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DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK From NETWORK STUDIO CANAL
on 1 September 2014
I wish I could be as enthusiastic about this Network release of a long unseen film, but I just can't. NETWORK have, as usual given us a marvellous transfer_Scope 2.35 ratio, good colour picture and sound, with, somewhat mysteriously, "Mute Film Inserts", a trailer and Image Gallery. No subs. A good price makes this a VFM DVD in quality. Sadly I found the film unamusing and Todd embarrasingly miscast as a philandering Romeo trying to get every girl he meets into bed...It just isn't the Todd I know and like, ie "stiff upper lip" as opposed to...fill in the gap. The comedy is strained and the excellent support cast (John le Mes/Eleanor Summerfield/Colin Gordon/Ronnie Fraser are wasted. The sex scenes seemed awkward to me. What saves the film from being a complete failure is a great performence from Judith Anderson who virtually steals every scene she has. And, of course Nicole Maurey, and my favourite, Elke Sommer, who wears shorts to die for and a bikini that sends you to heaven. Angela Douglas has a (very small part and Jane Merrow is one of Anderson's girls but I didn' t spot her. So, not a terrible film, but it has dated and doesn't wear well. For fans of Todd, and if you like Elke you will almost certainly enjoy her performence. Shame, but 3 stars is all I can manage.