Sunday, 31 July 2016

Introducing Credits

Something a bit different for this post that may be of passing interest to some.

Mainly drawn from data compiled for the Rare British Film Reviews part of the site, here is a rundown of actors who received "Introducing" credits.  Some went on to become household names whereas others were rarely seen again.  Of course many actors make their first appearances without any fanfare but these are the ones where the filmmakers chose to celebrate a newcomer with a special credit.

Listed in chronological order.
The more familiar names are highlighted in bold.

"Introducing" credits
Beat Girl (1960) - Gillian Hills
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) - Hylda Baker
The City of the Dead (1960) - Venetia Stevenson
Travelling Light (1960) - Yannick Philouze
A Matter of WHO (1961) - Richard Briers
A Taste of Honey (1961) - Rita Tushingham
During One Night (1961) - Don Borisenko and Susan Hampshire
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) - Edward Judd
A Kind of Loving (1962) - June Ritchie
The Wild and the Willing (1962) - Ian McShane
My Bare Lady (1963) - Nina Huntredos
That Kind of Girl (1963) - Margaret Rose Keil
The Pink Panther (1963) - Fran Jeffries
The Servant (1963) - James Fox
French Dressing (1964) - Alita Naughton
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) - Jeanne Roland
The Leather Boys (1964) - Colin Campbell
The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964) - Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber
Die, Monster, Die! (1965) - Suzan Farmer
Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965) - Julie Samuel
Licensed to Kill (1965) - Tom Adams
Shakespeare Wallah (1965) - Felicity Kendal
The Pleasure Girls (1965) - Rosemary Nicols
Up Jumped a Swagman (1965) - Suzy Kendall
What's New Pussycat (1965) - Woody Allen
Deadlier Than the Male (1966) - Virginia North
Death Is a Woman (1966) - Patsy Ann Noble
Doctor in Clover (1966) - Elizabeth Ercy
Funeral in Berlin (1966) - Eva Renzi
The Psychopath (1966) - Judy Huxtable
Theatre of Death (1966) - Jenny Till
Africa - Texas Style (1967) - Charles Malinda
Eye of the Devil (1967) - Sharon Tate
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) - Prunella Ransome
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967) - Barry Evans
The Viking Queen (1967) - Carita
The White Bus (1967) - Patricia Healey
To Sir, with Love (1967) - Lulu
Torture Garden (1967) - Barbara Ewing
Two a Penny (1967) - Ann Holloway
Baby Love (1968) - Linda Hayden
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) - Virginia Wetherell
Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968) - Robin Phillips
Her Private Hell (1968) - Jeannette Wild
If.... (1968) - Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Robert Swann and Christine Noonan
Inspector Clouseau (1968) - Delia Boccardo
Loving Feeling (1968) - Françoise Pascal
Witchfinder General (1968) - Hilary Dwyer
Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969) - Connie Kreski
Clegg (1969) aka Harry and the Hookers - Gilbert Wynne
Come Back Peter (1969) aka Some Like It Sexy - Mary and Madeleine Collinson
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969) - Scott Hylands
One Brief Summer (1969) - Felicity Gibson
Some Girls Do (1969) - Sydne Rome
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) - Marty Feldman
The Best House in London (1969) - Carol Friday and Marie Rogers
The Body Stealers (1969) - Lorna Wilde
The Desperados (1969) - Benjamin Edney
The Haunted House of Horror (1969) - Mark Wynter
The Valley of Gwangi (1969) - Curtis Arden
Walk a Crooked Path (1969) - Clive Endersby
What's Good for the Goose (1969) - Sally Geeson
A Day at the Beach (1970) - Beatrice Edney (as an adult actress she was known as Beatie Edney)
A Touch of the Other (1970) - Helene Francoise
Every Home Should Have One (1970) - Julie Ege
Groupie Girl (1970) - Esme Johns
No Blade of Grass (1970) - Lynne Frederick, Nigel Rathbone and Christopher Lofthouse
Tam Lin (1970) - Stephanie Beacham
Crucible of Horror (1970) - Sharon Gurney
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) - Hildegard Neil
Too Late the Hero (1970) - Ken Takakura
Toomorrow (1970) - Benny Thomas, Karl Chambers, Olivia Newton-John and Vic Cooper
Assault (1971) - Lesley-Anne Down and James Laurenson
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) - Mark Edwards
Bread (1971) - Yocki Rhodes
Flight of the Doves (1971) - Helen Raye
Friends (1971) - Sean Bury and Anicée Alvina
Kidnapped (1971) - Lawrence Douglas and Vivien Heilbron
Lust for a Vampire (1971) - Yutte Stensgaard (receives an "introducing" credit in the film's theatrical trailer but not in the actual film's credits.  She had appeared in several films beforehand and this was in fact one of her very last roles before leaving the acting profession).
Melody (1971) - Tracy Hyde
Not Tonight, Darling! (1971) - Nicki Howorth
Revenge (1971) - Tom Marshall and Zuleika Robson
Secrets (1971) - Tarka Kings
Straw Dogs (1971) - Ken Hutchison
The Go-Between (1971) - Dominic Guard
The Horrors of Burke and Hare (1971) - Françoise Pascal (although she also received an introducing credit in Loving Feeling from 1968)
The Road Builder (1971) - Nicholas Clay
The Ski Bum (1971) - Lori Shelle
Up the Chastity Belt (1971) - Anne Aston
