- Actors: Beryl Reid, Harry Andrews, Peter McEnery, Alan Webb, Charles Sinnickson
- Directors: Douglas Hickox
- Writers: Clive Exton, Joe Orton
- Producers: Douglas Kentish
- Format: VHS, CLV
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: 1 Aug. 1994
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CIUX
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Entertaining Mr Sloane [VHS]
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Adaptation of the risqué play by Joe Orton. Kath (Beryl Reid) and Ed (Harry Andrews) are a lonely middle-aged brother and sister who live together. When Kath meets Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) in a cemetery and falls for his charms, she invites him to become a lodger. Before long, Ed has fallen for Sloane's charms also and hires him to be his chauffeur, taking an unwholesome interest in Sloane's tight leather uniform. While Kath and Ed rival for Sloane's affections, their invalid father becomes increasingly convinced that he has some connection to an old unsolved murder. Trapped between the three of them, Sloane makes a shocking decision which has unexpected results.
An attractive young charmer by the name of Mr. Sloane weasels his way into the lives of a middle-aged brother and sister, while trying to disguise the truth about his unpleasant past. This black comedy is based on a work by Joe Orton, the taboo-tweaking British playwright who delighted in loading his dialogue with satirical insights and racy double entendres. Indeed, sexual tension drives the plot from the very beginning, when the lonely Kath (Beryl Reid) spots Mr. Sloane (Peter McEnery) in a cemetery and invites him to become a boarder. Despite the age difference, Sloane coyly plays along with her flirtations for his own benefit. Their fun seems over when Kath's brother Ed (Harry Andrews) shows up, but the prim and proper gentleman also takes a shine to Sloane, hiring him as his chauffeur and taking particular interest in the young man's tight leather uniform. Kath and Ed's elderly father, however, develops a strong hatred of Sloane, and accuses to him of being involved in an old, unsolved murder. Though the translation to the screen is somewhat uneven, the controversial elements of Orton's text are mostly preserved, and his gleefully amoral tone survives intact. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
A good example of early 70's British film making that wasn't either a dodgy Carry On, sit-com spin off or even dodgier Hammer Horror effort. Worth a look and well played by Beryl, Harry Andrews and the irrepressible Peter McEnery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't know why I bothered. was looking forward to seeing this film again as not seen it since it first came out and could just about remember it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by merlin
Not much to add here to the rest of the other five star reviews here on Amo but Entertaining Mr Sloane, based on the play by Joe Orton, is an utterly mundane and bizarre classic... Read morePublished 17 months ago by McRonson