I'm convinced a PH D could be written in social history based on this film alone. Feminists seeing this would need a whole litre bottle of sal volatile .
Some scenes would definitely have been amazing even if shown in the WB MCP Centre of Excellence. Did male judges ever really measure the chests of bikini clad female beauty pageant contestants with a tape measure in full view of a mixed audience of cruise passengers? And a Nadia Gray seduction scene played for laughs would have caused apoplexy amongs the sisters nowadays. But that just shows how manners and attitudes have changed over the years.
For the better? Maybe, maybe not! But at the end of the day no women were hurt in the making of this film. (Or at least I suspect not.)
But for all that the world looked a far more civilised place in this film than it does now. (To me anyway) One to watch before passing judgment.
Incidentally - special Turnip interest. I seem to remember Terri, one oif our posters on here mentioning once that her husband acted in this film? I wonder if she knows it was on TV - although she now lives in Canada.
PS. I forgot to mention that for the time there was a daring depiction of a gay man (without actually declaring so in words) but every bit as obvious from speech patterns and mannerisms, etc as the later Mr Humphries (of "I'm free" fame from Are You Being Served) and a good thirteen years before it. This part was played by Reginald Beckwith. There were a lot of old stalwart character actors in this film including the late and much missed Richard Wattis who seemed to be in everything back then.
The story was taken from a novel by Richard Gordon of Doctor In the House fame. All in all a fascinating little film all round!