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Please Turn Over [DVD]
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Late 1950s British comedy starring Julia Lockwood, Leslie Phillips and Joan Sims. When 17-year-old Jo Halliday (Lockwood) writes a steamy bestselling novel loosely based on her family and other residents of her quiet home town, all kinds of scandals come to the surface, causing chaos in this seemingly respectable backwater.
A titillating British farce partly inspired by Peyton Place, Please Turn Over was based on the long-running West End play Book of the Month by Basil Thomas.
The orderly suburban life of a 1950s English town is turned on its head when the teenage daughter (Julia Lockwood, Heidi) of one of the residents writes a steamy bestseller featuring characters obviously based on the local population. They begin to see themselves and their neighbours in a surprising new light. As the girl's fame escalates, her friends and family enter the realm of notoriety, which turns out not to be so bad after all.
From the Carry On writer-director team of Norman Hudis and Gerald Thomas, Leslie Phillips stands out amongst an estimable British cast including Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey and Lionel Jeffries as the wonderfully named Dr. Henry Manners.
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When a teenage girl becomes tired of her respectable, but hum-drum life, she decides to write a novel and what a novel! She uses the respectability of her family and friends, to create a saucy and mischievous story of what life could be like, were things not quite so respectable. Her father (Ted Ray) is the epitome of respectability and honesty, both at home and in his work. He is the very last person anyone would suspect of having an affair or even embezzling money. A trusted uncle (Lionel Jeffries) as the somewhat bumbling driving instructor; certainly not one to "interfere" with his female pupils. Even the local doctor (Leslie Phillips) is highly respected (and respectable) and his Practice is virtually empty of patients, until, that is, "The Naked Revolt" is published.
When Edward Halliday's (Ted Ray) daughter, Jo (Julia Lockwood) publishes her novel in secret, pretty soon its contents are all over the small town, in which they live! The scandal! A phillandering, embezzling businessman, a saucy, sex-mad driving instructor, a dashing, womanising doctor; these are just a few of the characters young Jo invents and bases - extremely loosely - upon the people who are close to her. At the heart of it all, portrayed by the book, is a sad, lonely and downtrodden youngster, who captures the hearts and the pity of everyone who reads the book and instantly think it is true, because the characters bear so much resemblance to reality.
The film is, of course, a farce.Read more ›
'Jo' - played by Julia Lockwood (the daughter of great film star Margaret Lockwood) is bored with her teenage life in suburbia with her parents. She takes to writing a novel, but she doesn't come up with the usual themes, but writes about her whole family - but changes their behaviour which leads to some hilarious consequences... It all comes right in the end of course, and there's loads of familiar faces, including; Ted Ray, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Lionel Jeffries, Joan Hickson and an unusual role for Colin Gordon as an effeminate hairdresser!
When the family discover what the book contains they do their level best to prove to everyone that the book is not the literal truth, rather it is the work of an imaginative young girl who is coming to terms with her own sexuality. The family is hugely embarrassed but in their attempts to come to terms with an awkward situation they learn a few things about themselves.
I am pleased to see this film has finally been published on DVD.
A sort of comedic take on Peyton Place, it's a film that meets the expectations of those who are familiar with the cast and production team. Without being smutty or bawdy, it's more a gentle farce with some seamy undercurrents. The fun is mostly mined by the alternative world created by Lockwood when the townsfolk turn into adulterers and egotists. Rogers fills out the cast with performers he would come to rely on, where the likes of Joan Sims and Dilys Laye steal scenes, while Ray and Phillips turn in jolly good shows. Nice crisp B&W photography by Ted Scaife as well.
Not essential but a pleasant enough experience with a glass of Port on a Sunday afternoon. 6/10
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watched it years ago loved it then and nowPublished 18 months ago by Mrs Angela Wilson and Mr Duncan Wilson
This film is okay, I like it but it isn't quite what I thought it was going to be and I think it ends rather abruptly, I was expecting it to go on for longer but it has one of my... Read morePublished on 20 July 2013 by Fruity