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The Telephone Book (1971)

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In this film that seeks to make a comedy about obscene telephone callers, several callers and their victims are shown. Most of the film is about one of the callers who is so beguiling that before long, many of his victims are hoping that he will call them back. Indeed, one of his victims is so entranced that she exerts considerable effort trying to find him, not for prosecution, but to see how his real-life virility compares with his virtuoso telephoning. One interesting sidelight is that the film contains three members of Andy Warhol's art-gang (including Ultra Violet).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nelson Lyon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Runtime:
Rosebud Films

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Cast

Lucy Lee Flippin
as Obscene Phone Caller...
William Hickey
as Man In Bed
Barry Morse
as Har Poon
Norman Rose
as Mr. Smith
Dolph Sweet
as Obscene Phone Caller...
Ultra Violet
as Whip Woman
Ondine
as Narrator
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An oversexed girl encounters stag film producers, perverts and lesbian seductresses as she searches Manhattan for the obscene phone caller who has stolen her heart. This is sexploitation comedy as designed by the NYC art scene (Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet shows up as the "whip woman"). It bogs down in the middle, but stay until the end for an explicit, surreal cartoon featuring a woman making love to a skyscraper and other obscene sights that have to be seen to be believed.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

This obscure little gem looks like it may have been the inspiration for later film classics, or at the very least, a precursor. This is a bizarre, sexy, black and white (for the most part) comedy that embraced the sexual freedom of the time and threw it up on the screen. I found it interesting that Jill Clayburgh had a role in this. Must have been before she hit the big time.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

½

A free-loving teen (Sarah Kennedy) receives the greatest erotic cold call of all time. Obsessed with the prospect of meeting the poetic lech who tantalized her over the phone, this young woman runs through a gauntlet of perverts and freaks on a quest to track him down. Too weird for the porn crowd and too pornographic for the art house, The Telephone Book spent decades languishing in obscurity. It's not for everyone, but I found myself charmed by how a cast of game amateurs embraced the goofy script of this madcap sex comedy. This film will appeal to anyone interested in indie cinema that takes a strangely cheeky approach to phone sex.

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