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) - Chloe Franks (although she had already appeared in smaller roles in some earlier films by this point)
Au Pair Girls (1972) - Nancie Wait
Demons of the Mind (1972) - Shane Briant
Disciple of Death (1972) - Marguerite Hardiman
Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972) - Valli Kemp
Four Dimensions of Greta (1972) - Leena Skoog
Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1972) - Michael Petrovitch
Pulp (1972) - Nadia Cassini
Rentadick (1972) - Richard Beckinsale
The Pied Piper (1972) - Cathryn Harrison
The Ragman's Daughter (1972) - Simon Rouse and Victoria Tennant
Tower of Evil (1972) - Gary Hamilton
Vampire Circus (1972) - Serena and Milovan Weber
Virgin Witch (1972) - Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle (Ann had been in a film called Psychomania the previous year)
Because of the Cats (1973) - Sebastian Graham Jones
Live and Let Die (1973) - Jane Seymour
Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width (1973) - Bernard Stone
Not Now Darling (1973) - Trudi Van Doorn and Jackie Pallo (Trudi Van Doorn had previously already appeared in a 1971 sci-fi film called Quest for Love)
Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman (1973) - Sue Longhurst, Felicity Devonshire, Victoria Burgoyne and Jan Servais
The National Health (1973) - Sheila Scott-Wilkinson and Neville Aurelius
The Optimists (1973) - Donna Mullane and John Chaffey
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) - Nancy Blair
Can You Keep It Up for a Week? (1974) - Jill Damas
House of Whipcord (1974) - Penny Irving
Persecution (1974) - Mark Weavers
Vampyres (1974) - Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska
Zappers Blade of Vengeance (1974) - Jason Kemp
Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Jack O'Halloran
Girls Come First (1975) - Rikki Howard
Legend of the Werewolf (1975) - David Rintoul
Mandingo (1975) - Ken Norton
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) - Andrew Dove and Max Harris
Overlord (1975) - Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam and Sam Sewell
Side by Side (1975) - Stephanie De Sykes and Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle had previously had a prominent role in 1970's Groupie Girl)
The Adolescents (1975) - Koo Stark
The Ghoul (1975) - Don Henderson
The Lifetaker (1975) - Lea Dregorn
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976) - Janie Greenspun
A Little Night Music (1977) - Lesley Dunlop
Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) - Christopher Neil
Black Joy (1977) - Paul Medford
Cruel Passion (1977) - Lydia Lisle
French Quarter (1977) - Alisha Fontaine (she had previously appeared in 5 other films starting in 1971)
Joseph Andrews (1977) - Natalie Ogle
Jubilee (1977) - Adam Ant
Stand Up Virgin Soldiers (1977) - Pamela Stephenson and Fiesta Mei Ling
The Black Panther (1977) - Debbie Farrington
Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) - Suzanne Danielle
Give Us Tomorrow (1978) - Donna Evans and Alan Guy
Killer's Moon (1978) - Georgina Kean and Allison Elliott
Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse (1978) - Debbie Ash and Caroline Argyle
The Boys from Brazil (1978) - Jeremy Black
The Stud (1978) - Emma Jacobs
The Water Babies (1978) - Tommy Pender and Samantha Gates
Warlords of Atlantis (1978) - Lea Brodie (she was previously known as Lea Dregorn under which name she had previously received an "introducing" credit for the 1975 film The Lifetaker)
A Touch of the Sun (1979) - Edwin Manda
Arabian Adventure (1979) - Emma Samms
Bloody Kids (1979) - Richard Thomas and Peter Clark (not the famous Richard Thomas from The Waltons)
That Summer! (1979) - Ray Winstone, Julie Shipley, Tony London and Emily Moore
The Golden Lady (1979) - Christina World (although under the name Ina Skriver she had appeared in several prior films)
The Human Factor (1979) - Iman
The Passage (1979) - Paul Clemens and Robert Rhys
The World Is Full of Married Men (1979) - Sherrie Lee Cronn
Sex with the Stars (1980) - Martin Burrows
Sweet William (1980) - Geraldine James
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) - Helen of Troy, Tenpole-Tudor, Alan Jones, Faye Hart
The Long Good Friday (1980) - Derek Thompson
Eye of the Needle (1981) - Philip Martin Brown
Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) - Leonie Mellinger
The Appointment (1981) - Samantha Weysom
Five Days One Summer (1982) - Betsy Brantley and Lambert Wilson
Nutcracker (1982) - Finola Hughes
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) - Mako Hattori
Venom (1982) - Lance Holcomb
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) - Ted Wass
G.B.H. (1983) - Brett Sinclair and Jane Cunliffe
Screamtime (1983) - David Van Day
Xtro (1983) - Maryam d'Abo and Simon Nash
Dutch Girls (1985) - Gusta Gerritsen
Letter to Brezhnev (1985) - Tracey Lea and Angela Clarke
Lifeforce (1985) - Mathilda May
Dogs in Space (1986) - Michael Hutchence
Into the Darkness (1986) - Polly Pleasence
Salomé (1986) - Jo Champa
The Fantasist (1986) - Moira Harris
The Girl (1986) - Clare Powney
Day of the Panther (1988) - Paris Jefferson
Sheherazade (1990) - Catherine Zeta Jones
The Turning (1992) - Gillian Anderson
Sparrow (1993) - Angela Bettis & Johnathon Schaech
Pervirella (1997) - Emily Booth (as Emily Bouffante)
The Cat's Meow (2001) - Claudia Harrison & Claudie Blakley

