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- kevin sellers
A film set in Franco's Spain (Madrid, to be exact) that seems designed for jaded Fascist generals.
For Your Viewing Displeasure
- Perry Janoski
Everyone in Madrid seems to be itching for pleasure in this is a time-capsule of a film, enjoyable chiefly because it will beam you back to 1964 for a quick peek. It's three female leads---American girls on the prowl for husbands explain why the feminist movement was inevitable.Ann-Margaret, her dyed locks aflame, appears to be in a state of perpetual lust. Pamela Tiffan, who proudly announces that she's "dumb," is all poise and wonder as she pursues Anthony Francioso, the lothario who can't commit. And Carole Lynley is the sensible gal who happens to be having an affair with newspaper publisher Brian Keath. Gene Tierney makes a cameo appearance as Keith's hard-as-nails wife. Her beauty still evident, her voice is a thousand packs of Pall Malls away from "Laura." One wonders why Spain could not produce a sexier match for Ann-Margaret's turbo-purring. The as yet to be never-remembered actor who catches Ann-Margaret's fancy has a well-lubricated head of hair, as does the entire male population of Madrid. It's a terrible film, with an awful soundtrack. The sex kitten occasionally bursts into song, and the songs she sings--as she twitches and squirms---are unmemorable.. If you have absolutely nothing better to do, the The Pleasure Seekers will kill some time.
This movie is a WOW for Ann-Margret fans. What a tour-de-force performance for her! This is also another breezy 60's film, which I missed seeing in the movies as a 15 year old, but am so glad TCM is playing on a semi-regular basis. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it's a wonderful guilty pleasure to watch. I do feel it's like eating my favorite type of chocolate! I absolutely can't wait until "The Pleasure Seekers" is released on DVD! And thanks, TCM for keeping on your schedule here and there!
Ann-Margret probably could have given a master class in pleasure in her prime, as she was here. So, why did she always get stuck in these so-so attempts to be slightly ahead of the curve in terms of movie naughtiness? Most of her films from this era are formulaic at best, and this one is no exception. Not that it ever kept me away from her movies but, still, you have to wonder what her agent was thinking. Something about striking while the iron was hot, probably, so poor Annie had to wait until later in life to do her best work. Anyway, they at least had the good sense to toss in a whole slew of younger actors and actresses and that's what makes the whole mess tolerable, and even fun at times. Pamela Tiffin? Genius. Carol Lynley? Better than she was usually given credit for. Gardner McKay? Why wasn't he in WAY more movies? It's a pretty spicy mix, but the movie itself is a tease, like "Where The Boys Are" was a tease, hinting at the possibility of unnamed pleasures which never really materialize. There's some good second-unit location photography, but it still has a lot of the set-bound feel of a TV sitcom. These young actors function as adults, with adult jobs even, unlike in something like "Palm Springs Weekend", where they're overgrown adolescents. So it's all the more frustrating that it holds back on giving us any of the real pleasures of adulthood. Yes, there's the older married man-younger woman angle, but is that the best ya got? Don't bypass this movie by any means, if you're a fan of the genre, but don't go into it expecting to be "pleasured" in any way other than by seeing its fresh-faced young cast goiing through their paces with all their collective gusto.
The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
- James Higgins
A mild reworking of Three Coins in the Fountain, switching locales from Rome to Madrid. Fair cast. Pamela Tiffin is quite fascinating and so beautiful. Good to see Gene Tierney. Some good music. The score is surprisingly good.
Ann-Margret belts out the title tune in a skin type get up that was a bit a head of its time back in 64!