When a pornographic bookshop opens in a small town, some of the residents are up in arms, and local banker (Arthur Lowe, The Ruling Class) wants the shop out of business. But a simple numerical mix-up has the "adult literature" delivered to the wrong address - and newlywed bank clerk (Ronnie Corbett, Fierce Creatures) has to figure out how to dispose of the package. As subsequent deliveries of pornography swell from a trickle to a flood, they trigger a series of madcap situations. Based on the farce that ran on London stages for nearly a decade, the film also stars Beryl Reid (The Killing of Sister George), Ian Ogilvy (Death Becomes Her) and Susan Penhaligon (Soldier of Orange). Newly remastered.
This bedroom farce seems better suited to a suburban dinner theatre than the Big Screen, but everyone involved strives to please, and often as not they succeed. The plot hinges upon a misdelivered parcel of pornographic postcards, which end up in the hands of a staid banker and his frigid wife. By the middle of the film (read: Act Two), everyone is being mistaken for someone else. By the end (Act Three), the leading characters have dropped their trousers or lost their dresses. NO SEX PLEASE, WE'RE BRITISH began life as a stage play by Anthony Marriot and Alistair Foot, which ran for years in London--mostly as a tourist attraction for easily entertained Americans.
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