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Pleasure Girls, The (1965)

In the Swinging Sixties, aspiring model Sally Feathers arrives in London and shares a house with three other girls who all have complicated love lives.

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Sally (Francesca Annis) moves to London to pursue a modelling career, fresh from the country “like a new-laid egg”.

She moves into a house in Notting Hill with Angela (Anneke Wills) and Dee (Suzanna Leigh) and the trio experience the world of Swinging London over the course of a weekend filled with parties, blossoming friendships, and romantic encounters with Keith (Ian McShane) and Nikko (Klaus Kinski).

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Still with teddies tucked in their beds, the girls are underprepared for the freedoms of sexually liberated London, and the bad sorts that shark its depths.

Klaus Kinski is one such character, an oily, slum landlord modelled on the real-life Peter Rachman.

It’s an exasperating effort from writer/director Gerry O’Hara, who seems to think that incessant references to sexual freedom are enough to sustain a paper-thin story about the ever-changing relationships of Sally and her flatmates.

It’s difficult to see how the script, which strains every sinew to be “gear” and “fab”, was ever considered audacious, as the sting is drawn from almost every situation and the moralistic tone towards the end is unbearably establishment.

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Keith Dexter
Ian McShane
Sally Feathers
Francesca Annis
Nikko
Klaus Kinski
Prinny
Mark Eden
Paddy
Tony Tanner
Marion
Rosemary Nicols
Dee
Suzanna Leigh
Angela
Annika Wills
Cobber
Coleen Fitzpatrick

Director
Gerry O’Hara