Every Home Should Have One 1969

director: Jim Clark  



Great Britain

Alternative Titles

  • Think Dirty



Possessing a genuinely comic appearance which is matched by a considerable talent for farce, Marty Feldman is one of the world's natural clowns. He is also gifted comedy writer. In Every Home Should Have One (1970), his first major film, he brings both aspects of his talent to the screen. He plays a naive but keen advertising man who is more than somewhat bewildered when his boss gives him the assignment of providing a new - and sexy - image to a stodgy brand of frozen porridge. In his search for a solution to the probllem, he is advised to 'think dirty' by a colleague, a process that results in a series of very funny erotic dreams. From then on he finds himself in conflict with his wife, involved with the Clean-Up TV Committee, and caught up in a nationwide search for Miss Goldilocks, the dream girl he hopes will sponsor his succesful advertising campaign. The hilarious script is the work of three of Britain's most brilliant comedy writers: Barry Took and Feldman himself, who were responsible for the immensely popular radio show, Round the Horne (now regarded as a classic of its kind), and Dennis Norden, who contributed to the equally famous series, Take It From Here and Looks Familiar. The Story provides the perfect vehicle for Feldman's wild talents, allowing him to shine in several fantasy sequences - most memorably as the sort of Dracula that would make Christopher Lee turn in his crypt! Jim Clark, making his debut as a director of feature films, never loses sight of the strong and entertaining story-line. Meanwhile, the most absurd situations are allowed to develop, ensuring that the satire on the advertising and television industries and their critics never misses. The well-known comic actors Patrick Cargill, Shelley Berman, and Penelope Keith assist in the antics, while the lovely Julie Ege, playing the ad man's dream, adds a delightful touch of glamour. In 1969 Marty Feldman won the BAFTA award for his television series Marty, and after making this film, moved on to Hollywood and a career as a writer, actor and director. His most notable appearances since then have been in Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie, both made with Mel Brooks. No one should miss the opportunity of seeing him in action! ALAN FRANK


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Distributor Thorn EMI
Catalogue Number TVB 900311 2
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Release Date April 1982
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by Lee James Turnock
Marty Feldman's feature debut is a patchy affair, and only the most devoted of comedy fans seem to have heard of it. Sad to say, it isn't really worth tracking down unless you're a really big fan of the boggle-eyed clown. He plays an advertising copywriter who, having been charged with the seemingly impossible task of making frozen porridge sexy, decides to 'think dirty' (the film's US title) and this puts him on a collision course with the clean up television brigade. Apart from some inventive fantasy sequences and the brilliant animated titles by Richard Williams ([i]Who Framed Roger Rabbit[/i]), accompanied by a pop-psych title song that you'll be humming for days, this is depressingly similar to countless other leering British sex comedies from the same era, though it does have a certain ragged period charm.