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“Too Hot to Handle” - Soho Gangster Nightclub Adventure
released on April 16, 1960
running time 1 hour and 19 minutes

The Actors: Jayne Mansfield (Midnight Franklin), Christopher Lee (Paul Novak, nightclub manager), Leo Genn (Gentleman Johnny Solo, owner of the Pink Flamingo striptease club), Karlheinz Bohm (Robert Jouvel, French magazine reporter), Danik Patisson (Lilliane Decker), Patrick Holt (Inspector West), Kai Fischer (Cynthia), Barbara Windsor (Stephanie 'Ponytail' Swanson), Penny Morrell (Terry), Katherine Keeton (Melody), Susan Denny (Marjorie), Judy Bruce (Maureen), Elizabeth Wilson (Jacki), Shari Kahn (Jungle), Sheldon Lawrence (Diamonds Dinelli, owner of the Diamond Horseshoe striptease club), Martin Boddey (Mr. Arpels, sunglasses man), John Salew (Conrad Moeller, toy salesman), Tom Bowman (Flash Gordon, photographer)

Midnight in Soho with Gentleman Johnny Solo

Leo Genn and Jayne MansfieldAn Intelligence Quotient of 165 put Vera Jayne Palmer in the top 99.998 percentile of people. Her father was a well-to-do lawyer who died when she was three years old. Vera's mom moved to Texas where Vera grew up and attended the University of Dallas, but she loved the movie star magazines, and her passion was to become a star. So, although she spoke 5 languages well and was classically trained to play the violin and piano, Vera Jayne chased a show business career and the bright lights of stage and screen.

After folks saw her in a small part in the 1955 movie "Pete Kelly's Blues," her sexy body and soft raspy voice in that movie started her on the path to becoming one of the most famous sex-kittens of the time. Her married name was Mansfield, and she used her middle name, Jayne, as her first name on screen. Jayne Mansfield was never ashamed of her ample body, and in 1963 she was arrested for indecent exposure in Burlington, Vermont during a nightclub act.

The raw sensuality of Jayne Mansfield shines through in this performance as the girlfriend of a Soho strip tease nightclub in London. Her boyfriend, Gentleman Johnny Solo, makes a living by charging old, lonely men for the opportunity to look at young barely dressed girls. It is a tough business, but Gentleman Johnny is tough enough to survive everything but the love of a buxom blonde. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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