Not Now, Burlesque

An increasing amount of once-forgotten saucy British films from the 1970s are now making their way onto DVD. One such title is Ray Cooney’s 1976 farce Not Now Comrade, just released by the excellent Network. It stars a plethora of British stars including Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield, Windsor Davies and a show-stopping performance from Carol Hawkins (Carry on Behind) as a tassel-twirling London stripper.

Not Now Comrade

The striptease joint seen briefly in the film is actually the Burlesque Club at 14-15 Bruton Place, Mayfair, where Mary’s Come Play with Me, Queen of the Blues and World Striptease Extravaganza were all shot. After years of neglect in the 1990s, this beautiful old club was finally demolished, and now a modern office building now stands in its place.

Network asked me to write about Not Now Comrade for their website. You can read all about the film here:

http://networkonair.com/features/2013/05/09/not-now-comrade/

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