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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and a great read., 6 Jan. 2000
This review is from: Come Play with Me: The Life and Films of Mary Millington (Paperback)
From the highs of Eskimo Nell to the lows of David Galaxy the British sex film was a short, prolific and, in most cases, profitable genre. Companies such as Columbia, Warner Bros and EMI even got in on the act. Sure, 90% of it was crap, but who can complain about the line-up of talent the films attracted. Unlike any other country that produced a myriad of soft-core porn product, the British producers were able to stock their casts and crews from a pool of well known and, in most cases, respected talents.
Directors such as Val Guest, Robert Young, Martin Campbell, Wolf Rilla and even Jonathan Demme switched on their megaphones to conduct the humping and comedy caperings. (Rilla replaced Demme on Secrets of A door to Door Salesman) Lighting cameramen such as Norman Warwick, Alex Thomson, Peter Hannan, Peter Sinclair and John Metcalf pulled out their light meters. Actors such as Diana Dors, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett, Jack Wild, Irene Handle, Joan Hickson, Jon Pertwee, Christopher Timothy, Alfie Bass, Ronald Fraser, Julian Orchard, Carmen Silvera, George Baker, Ian Hendry, Dandy Nichols, Dudley Sutton, Debbie Ash, Bill Kerr, Anthony Sharpe, Joanna Lumley, Nicola Pagett, Valarie Leon (never nude, unfortunately), Aimi MacDonald, Joan Collins, god, the list is endless, eagerly learnt lines from the best and worst scripts thrust through their letter boxes.
Then there was the rise of starlets such as Suzy Mandel, Nicola Austine (a real cracker in my books. I have amongst my collection an as new copy of the novel Confessions of a Driving Instructor with her chest bursting forth from the cover), Katya Wyeth, Franciose Pascal, Monika Ringwald, Jenny Westbrook, Rosemary England.
And then, of course, there was the great Mary Millington, who has now finally received the attention she deserved, and craved, in Simon Sheridan's concise, well-researched and informative book. A must for Millington fans and/or for anyone interested in the genre of films she appeared in. It would even be an interesting read for people not familiar with its subject.
Covering her life from her birth to her death by her own hand, Sheridan has produced a book that is not only well written and researched, but also crammed packed with a plethora of photos and artwork, making it a visual treat as well. He even talks about the man who designed and drew the stunning posters used to advertise the films. Now all that is left to do is for Sheridan to write a book covering the whole genre. The only one available is David McGillivray's Doing Rude Things, which I found less than stimulating.
Recommended viewing: Eskimo Nell, Confessions of a Window Cleaner, Pop Performer, Driving Instructor, From a Holiday Camp, Adventures of a Taxi Driver, Private Eye and Plumber's Mate, What's up Nurse, What's up Superdoc, *The Stud, Come Play With Me, *Up Pompeii, *The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, and possibly Keep it Up Downstairs, simply for its production values, not for its mundane script.
Watch at your own peril: The Ups & Downs of a Handy Man, The Amorous Milkman, Keep it up Jack, The Playbirds, Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair, Can I Keep it Up For A Week, Secrets of a Door to Door Salesman and I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight. Obviously there are plenty of others, but this is compiled from the ones I've seen.
Based on the quality of this book I will certainly be interested in a few other titles from FAB press.
A point of interest: Jack Wild's official web site fails to list Keep it Up Downstairs among his credits.
Further reading: Confessions of Robin Askwith, also available from Amazons
*These films aren't usually classified along with the others but they are still sex films, just with much larger budgets and stars.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2011 20:35:03 GMT
Mike Hampton says:
Thanks for your review Chris. Very informative . I was a big fan of Mary and her tragic demise was a terrible. She didn't deserve the treatment she received from the establishment . I only hope that she finally gets the recognition she deserves . Something she never got in her tragically short life. R.I P MARY.

Posted on 14 Feb 2015 14:22:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2015 14:29:35 GMT
R.I.P. Mary...
And R.I.P. Chris O'Loughlin, writer of the above - passionate and insightful - review.
The author of 'Come Play With Me', Simon Sheridan, took the time to post some appreciative words regarding Chris' kind and supportive review on his own personal website, upon Mr O'Loughlin's recent sad passing. A wonderful gesture, fully deserved.

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