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Too Hot to Handle (1961)





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In this British crime drama, a French reporter is doing a rather steamy story about the secret strip joints found in London's Soho district. He meets the owner of the famous Pink Flamingo and the club's star. The girl gets into trouble after she involves herself with too many men.


Leo Genn
as Johnny Solo
Jayne Mansfield
as Midnight Franklin
Danik Patisson
as Lilliane Decker
Karlheinz Böhm
as Robert Jouvel
Kai Fischer
as Cynthia
Patrick Holt
as Inspector West
Martin Boddey
as Mr. Arpels
Sheldon Lawrence
as Diamonds Dinelli
John Salew
as Moeller
Tom Bowman
as Flash Gordon
Ian Fleming
as Pawnbroker
Susan Denny
as Marjorie
Judy Bruce
as Maureen
Shari Khan
as Jungle
Bill McGuffie
as Piano Player
Michael Balfour
as Tour Guide
June Elvin
as Hostess
Morton Lowry
as Dinelli's Driver
Harry Lane
as Muscles
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This is an English made movie. Jayne Mansfield is the only American Actress. The titles say it was filmed in "colour". I guess the only surviving copies are the black and white version. The story is about a London night club. Most of the movie is spent showing the acts of the night club dancers. The story is about the night club owner being asked to pay protection money to a rival club owner. Jayne Mansfield is one of the dancers and is the house mother to the rest of the dancers. I first ordered a DVD of this movie from the Playboy catalog. It was made by GMI Films Inc. Cinema Stars. It was a really bad copy. One section of the movie played out of order and then repeated where it was supposed to be. I later order a copy from KOCH Vision LLC's The Cinema Sirens Collection. It was a much better version. It was in the correct order. Both used the same black and white version. The acting was very melodramatic. The story was boring. The reason to watch the movie was Jayne Mansfield's fake night club acts and the acts of the other actresses. They were probably much better in the original color version.

Donald White
Donald White

Low budget but decent crime drama. Jayne, approaching the end of her brief heyday, is pretty good as the sort of den mother to a group of strippers, she even performs a few mediocre numbers. This really shows how the vision of the desirable female form has changed over the years. Nowadays the lithe hard body look if the goal but Jayne is anything but that, very curvy and quite plump she is harshly lit as is the film but even with that at times she looks stunning. The plot takes a while to get going and really isn't focused sharply enough to make the film as involving as it should be but Leo Genn is good in the lead and he and Jayne hold your interest whenever they are on screen.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Interesting curio, very racy for the time with some surprisingly risque scenes. Jayne Mansfield is always fascinating to watch. It certainly isn't very well acted, and it is too melodramatic. But, still fascinating to see.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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