I was saddened to learn over the weekend about the death of the actress Quinn O’Hara at the age of 76. I reached out to Quinn a number of years ago about her role in the 1970 film ‘Sweet and Sexy’ aka Foursome, and she very generously lent several quotes about the film to a write-up I did of Sweet and Sexy which originally ran in Bedabbled magazine (#4).
I say ‘generously’ because this wasn’t a film Quinn held in high regard (to put it mildly) and one that I got the impression held no good memories for her. Amongst her claims were that Quinn had invited several leading film critics of the day –including Ian Christie - to appear in Sweet and Sexy as extras in the hope that this would prevent them from later critiquing the film, and that the released version of the film bore little resemblance to the film she believed she was acting in. While she was complimentary about the film’s director, Quinn was scathing about its distributor who she claimed had never fully paid her for appearing in the film “I doubt the movie was a blockbuster, but I am sure it made Miracle Films some money and they are the ones that should pay the salary…but I have long given up on that…I could certainly use it…but its their karma”. Outside of Sweet and Sexy, I only really knew of Quinn from her role in Larry Buchanan’s ‘In the Year 2889’ (1967). Though I suspect this says more about my viewing habits than the extent of Quinn’s busy career which included nearly five decades worth of movies and TV shows. She seemed especially fond of her role in 1966’s The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.
Quinn didn’t actually catch up with the dreaded Sweet and Sexy till many years after the fact, when Something Weird Video put it out on VHS and Quinn’s husband bought her a copy as a surprise. “A terrible movie with a terrible outcome” was the verdict “I was peeking between my fingers which were on my face while watching this epic…I mean, I am soo very embarrassed by this”. Indeed Quinn was so appalled by what she saw that she even took to the film’s IMDB page to write-up her own thoughts on the matter there. All this in mind, I’m quite surprised she ever got back to me at all, but the fact that she did says much about what a sweet, good egg she was. Quinn used to sign off her emails with “may you always have love and laughter in your life”, and I hope she had plenty of both in hers. RIP
A look at
the lesser known sequel to 1983’s GBH, in which Cliff Twemlow reprises the role
of Steve ‘The Mancunian’ Donovan (also features nose biting, butt blasting and a
cameo from drag act Bunny Lewis)
Long considered the rarest of the rare in both British horror and British sexploitation collector circles, Derek Robbin’s The Sex Victims (1973) has recently resurfaced via the BFI player service and is available to watch for free online at http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-sex-victims-1973/
Special thanks to Darrell Buxton for making me aware of this one resurfacing (by posting about it elsewhere on the net).
Also currently up on the BFI Player is another never released on VHS or DVD British sexploitation obscurity The Over Amorous Artist (1974), under its aka title ‘Just One More Time’. Produced by the man they love to hunt David Hamilton Grant, this prototypical British sex comedy stars John Hamill as artist and househusband Alan Street, whose attempts at multi-tasking are continually being thwarted by a browned up Pakistani door to door salesman, a badly dubbed women’s libber, various suburban nymphos and ‘Rover the Dog’. Title song performed by Elvis Costello’s dad. Unintentionally funniest moment involves the dog becoming hysterical when Hamill flashes his cock toward the end, this caused me to laugh out loud in public whilst watching this on an apple iPod….which was rather embarrassing.
also available to watch for free on the BFI player (and of possible interest to readers of this blog): the Bob Godfrey sextoons 'Dear Margery Boobs' (1977) and 'Dream Doll' (1979) and the Harrison Marks glamour films 'Xcitement' and 'Vampire'.
A look at 1988’s The Eye of Satan, a mixture of British horror and British gangster film starring Cliff ‘GBH’ Twemlow. I do have this irritating habit of pronouncing his ‘Twem-a-low’ (as in the band The Tremeloes) so apologies in advance if I’ve screwed up the pronunciation anytime during this video. I do like to champion his films, even if i have trouble getting his name right!!!