January 2, 2017

Films

Au Pair Girls – 1972 | 86 mins | Comedy | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

Au Pair Girls

Veteran director Val Guest decided in the early 1970s to venture into the then popular market of sex comedies, and having watched Danish box-office successes Bedroom Mazurka after a recommendation from BBFC censor John Trevelyan, set about writing a British variant in similar style based on a raunchy storyline by self-proclaimed ‘King of Sexploitation’ David Grant. Guest subsequently attempted to distance himself from Au Pair girls and claimed he’d never direct a sex comedy again. Yet two years later he helmed one of the biggest movies of his long career, Confessions of a Window Cleaner. The cast includes RADA-trained Gabrielle Drake, a recognisable face from Gerry Anderson�s UFO tv series, emerging from a water trough in a clinging wet dress.

The film follows 24 chaotic hours in the lives of four sexy au pair girls who arrive in London through the Overseas Employment Agency. There’s Swedish Anita (Astrid Frank), Danish Randi (Gabrielle Drake), German Christa (Nancie Wait) and Nan Lee (Me Me Lay) from China. At the agency all the young ladies are assigned their new placements and immediately get to work.

Anita is placed with the suburban Howard family and seems initially more concerned as to whether or not they have a colour television. Christa too finds work with a middle-class family and is offered up as a virginal gift to hairy rockstar Ricky. Nan Lee meanwhile is found employment with the aristocracy, and moves into the Tryke stately home to care for cosseted virtuoso pianist Rupert. Busty Randi Lindstrom is driving to her new place of work with eager young junior exec Stephen Wainwright (Richard O’Sullivan) when his Rolls-Royce gets a puncture and the couple are forced into taking

Production Team

Val Guest: Director
Roy Forge Smith: Art Direction
John Wilcox: Cinematography
John Colville: Film Editing
Jill Carpenter: Makeup Department
Stephanie Kaye: Makeup Department
Roger Webb: Original Music
Guido Coen: Producer
Val Guest: Script
David Adnopoz: Script
Barry Copland: Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys: Sound Department

Cast

Astrid Frank: Anita Sector
Johnny Briggs: Malcolm
Gabrielle Drake: Randi Lindstrom
Me Me Lai: Nan Lee
Nancie Wait: Christa Geisler
Joyce Heron: Mrs Stevenson
Daphne Anderson: Mrs Howard
Geoffrey Bayldon: Mr Howard
Roger Avon: Rathbone
Rosalie Crutchley: Lady Tryke
Harold Bennett: Lord Tryke
Julian Barnes: Rupert
John Le Mesurier: Mr Wainwright
Richard O’Sullivan: Stephen
Derek Gray: Farmer
Charles Morgan: Fred
Marianne Stone: Mrs Fairfax



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