Val Guest – Au Pair Girls (1972)
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Au Pair Girls’ is a cheesy “naughty” sexploitation comedy from the early 70s. During this period before hard core porn was readily available these kinds of movies were very popular in England. They mixed unsophisticated slapstick comedy, Benny Hill-like double entendres and lots of naked babes. Thirty years later they are enjoyable as kitsch but have little else going for them. ‘Au Pair Girls’ story concerns the misadventures of four beautiful girls sent to England to work as (yes, you guessed it!) Au Pair girls. They are Randi (Gabrielle Drake), Astrid (Anita Sector), Nan (Me Me Lay) and Christa (Nancie Wait). Randi ends up losing her clothes in a barn after the son of her employer (Richard O’ Sullivan from the popular 70s sit-com ‘Man About The House) gives her a lift and his car breaks down in the country. Astrid, a nutty Swedish girl obsessed with colour TV, gets picked up by a Sheik (Ferdy Mayne) while on a date at a casino. Nan is hired by Lady Tryke (Rosalie Crutchley) to be a companion for their socially inept but musically gifted son (Julian Barnes), who quickly falls in love with her. Christa is taken to a club by her employers liberated daughter Carole (Lyn Yeldham) and is seduced by a rock singer Ricky Strange (Steve Patterson). People raised on British sit-coms of the 60s and 70s will notice several familiar faces in the supporting cast, most notably John Le Mesurier (‘Dad’s Army’), who plays Richard O’Sullivan’s Dad, and Trevor Bannister (‘Are You Being Served?’), who plays his photographer pal.Of the four girls Gabrielle Drake, sister of legendary folk singer Nick Drake, and a cult figure in her own right from appearing as the purple wigged Lt.Gaye Ellis in the series ‘UFO’, is the most beautiful and shows some genuine flair for comedy. I’ve had a crush on her for many, many years and her full frontal nude scenes are reason enough to watch this movie! I didn’t recognize the actresses who played Astrid or Christa, but Me Me Lay went on to become a cult figure from her appearances in the cannibal movies ‘Man From Deep River’, ‘The Last Cannibal World’ and ‘Eaten Alive’ as well as co-starring in Lars Von Trier’s ‘The Element Of Crime’! Another interesting thing about ‘Au Pair Girls’ is that it was directed and co-written by none other than Val Guest, the man behind the early Hammer classics ‘The Quatermass Xperiment’ (aka ‘The Creeping Unknown’), ‘Quatermass 2’ and ‘The Abominable Snowman’. I must admit that the involvement of Val Guest and Me Me Lay aside, the main attraction here is the utterly gorgeous Gabrielle Drake.