Rulers and Dealers (2006) - Freema Agyeman

Anyone know of any that I've missed?


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Film Report: Dark Matter (2014)


Dark Matter (2014)
Country: UK
Director: Maurice Smith
Stars: Dominic O'Flyn, Gina Purcell, Jamie-Jodie Shanks

Gifted space scientist James Reynolds (Dominic O'Flynn) has gone into a pit of despair following the death of his wife Christine in a car accident.  In the months that follow this tragedy he shuts himself away at home, dropping out of everyday life, until one night a meteorite lands in his back garden.  His curiosity is piqued by its strange properties and he suspects it may be a seed.  He cultivates it in his bath and it grows speedily into the form of a young woman, fresh and innocent and full of wonder about the world.  James names her Stellar (Jamie-Jodie Shanks) and takes to the role of her worldly educator.  The alien ingénue swiftly learns how to behave and communicate, but as her alien intellect matures what seemed like a miracle turns into a nightmare when Stellar's true purpose in coming to Earth is revealed and we learn how inextricably linked the recent traumatic events in James' life have been.

Dark Matter is a science fiction horror which initially seems very promising telling the tale of an innocent foundling from the stars coming into the life of a broken man in need of a purpose.  Had that facet been the full sweep of the story it might have been rather good.  But Stellar's naïve endearing phase doesn’t last for long and as her awareness of purpose blooms the story slides into baffling incomprehensibility.  Its scope is one of galaxy saving proportions, with timeslips and alternate realities thrown in, but it's all played out on a scale too small to match the story's ambitions with most of the galactic drama being merely referred to in exposition.

On the female nudity side Jamie-Jodie Shanks who plays Stellar is seen naked in a shower when James washes away her birthing encrustments to reveal her fully formed body; and again when she is playing joyfully in the rain enjoying new sensations

Jamie-Jodie Shanks in Dark Matter

Gina Purcell plays James' colleague Valerie who comes to his house to check up on him and becomes heavily embroiled in the action.  She is seen topless a few times with the main occasion being a sex scene set in an alternate reality where she is James' wife.

Gina Purcell in Dark Matter




Saturday, 28 May 2016

Site Update: American and Canadian TV Actresses

A new section has been added to the Actress Database part of the site.

The new section features any actresses seen on American and Canadian TV shows that are not already featured in other sections (for instance British actress and big-name Hollywood actresses).

The section begins with 294 actresses and 567 entries.

Direct Link:  (http://www.toplessreview.altervista.org/TopRevBritishTV_AmericanTV.htm)

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Movie Pick: Cradle Of Fear (2001)

Film: Cradle of Fear (2001)
Channel: Horror Channel
When: Friday 8th April at 10:55pm

Cradle of Fear is a horror anthology of four gruesome tales.  The most notable nudity is a couple of scenes featuring Emily Booth (who is currently the evening continuity announcer for the Horror Channel).  Other actresses with nudity in the film are Eileen Daly, Emma Rice and Rebecca Eden.

