HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Secrets of a Windmill Girl Save The Last Dance
Year: 1966
Director: Arnold L. Miller
Stars: April Wilding, Pauline Collins, Renee Houston, Derek Bond, Harry Fowler, Howard Marion-Crawford, Peter Gordeno, Peter Swanick, Martin Jarvis, Dierdre O'Dea, Pat Patterson, Jill Millard, Linda Page, Dana Gillespie, George Rutland, Leon Cortez
Genre: Drama, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Linda Grey (April Wilding) works as a cabaret singer in a London nightclub, and after finishing her act tonight goes backstage to her dressing room where she is greeted by a police inspector. As he tells her, one of her good friends was out with a man this evening, they both got drunk and as they drove away from the bar at high speeds through the streets, the partner lost control of the vehicle and they crashed into a wall, killing them both instantly. Linda is understandably upset, and has to go along the next day to identify the body...

Where conveniently for the story she related her history with her friend, who happened to be Pat, played by Pauline Collins in her movie debut, which might not be saying much for an actress who became an enduring star on television, but lest we forget she was Oscar-nominated for Shirley Valentine in a far better performance than this early effort afforded her the chances to shine in. This was an example of a movie slipping some nudity past the sixties censor, although rest assured the only women you saw in that state of undress here were not anyone with a speaking role as the actresses left that to the professional dancers.

That would be the Windmill Girls of the title, then, who Linda and Pat are meant to be, and as the somewhat hilarious theme song laments, "The Windmill Girls they were so gay, It's over now they've gone away!" indicating that the famed theatre had been closed for some time by the stage the film was released. That establishment was best served in the movies by the later work Mrs Henderson Presents, as that depicted it in its heyday during the Second World War where there was something patriotic about cheering up the troops with naked ladies on stage - not exactly strippers, as they famously were not allowed to move.

Here, on the other hand, the audience had dwindled to dirty old men, and even they were deserting it in favour of actual strip clubs which offered more thrills and less showbiz. We do get a lot of the latter thanks to many scenes of the entertainers, and that included a magician/comedian and a singer of bawdy songs as well as the dancers, one of whom offers up the famed fan dance which was apparently beyond anyone else in the film who participated in the offstage sequences: really, you can't help but notice nobody in the dressing room actually appears in front of the audience for the show. Unless that was one of the secrets of the title, as there were precious few other revelations here.

Mostly this was designed to showcase the acts, and send Pat on the road to ruin as her big plans to turn West End star come to naught and she ends up as a stripper who refuses to take her clothes off and instead stands in front of leering and jeering middle aged men and harangues them. As we already know how she'll finish her life, this would appear to be the filmmakers' idea of either an awful warning to all the young gels out there hoping for the bright lights, or a punishment for a woman who got too big for her boots, both of which are not exactly cheerful viewing. Those filmmakers went on to pioneer the British sex comedy in the next few years, but there wasn't much to laugh at here other than the unintentional chuckles brought about by the thudding unsubtlety of the drama. And those hoping for titillation? As with so much of the sexually-themed cinema of this nation, they were offered it with a moralistic angle, as if telling the audience off for their prurience.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 6596 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: