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Village Of Daughters(1962)

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Treasured BBC radio and TV comedian Eric Sykes stars in his first movie, a comedy of frustrated marriage: The most eligible bachelor in town is a millionaire (Mario Fabrizi), and a bevy of nubile women are straining at the bit to court him, but custom dictates that his bride must be selected by the next stranger that comes to town. That means unwitting traveling salesman Herbert Harris (Sykes) is suddenly besieged by eligible signoras played by the likes of Scilla Gabel (a former stand-in for Sophia Loren) and Yvonne Romain (voluptuous veteran of many Hammer horror movies like Curse of the Werewolf (1961), all of them eager to impress upon him just how marriageable they are. The mostly British cast (including beloved British character actor John Le Mesurier) does its best to simulate a village full of passionate, gesticulating Italians, but the location shooting in Sicily does add some authenticity to the fantastic story of the gangly, bird-faced Sykes "test-driving" each eligible woman. Despite the slightly salacious plot, Sykes holds true to his famous vow to never swear in performance -- according to him, profanity and comedy just can't coexist.

By Violet LeVoit

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