Friday, August 05, 2011

Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962)

I am writing this in a hotel room in Shrewsbury, but before I came away LoveFilm sent me this intriguing British film from 1962, which is pitched halfway between crime and horror.

Don't Talk to Strange Men is certainly worth seeing, though it did not leave me quite so rhapsodical as it did BritMovie. But it is certainly a surprise to find a film from 1962 that concerns the grooming of a teenager by a stranger. This being 1962, it involves a remote public telephone box rather than the Internet.

But then perhaps people 50 years ago were not quite as innocent or ignorant of such matters as we like to think. The young star of Don't Talk to Strange Men, Janina Faye, had already appeared in a film called Never Take Sweets From a Stranger.

Thanks to Movie Screenshots for the photograph.

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