Monday, April 27, 2009

The Pleasure Seekers (1964)

Directed by Jean Negulesco. This could be considered a guilty pleasure if either: a. watching a film could ever make me feel guilty, or b., this one provided much pleasure. Here Negulesco remakes 1954's "Three Coins in the Fountain" in which three American girls look for romance in Rome with the basic variant being that the girls in "The Pleasure Seekers" are much, much hotter.

The specific attraction of "The Pleasure Seekers" is the attentive blond, brunette and red-headed casting of Carol Lynley, Pamela Tiffin and Ann-Margret, respectively. There isn't a hell of a lot for anyone to do except for Ann-Margret and that, unfortunately, is sing and dance.

The best parts are when Brian Keith shows up to do his mumble-and-nose-breathing routine, and only because that's so damned amusing. Tony Franciosa is simply disturbing because he looks like he may have been carved out of marble, and not in a good way. The girls change in and out of a lot of different dresses, sometimes on screen, which is a huge plus, though without anything else going on to speak for I started to feel a little old for this sort of thing.

In the end, this movie's title does not refer to its audience unless it can be specified somehow that the seekers are unsuccessful in their quest. By the way, named for this very movie, the Pleasure Seekers was Suzi Quatro's first band, from Detroit. I have their single, "Never Thought You'd Leave Me," and if I remember to do it I will upload it to this review so that anyone who wants to can hear it.

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