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Salt and Pepper (1968)

Salt and Pepper





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Two steadfast members of Frank Sinatra's self-styled "clan," Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr., are the stars of Salt and Pepper. The boys run a swinging nightclub in London's Soho district (which explains their awful "mod" wardrobe) and also reluctantly double as secret agents. Their current assignment is to put the kibosh on a half-baked military officer (John LeMesurier), who plans to hijack a nuclear sub and hold England captive. The film is securely locked into the 1960s, with weird camera angles and out-of-focus optical effects, plenty of compliant young miniskirted damsels, and Bondlike action highlights. Salt and Pepper was followed two years later by a sequel, imaginatively titled One More Time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
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On DVD: Jan 25, 2005

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Peter Lawford
as Christopher Pepper
Michael Bates
as Inspector Crabbe
Ilona Rodgers
as Marianne Renaud
John Le Mesurier
as Col. Woodstock
Graham Stark
as Sgt. Walters
Ernest Clark
as Col. Balsom
Jeanne Roland
as Mai Ling
Robert Dorning
as Club Secretary
Geoffrey Lumsden
as Foreign Secretary
William Mervyn
as Prime Minister
Llewellyn Rees
as "Fake" Prime Ministe...
Mark Singleton
as "Fake" Home Secretar...
Michael Trubshawe
as "Fake" First Lord
Francisca Tu
as Tsai Chan
Jeremy Lloyd
as Lord Ponsonby
Ivor Dean
as Police Commissioner
Brian Harrison
as 1st Policeman
Harry Hutchinson
as Manservant
Max Faulkner
as Lieutenant
Nicholas Smith
as Constable
Joe Wadham
as Col. Woodstock's Aid...
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Charles Salt
Sean Lynch
as Blackjack Player
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Were it not for 2 members of the Rat Pack, Lawford and Davis Jr., this is barely worth watching. A spoof on spy films, comes complete with a car that does everything to help our reluctant heroes escape the villains.

Not even amusing, this pairing of co-stars, white guy (Peter Lawford as Pepper) and black (Sammy Davis, Jr. as Salt) becomes an outright silly comedy. If it were silly though, it might be entertaining. But this isn't entertaining. Obviously for retro fans only, the star power of Davis and Lawford at the time probably elevated this sorry excuse for a movie far beyond its worth.

The celebrity of the two co-stars vanishes after one chase scene after another. As for the plot, its about two managers of a nightclub that are going out of business. But they stumble on a British government reward if they succeed in their assignment.

Cruelly a trip through 60's middle class humor. As one familiar with the movie theatre business once wrote about Salt and Pepper: "This abomination and the sequel ONE MORE TIME (no thanks) and the hideous Jerry Lewis disasters like Don't RAISE THE BRIDGE LOWER THE WATER (why not just flush instead) drove cinema owners to close their doors rather than be forced to run these films."

"True: in the 60s block booking of films was still enforced on hapless suburban and country cinemas... this means that in order to get a good film the cinema was forced to run woeful timewasters like these..."

Enough said.

Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Michael Pertwee (screenplay)


Sammy Davis Jr. ... Charles Salt
Peter Lawford ... Christopher Pepper
Michael Bates ... Inspector Crabbe
Ilona Rodgers ... Marianne Renaud
John Le Mesurier ... Col. Woodstock
Graham Stark ... Sgt. Walters
Ernest Clark ... Col. Balsom
Jeanne Roland ... Mai Ling
Robert Dorning ... Club secretary

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