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Mary Had a Little ...(1961)

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A wink-wink nudge-nudge British sex comedy that hinges on the slightly silly premise that one can produce a perfect baby through hypnotism. ("Hypnotism?" scoffs a skeptic. "Why, what's wrong with the old fashioned way?") Bankrupt theatrical producer Scott Raymond (Jack Watling) overhears this outlandish claim and sees a money-making opportunity: hire a not-at-all-pregnant actress (tres jolie Agnes Laurent, veteran of many ultrasensual films like Mademoiselle Striptease (1957)) to impersonate a pregnant woman, send her for hypnosessions to the innovating psychiatrist (John Bentley), and collect the money when there's no baby at the end. A tittering, post-Pill comedy that would usher in many more British sex farces like Alfie (1966) and the Carry On series.

By Violet LeVoit

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