I don't know if this has been shown on TV before but it is certainly a Freeview première.


Emily Booth
Eileen Daly
Rebecca Eden
Emma Rice



Newly Added Guide: Game of Thrones

A guide for Game of Thrones has been added to the GUIDES area of the main site.

Section Link: Topless Review Guides

See also
http://toplessreview.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/new-section-topless-review-guides.html

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Site Update: Paparazzi Classics

The Paparazzi Classics section of the main site has long been neglected having remained un-updated since February 2009.

But now it has at last been brought up to date with fresh entries and has had a design overhaul to boot.  This includes the addition of a side index. When last updated the page had 201 names and 332 entries.  The new version launches with 425 names and 849 entries.

In addition to the main list of detailed entries, the foot of the page contains a supplementary list of the names for whom paparazzi pictures have also been noted but who are not currently judged to be high-profile enough to be detailed on the list  - those entries are not included in the stated count.

The intention is that it will now be updated on a more regular basis.  When new entries start to appear the names involved will be listed at the top of the page and the entries themselves will be shown in red.

The direct URL is the same as before:-
http://www.toplessreview.altervista.org/TopRevClassics.htm


Example Screenshot of new layout



ABOUT: The Paparazzi Classics page contains a list of tabloid newspaper type paparazzi pictures for UK celebrities, or those who are well known in the UK






Saturday, 12 March 2016

Film Report: Anarchy Parlor (2014)

Anarchy Parlor (2014) 
aka: Parlor
Country: USA
Writers/Directors: Devon Downs and Kenny Gage
Stars: Robert LaSardo, Jordan James Smith, Tiffany DeMarco, Sara Fabel, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher


Anarchy Parlor (spelt the American way) is a 2014 horror film made in Lithuania with a cast of American, British and local actors.  The story involves a group of six twenty something friends who are on holiday in Lithuania out to have a good time.  At a party they meet a heavily tattooed woman called Uta (Sara Fabel) who works as an apprentice at a local tattoo parlour.  Amy (Tiffany DeMarco) decides she would like a tattoo and Brock (Ben Whalen) fancies his chances with Uta so they both head off to the parlour.  There they meet the tattooist (Robert LaSardo) who is an artisan of his profession and has a reassuring way that puts Amy at her ease unaware that he is hiding a dark purpose behind his serenity.  Meanwhile Uta takes Brock downstairs to the basement for what he thinks will be some kinky fun.  But Uta was a lure and soon Brock and Amy are prisoners in the basement in which the tattooist efficiently carries out a grisly sideline in skinning people alive to procure highly-prized human leather for which the rich trophy-hunting elite will pay handsomely.  The rest of the group eventually set about trying to find/rescue their missing friends and when they too visit the parlour seeking information their own lives are placed in similar peril ...

The scenes of skinning are gruesome and graphically portrayed so will probably only appeal to fans of "torture" type films .  But since this isn't a blog about horror films what really concerns us here is the nudity content (which fortunately doesn't coincide with any of the "surgical" scenes).  This pleasanter side is provided by two of the British actresses involved:- Beth Humphreys and Joey Fisher, both of whom also work as topless glamour models who appeared in magazines like Zoo.  Here, however, they are doing acting jobs and are not simply bit part players.  Beth Humphreys has the larger of the two parts and is one of the main group of friends, whilst Joey Fisher is a lap dancer who goes on a date with one of the lads and unwittingly falls victim when he takes her to the tattoo parlour looking for his friends.  There is one other British actress in the group of friends called Claire Garvey who has a "topless" sex scene but carefully doesn't show any nudity.  Uta is played by a Finnish actress called Sara Fabel who has a sex scene and may be seen topless briefly although her body is heavily covered in tattoos so it was a bit hard to tell.  The lead actress playing Amy (Tiffany DeMarco) is American and doesn't have any nudity in the film.  All the boyfriends in the group are also American actors.  Local actress Gabija Urnieziute is very briefly seen topless in a bedroom scene and there are three uncredited pole dancers.

Here are collages of the scenes involving the two British actresses:-

Beth Humphreys' topless scene is on a hotel room bed having sex with her boyfriend Jesse;
Beth Humphreys

Joey Fisher is seen topless during a lengthy scene in her strip club doing a private lap dance for (again) Jesse.

Joey Fisher