Tag Archives: Come Play with Me

Respectable – The Mary Millington Story is coming…

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A Very Mary Christmas, 1979

When Mary was busy celebrating Christmas Day in 1978 nobody had any idea what terrible – and entirely preventable – tragedy would befall her just eight months later. But Mary’s memory did not immediately fade from view after her death … Continue reading

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Proto-Playbirds

Last year, on this blog, I wrote about prolific British poster artist Tom Chantrell. Although he might be more revered nowadays for his work for Hammer studios, it’s his ‘X’-rated sexploitation material which I, unsurprisingly, adore the most. Chantrell designed … Continue reading

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Girl Guides

Alongside the best-selling monthly Playbirds and Pocket Playbirds magazines, David Sullivan also produced semi-regular Playbirds Erotic Film Guides, designed to publicize his movies, and those he had a hand in distributing during the late-1970s. Issues #1, #2, #5 and #7 … Continue reading

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The Sex O’clock News

Contrary to what many might think, David Sullivan’s first foray into the world of British newspapers wasn’t the launch of his infamous Sunday Sport in September 1986. 10 years earlier Sullivan published a precursor to his tabloid adventures, namely National … Continue reading

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The Fact of Fiction: ‘Come Play with Me’ in Print

From the autumn of 1976 onwards producer David Sullivan took delight in relentless publicising his forthcoming début movie, Come Play with Me. In explicit photo-sets, flowery editorials and often-misleading adverts he promoted the movie as ‘Britain’s first porno feature film!’ … Continue reading

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The Return of ‘Nicola Austine’

In the 1970s, the classic era of British ‘sex comedies’ gave rise to a new breed of cinematic icon. From the worlds of The Sun’s Page 3, Mayfair magazine, 8mm porn and TV’s Benny Hill Show came forth a unique … Continue reading

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Return to Bovington Manor

About 18 months ago I visited the Weston Manor Hotel on the outskirts of Oxford – the famous location of Mary Millington’s blockbuster 1977 film, Come Play with Me. The hotel was a regular haunt of director George Harrison Marks … Continue reading

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Keep It Hard Downstairs

In the 1960s and 1970s it was common practice for many British sex films to be shot in an ‘overseas version’. In other words, additional scenes – usually hardcore (but not exclusively) – were slotted into the narrative to make the … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Mary Millington’s ‘Party Pieces’ Rediscovered

Mary Millington was, unquestionably, the most successful female British box office star of late-1970s cinema, but aside from her big-screen adventures she made a number of pornographic productions on 8mm for the home entertainment market. But the question always arises as … Continue reading

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