Forbes) has issues. When she was a little girl, her father doted on her, but his liking for prostitutes saw him thrown out of the house, leaving Jamie longing for dear daddy while her bitter mother told her that all men are worthless. Jamie's love for her father leads to an unhealthy obsession with the toys that he sends her, and a curiosity about the women of the night with whom daddy associates.

When Jamie strikes up a friendship with working girl Pearl (Evelyn Kingsley), her mother throws her out, and so she goes and gets hitched to her toy-store co-worker Charlie Belmond (Harlan Cary Poe), who is keen to get his tasty young bride in the sack. Unfortunately for Charlie, Jamie has no interest in him sexually, preferring the company of her toys in bed. Understandably frustrated, Charlie hits the local night spots to pick up women who will take care of his needs. Eventually, Jamie moves in with Pearl and her pimp Eddie (a wonderfully slimy performance from Luis Arroyo), changes her look and decides to sell her body, just like the ladies that daddy loves so much - a career choice that indulges her incestuous fantasies, but ultimately leads to tragedy.

Wow! This is one of those totally messed up '70s gems that makes being a fan of obscure cult cinematic oddities such fun. Oozing perversity without being excessively sleazy (nudity is kept to a minimum), it trundles along its increasingly twisted path, benefitting from a winning central performance from the delectable Miss Forbes in her one and only movie role. Writer/director Stanley H. Brassloff's restraint only goes to make the shocking final act all the more impactful.

For those who like their movies to explore taboo themes and possess an emotional wallop, this is highly recommended viewing, and would make a terrific double bill with the equally perverse Love Me Deadly (1972), which deals with the uncomfortable subject of necrophilia.

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June 1972 (USA) See more »

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How to Make Love to a Virgin See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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