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Penelope Pulls It Off (1975)

An art dealer and her sex-crazed teenage daughter Penelope use sex to sell forged paintings.


Peter Curran


Jonathan Walters (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Linda Marlowe ... Lady Charterley
Anna Bergman ... Penelope Charterley
Nicholas Day ... Jeremiah
Horst G. Fleck Horst G. Fleck ... Herman
Benno Hummer Benno Hummer ... Quentin Roberts
Reiner Brönneke Reiner Brönneke ... Mark Antony (as Rainer Brönnecke)
Judith de la Couronne Judith de la Couronne ... Madame Dupont
Ron Kitchener Ron Kitchener ... Andre Copin
George Murcell ... Owen
Rico Bernwinkler Rico Bernwinkler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harald Eggers Harald Eggers ... Claudius
Karin Janssen Karin Janssen ... Fortunata
Marion Koos Marion Koos ... Diana
Ernst Mack Ernst Mack ... Nero
Weta Schmidt Weta Schmidt ... Lucretia


An art dealer and her sex-crazed teenage daughter Penelope use sex to sell forged paintings.

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She tricks them, teases them, tantalises them, then... See more »




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UK | West Germany



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November 1975 (UK) See more »

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Elsinore Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Referenced in Beasts: Buddyboy (1976) See more »

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Better-than-average 1970s soft-core sex comedy
27 March 2008 | by whatleymSee all my reviews

This movie is a mid-70s soft-core sex comedy, reviewed here as I've recently obtained it on DVD. It is a joint Anglo/German production, the scenes are set in Germany but the dialogue is entirely English and one of the lead actors drives an archetypal British sports car - a Triumph Spitfire. The movie marks the first appearance for the Swedish starlet Anna Bergman who many of us in the U.K. know best from the Mind Your Language TV series. She plays Penelope Charterley, daughter of the widowed aristocrat Lady Charterley (played by the versatile Linda 'Harriet Zapper' Marlowe). She inherited a large house and a collection of paintings from her late husband but is now running short of money to keep her in the style to which she and her daughter have become accustomed. So she assigns some artists to produce forgeries for her - which she then needs to get verified as genuine by art experts before selling them at auction. The story line centres around how the 2 Charterleys seduce the art experts into signing the verification forms. Two artists are assigned to produce the fakes: a Welshman - the temperamental Owen (George Murcell); and a German - Benno (Quentin Roberts) who invariably paints surrounded by a bevy of naked women! One of the art-expert verifiers Jeremiah (Nicholas Day) falls for Penelope and a relationship begins between them.

This movie is, in my opinion, lifted above the standard of many of its contemporaries of the time for two reasons. The larger-than-normal film budget - which stretches to the hiring of speedboats, mansions with several swimming pools and superb sets/scenery/costumes. And the acting abilities of newbie Anna Bergman and especially Linda Marlowe. I'm not quite sure what persuaded Linda to star in a sex comedy but she gives it her all. She only fails to convince on one scene - where she mimes terribly whilst allegedly 'playing' a saxophone. In particular, the scene mid-film where she introduces a selection of exotic foods at a mock Roman banquet around an indoor swimming pool is superb. And she does of course have several topless/nude scenes in this film. She was aged 35 when she made this film but even acting right next to the often-naked but much younger Anna Bergman she still looks good!

So in summary: if you get a chance to view or obtain this movie - take it. It won't be nominated for any Oscars and the acting of many of the German supporting cast is wooden but it's a decent 90 minutes of entertainment. And of course it includes numerous nude scenes from many actresses, many of them unknown, but Anna and Linda naked are a treat for the eyes!

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