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4.4 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 8 October 2017
'The Adventures of a 20th Century Libertine', as it's subtitled, follows the philandering Henry Newhouse, played by Leslie Phillips. Newhouse is an outrageous womaniser, constantly trying to cover his tracks and always with an eye for his next liason. However, his pecadillos don't always go to plan and frequently backfire. He's an absolute cad and behaves so badly, but you can't help but like him and even feel sorry for him (well, just a little bit) when it all goes wrong. It's the quality of the writing from the legendary Galton & Simpson, plus an endearing performance from Phillips, that make it so funny. Newhouse is very flawed, but human flaws and weaknesses are the backbone of good comedy. We laugh at Newhouse's disasters, such as having to spend the weekend hiding in a wardrobe, but we feel for him at the same time. His flaws may not be the same as ours, but we all have weaknesses and this is what good comedy does, it allows us to laugh vicariously at ourselves by exaggerating human weakness in others. In Cassanova 73 this is done incredibly well, you cringe at Newhouse's audacity, yet pity him when it all goes wrong, and all the way through it's hilarious.
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on 1 October 2017
A reminder of just how liberal attitudes were in the 70's. Not PC at all and all the better for it. Written by Galton and Simpson and a leading role for Leslie Phillips in typical smooth seducer mode, and often coming a cropper in his romantic adventures. Good supporting cast and plots and well worth a look.
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on 6 March 2014
I chose this DVD because i love this type of comedy, also i love Leslie Phillips he's a great actor.
I would recommend this DVD to all my friends and family.
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on 20 January 2015
If you are in a mood of spending 1/2 an hour watching a witty, pleasant, original series debunking the myth "No sex, please, we're British" this is the one to enjoy.
Highly recommendable
W.G. Retina
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on 3 July 2016
If you love this kind of saucy comedy (which I do) then this is for you. It's a shame there's only one series, but that's all they made.
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on 19 July 2015
Bit embarrassing - but also funny - in parts - buy as a curiosity and for the nostalgia.
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on 14 July 2014
Great saucy romp from the 70's
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on 5 January 2015
arrived quickly well packed and as described - though not much of a description. so as far as the supplier goes no hassles and would recommend.
As a historical document it captures and depicts the morays of the early 70's (just seeping over from last of the 60's). Obviously only as seen from a middleclass media perspective. the 'swinging 60's' hankering of the now successful media types come thru and Phillips portrays a not super successful philanderer whose wife seems to A live with it and B do some of her own.
As far as I know there was only one series Although if there was one the following year would that have been Casanova '74? and therefore a different series? Anyroad It only really deserved one run and was clearly a vehicle for Phillips.
it doesn't just look dated, it IS dated. however it is fascinating to see that some things are still the same 41/42 years later.
considering it is 4 decades old the productions values are quite good for a tv prog. good colour good sound some good acting although Phillips does fluff his lines once in a while.
I cant give it 5 stars because its not brilliant, but it does get 4 because it is what it says it is.
ACID TEST: would I buy it again - probably not but I'm glad I've seen it.
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on 5 April 2014
Basically Leslie Phillips playing Leslie Phillips ( which is definitely not a bad thing) its British seaside humour for the small screen, maybe not to everyones liking , but give me this everytime over offering from Ricky Gervais, Jo brand and the rest on the none funny comedians brigade
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on 30 August 2012
'Casavova 73' was mentioned in Dominic Sandbrook's hatchet-job on 'The 70's'. He obviously was not a fan, though one must wonder how he managed to see it given he was born the year after it was transmitted, and that it has never been repeated anywhere ( he could have bought one of the many bootleg copies in circulation, but given his general dislike of the era, it seems unlikely ). The main inspiration was Dennis Potter's controversial 'Casanova' - starring Frank Finlay - which went out two years before ( hence the '73 in the title of this show ). It starred Leslie Phillips as twentieth-century libertine 'Henry Newhouse', a city executive whose hobby is sex. Despite being happily married to the lovely 'Carol' ( the late Jan Holden ), he pursues and charms into bed any beautiful woman he meets. Carol is aware of his philanderings, but turns a blind eye to them. He is earning good money and she knows how to spend it.

The show was by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who saw it as a spoof on the so-called permissive society. Many viewers did not get the point, and there were complaints galore about the sexist content ( how do you make a programme called 'Casanova 73' non-sexist? I personally found it far less offensive than many of today's shows, not forgetting that that commercial where secretaries leer at a window-cleaner ). The B.B.C. moved '73' from its Thursday peak-time slot to a much later one, where it was eventually forgotten. It is not in the same league as Galton and Simpson's 'Hancock's Half-Hour' and 'Steptoe & Son', but still contrives to be entertaining. You have to make allowances for the fact it is from a different era. Yes, it is sexist, but that is the whole point. This is Phillips the way we like him - a twinkle in his eye, a glass of champagne in his hand, and that come-back-to-my-place patter. The guest-stars include Maureen Lipman, Cyd Hayman, Madeline Smith, Josephine Tewson, and Elvi Hale. It is farce, pure and simple. In one episode, one of Henry's conquests' husband comes home unexpectedly early, and he has to spend the night hiding in the wardrobe. Another has Henry as the judge in a beauty contest. Perhaps the most jaw-dropping instalment is the one where Maddy Smith's character is due to be married, and, concerned about her sexual inexperience, asks Uncle Henry to take away her maidenhood ( don't worry, he doesn't ). Some will be quick to grumble it has 'not aged well'. Whatever that means. In my view it is all the better for being of its time. Enjoy.
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