Pugnacious publicity agent Bert Lane (Ronald Shiner) approaches wealthy Mrs Anstey (Jean Cadell) for funds to market a new cleaning gadget – the “Demon” – which has been invented by his brother-in-law Peter, the Marquess of Hurlingford (Colin Gordon) and his former showgirl wife, Kitty (Diane Hart), Bert’s sister.
The result of their encounter is that Bert finds himself involved in a clean-up campaign of a different kind – Mrs A’s one-woman crusade to clean up the British theatre.
Bert isn’t too keen – until he finds there’s a chance to make the acquaintance of several strippers in the process.
Things come to a head when Bert is forced to lead a protest march to the Follies Theatre, where scantily-clad showgirls dance twice nightly. The girls have been warned, though, and are waiting with baskets of ripe tomatoes.
James Hayter plays the part of Mr Bouncenboy, the mercurial boss of Dynamic Publicity Ltd.
Set in the theatreland of London’s West End, this unsophisticated dizzy comedy has ancient gags (ranging from slapstick to striptease) which don’t always hit the mark, but the brisk pace keeps the film ticking along. Ronald Shiner clearly enjoys his own jokes.
Kitty, Marchioness of Hurlingford
Peter, Marquess of Hurlingford