Best House in London

The Best House in London

Director: Philip Saville, David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders

Cast: Philip Saville, David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders

     
 
In this British farce, the British Home Secretary satisfies the men of London by sanctioning a government-run brothel. This comedy chronicles what happens when secretary John Bird appoints Sir Francis Leybourne to run the place. Bird then has his lovely girlfriend Babbette act as the Madame. Sir Leybourne owns an opium plantation in India and one day goes there to see

Overview

In this British farce, the British Home Secretary satisfies the men of London by sanctioning a government-run brothel. This comedy chronicles what happens when secretary John Bird appoints Sir Francis Leybourne to run the place. Bird then has his lovely girlfriend Babbette act as the Madame. Sir Leybourne owns an opium plantation in India and one day goes there to see it. Unfortunately, he gets killed in an uprising, leaving his prim niece Josephine Pacefoot in charge of the cathouse. A staunch believer in social reform, she is quite sure what to do with the disreputable business. Leybourne's son has plenty of ideas too and wants the fortune and the bordello for himself. The ensuing struggle creates plenty of trouble and many laughs. Though the film originally received a British "X" rating, the sex is pretty tame by modern standards.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2015
UPC:
0888574143565
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NC-17
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
14,613

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Hemmings Benjamin Oakes/Walter Leybourne
Joanna Pettet Josephine Pacefoot
George Sanders Sir Francis Leybourne
Dany Robin Babette
Warren Mitchell Count Pandolfo
John Bird Home Secretary
William Rushton Sylvester Wall
Bill Fraser Insp. MacPherson
Maurice Denham Editor of "Times"
Wolfe Morris Chinese Trade Attache
Martita Hunt Headmistress
Arnold Diamond Charles Dickens
Hugh Burden Lord Tennyson
John de Marco Oscar Wilde
Jan Holden Lady Dilke
Mike Lennox Algernon Charles Swinburne
Arthur Howard Mr. Fortnum
Walter Brown Mr. Barrett
Suzanne Hunt Miss Elizabeth Barrett
Carol Friday Flora
Marie Rogers Phoebe
Tessie O'Shea Singer
Avril Angers Flora's Mother
Betty Marsden Felicity
John Cleese Actor
Clement Freud Mr. Mason
Neal Arden Dr. Livingston
George Reynolds Lord Alfred Douglas
Marianne Stone Actor

Technical Credits
Philip Saville Director
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Breen Producer
Ronald Cass Score Composer
Denis Norden Screenwriter
Nolan Roberts Sound/Sound Designer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Mischa Spoliansky Score Composer
Peter Tanner Editor
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
David Tringham Asst. Director
Kurt Unger Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Best House in London
1. Chapter 1 [2:46]
2. Chapter 2 [3:11]
3. Chapter 3 [3:59]
4. Chapter 4 [4:11]
5. Chapter 5 [1:23]
6. Chapter 6 [5:14]
7. Chapter 7 [4:25]
8. Chapter 8 [2:56]
9. Chapter 9 [3:21]
10. Chapter 10 [3:37]
11. Chapter 11 [4:44]
12. Chapter 12 [2:11]
13. Chapter 13 [3:32]
14. Chapter 14 [4:20]
15. Chapter 15 [3:15]
16. Chapter 16 [3:15]
17. Chapter 17 [3:09]
18. Chapter 18 [3:36]
19. Chapter 19 [3:32]
20. Chapter 20 [4:05]
21. Chapter 21 [4:12]
22. Chapter 22 [3:07]
23. Chapter 23 [5:13]
24. Chapter 24 [5:27]
25. Chapter 25 [4:09]
26. Chapter 26 [3:40]

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