'Secrets Of A Door to Door Salesman' is an odd film - shambolic and rambling, full of knackered old jokes and hackneyed situations, but it has a gentle, benevolent humour at its core and, despite the fact that it is most definitely a smut film, it lacks the leering, occasionally unpleasant full on nature of many of its contemporaries. I won't say it's a 'feel good film', but it at least doesn't leave you feeling slightly dirty and disappointed in yourself.
|David hunting for a new job.|
David (Brendan Price) is a lobster fisherman in Cornwall with a cracking looking girlfriend and a very easy pace of life. When his Dad drowns at sea, Brendan sells his share in the business to his brother and heads for London to seek his fortune, stopping only to buy an antiquated japlopy and a change of underwear. He's going to need it. Soon after arriving, he finds himself esconsed in a house full of women, all of whom quite fancy having a nibble at his bait. Interestingly, though, David doesn't go through them like Timmy Lea would do, instead he makes lasting friendships with them, forming a makeshift family unit. Yes, there's the odd flash of arse, a few attempted seductions and some heavy innuendo but, given the set up, it's a fairly wholesome arrangement.
|Attempted Porn Star.|
|The female lead in this film within a film gives a subtle, nuanced peformance.|
|She is also very enthusiastic.|
|Sci fi dust busting solution.|
|Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.|
|The day to day struggle of the Salesman.|
|I just have a suitcase on the top of my wardrobe.|
|'What is the secret of your success with men?'.|
In the end, David wins over the girl of his dreams (the au pair from Kiev with a troubled past) and they get in his vintage car and drive back to Cornwall and the slow, quiet life. It's rather moving and, in the limited syntax of the modern argot, we all feel like we've been on a real journey.
As a postscript, no look at this film would be complete without mentioning that it was slated to be the directorial debut of Oscar winning Jonathan Demme, but he fell out with the producers after filming the opening scenes and went back to America to carry on working with Roger Corman. His next film was 'Caged Heat'.