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The Best House in London (1969)

X | | Comedy | June 1969 (UK)
In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

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Philip Saville

Writer:

Denis Norden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Benjamin Oakes / Walter Leybourne
Joanna Pettet ... Josephine Pacefoot
George Sanders ... Sir Francis Leybourne
Dany Robin ... Babette
Warren Mitchell ... Count Pandolfo
John Bird John Bird ... Home Secretary
William Rushton William Rushton ... Sylvester Wall
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Inspector MacPherson
Maurice Denham ... Editor of 'The Times'
Wolfe Morris ... Chinese Trade Attache
Martita Hunt ... Headmistress
Arnold Diamond ... Charles Dickens
Hugh Burden ... Lord Tennyson
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Jan Holden ... Lady Dilke
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In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

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hot | sex scene | sexy | farce | prostitute | See All (11) »

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From top to bottom ... it's the best place in town ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A legjobb ház Londonban See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bridge Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally planned as a star vehicle for producer Carlo Ponti's wife, Sophia Loren, as " Best House in Milan" with either Marcello Mastroianni or Vittorio Gassman as her co- stars. See more »

Quotes

Sir Francis Leybourne: [the Attache is sobbing] I thought you people were supposed to be inscrutable?
Chinese Trade Attache: Please, Sir Francis, China doesn't want any more opium.
Sir Francis Leybourne: Oh, do be sensible. You chaps have already lost one war with Great Britain about this.
Chinese Trade Attache: But to force us to buy it...
Sir Francis Leybourne: Well, you signed a treaty agreeing to!
Chinese Trade Attache: Your gunboats were right up our Yangtze!
Sir Francis Leybourne: No use getting hysterical, Mr Feng.
Chinese Trade Attache: Then let me appeal to our friendship; those happy weekends I used to spend at your townhouse; your late wife was always so kind to me...
[...]
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Referenced in The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) See more »

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MY LITTLE PUSSY
by Ronnie Cass and Peter Myers
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A true romp- silly and hilariously so
4 February 2008 | by drharperSee all my reviews

What to say about this snapshot of every comedian in Britain being very, very silly? The acting isn't always great, but that isn't what it is about. It is essentially a series of sketches back to back, tacked onto the very slightly naughty plot line involving airships, brothels, opium, social reform, and more. In among all that are some truly inspired moments ("You mutinous dogs! Shoot if you dare....!") is one of the funniest moments of all time, in my opinion. And having John Cleese in such a tiny role? Wow. Also look out for brilliant cameos by such Victorian worthies as Emmeline Pankhurst and Charles Dickens. All in all.... just watch the thing. OK?


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