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GROOVING WITH 'THE PLEASURE SEEKERS'

Lovely young genuine actress Pamela Tiffin steals the show in THE PLEASURE SEEKERS Year: 1964
Described as centering on "three American lovelies in Madrid," when in fact, first-billed Ann-Margret is merely a sporadic songbird as the main story belongs to buried lead Carol Lynley. And while Ann and Carol are in fact quite beautiful, the new girl in town is... um... beyond beyond, and then some!

Movie Rating Score: ***1/2
James Cagney's ONE, TWO, THREE starlet Pamela Tiffin's Susie Higgins is the Alice who takes us into Wonderland, although the white (blonde) rabbit is Lynley's world-weary editor, Maggie, crazy in love with her old, rich, married boss, Brian Keith. In fact all three young ladies, in Spain sharing an apartment to find a brand new world of love instead of misery, find themselves eventually dug into various holes with no way out... this is beginning to sound like a drama!

THE PLEASURE SEEKERS could be called a comedy-musical but only when Margret's around, and with the exception of a few tunes, she sings while on stage and not to move the story along...

Meanwhile, Lynley takes us into soap opera territory and all male eyes are on Tiffin, perhaps the most beautiful female ever created and hey, she's a good actress too, constantly throwing back quick-witted lines with her co-stars while trying her best to outwit womanizing heartthrob Anthony Franciosa as a really rich guy lying to, and lying down with, girl after girl after girl. And as the film never stops with the Old School Golden Era entertainment with "risque" subjects thrown in, treating casual sex in a surprisingly casual manner for the time, it isn't very, how to put it exactly... as "liberal" as it tries to be... for the female sex, that is. Truth be told, only one of these girls gets a good thing while the others have to settle for a life better off alone, waiting, talking and singing. Sometimes in feels like they make female characters progressive just so the men have more of an obstacle to conquer — that they conquer just the same.
Pamela Tiffin goes from ONE TWO THREE to PLEASURE SEEKERS splendidly
Pamela Tiffin and a womanizing Anthony Franciosa in THE PLEASURE SEEKERS
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