Monday, 12 December 2011

Get 'Em Off

'Get 'Em Off' is a 1976 documentary celebrating a hundred years of strip tease, although the centenary seems to have been chosen arbitarily to coincide with the year this smutty little half hour film was made. Disappointing historical accuracy aside, it is highly watchable, with some truly bizarre routines and some really funky library music underscoring the endless bump and grind.

The work of indefatigable documentarist Harold Baim, it has a commentary by saggy old baggy old Hugh Scully, of 'Antiques Roadshow' fame and respected actor Kenneth MacLeod. These two ageing establishment figures are called upon to make mildly lacivious remarks, rather like a perverted Statler and Waldorf. They occasionally pretend to be aroused, causing some mental scarring.

Punkette junket.


Focal points.

Let Us Play Sex?

Promotional material.
Foxy Lady.
We get to see some mildly way out stuff, including a masked lady who resembles Penelope Keith, simulated cunnilingus, stripping lessons, some nice nostalgic views of Ye Olde Smutty Soho and a woman who simulates sex with a fox hand puppet (no, not Basil Brush. He was obviously gay.). You also get to hear Hugh Scully say 'snakes, whips, rubber suits, cat suits and baby doll outfits', something of a


  1. Hubba hubba! You Brits sure are kinky. If you dig this then man, check out Anthony Balch's 'Secrets of Sex', that is crazy cool. Also comes with his Burroughs/Gysin collaborations 'The Cut-Ups' and 'Towers Open Fire' as extras.

  2. This is filmed mostly at the Nell Gwynne Strip club in the late 70s and brings back happy memories of the few occasions I went there. I fell in love with several of the girls there. You want to watch out for an Asian stripper (in a spiderweb - watch it, you'll see what I mean) who has to be one of the most perfectly formed human beings that I have ever seen. A classy beautiful girl who had a Brummie accent, which I found funny at the time. I also had a crush on the blonde girl (topless) behind the bar. She was a dancer too, although the film doesn't show this.

    This is a precious little time capsule when Soho was fun, before it became homogenised and boring. Strip clubs use to put on a proper show, with choreographed dancing and was much better than the clumsy pole dancing you see nowadays.

    Those two girls: I wonder what their names were and what they are doing now?