no sex please: we're british
Director: cliff owens (steptoe and son (the movie, the bawdy adventures of tom jones)
Starring: ronnie corbett, ian ogilvy, susan penhaligon, and arthur lowe
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A hapless cashier is caught with pornography shipped by mistake to a British bank.
I was brought up on British TV from the 60's and 70's. The Avengers (not the one in a suit of iron, the one in a proper suit with a bowler hat), Dad's Army, The Two Ronnies and so much more. Produced in 1973, No Sex Please: We're British has all the comedic trademarks of its time: for better or worse.
Porn store owner Pete orders some new stuff from his supplier Niko, but Niko mixes up the address with the address of the local Barclays Bank. Newly-weds David (the bank's assistant manager) and his wife Penny are shocked when first photos, then films and then finally two girls are sent to them in the Bank's flat. They along with head cashier Brian Runnicles have to deal with getting rid of the porn without letting their boss, Mr. Bromley (who's very anti-porn), the local police in the form of Inspector Paul, and David's mother, Bertha Hunter, in on whats happening.
As mentioned above No Sex Please: We're British is a very 60's/70's British comedy. There's slap stick moments, cunning word play, and a satirical look at society. It's not the comedic style that is slightly out dated its the thrust of the story.
The story is about a group of young people who are horrified at finding illegal pornography. For a modern audience this kind of social disconnect may same a little strange due to how generally accepted and accessible pornography is in todays society.
That being said No Sex Please: We're British is a truly funny film with a great central performance from Ronnie Corbett playing the highly flappable assistant manager. No one can quite do British chap attempting to dig himself out of a hole but making it worse than Corbett.
The supporting cast is terrific as well and it truly is great to see a who's who of old British comedy with some Dad's Army and Porridge regulars making appearances.
The theme of the story may be a little dated, but No Sex Please: We're British brings the chuckles and is led magnificently by Mr. Ronnie Corbett.