Au Pair Girls (1971) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This odd little film exists somewhere in limbo. Part exploitation film, part parody of exploitation films, part farce, part tragedy. It is many things, but I guess the way to summarize it best is to say that it is a nudie-cutie film that makes an attempt to add a complete entertainment overlay. It is four stories, loosely connected by a brief prologue and epilogue that establish that all four women are au pairs, newly arrived in England from foreign countries, and that none of their assignments worked out to their satisfaction. The four girls never see other in between the framing elements at the opening and closing, but the movie jumps from story to story rather than telling them one at a time. There doesn't seem to be any good reason to interweave the stories, at least not that I could see.

Their assignments turned out disastrously, for various reasons. The Danish girl (the incredibly well-built Gabrielle Drake) got stranded with a horny rich kid, lost her dress early, and ran around naked the rest of the movie. She and the rich doofus ended up making love in a Rolls Royce and falling asleep there - only to be found by the horrified Papa in the morning. The Swedish girl was one of those stereotyped Swedes who got naked all the time in front of everyone, running around the house naked and completely unembarrassed when she ran into the man of the house. The German girl was a virgin who was offered as a sacrifice to a rock star by her employer's daughter, who hoped to use this offering to ingratiate herself to the rock god.  The Chinese girl was taken to a country estate, where she ended up in a sad relationship with a gifted pianist who was a nice fellow, but was still obviously a nine year old boy in a man's body.


  • The four au-pairs all gave up the goods with full frontals: Gabrielle Drake, Astrid Frank, Nancie Wait, Me Me Lai
  • Drake and Frank also did many rear nudes.
  • Lyn Yeldham was topless.
  • several anonymous women were seen in various states of undress, sprinkled through the stories.
If you followed those four summaries, you may have noticed something very strange. The first two stories were pure farce, just silly situations to justify getting beautiful girls naked. The other two stories, however, were attempts to be meaningful social commentary and/or drama. The German girl was used and callously discarded by the jaded rock star, while the Chinese girl was pulled into a bittersweet relationship with a man-child that she admired and liked, and yet pitied. She knew she couldn't stay there with a 30 year old man who played with his toy ships and liked to play hide and seek, so, in essence, she gave him a mercy fuck, then snuck out the door.

I guess the problem with this is that it's essentially a softcore porn film, replete with full-frontal nudity from all four girls. I think that people go to these films to get turned on, and the tragedy of the last two stories ought to make your monument crumble, if you have any kind of a conscience.

On the other hand, the film delivers on the nudie premise. It shows you four pretty girls at the beginning, and it ends up revealing every inch of them eventually. It does not cheat or skimp on the nudity.

The premise is probably a common fantasy for British men. In my years in the Isles, I dated many divorcees, and every single one had an au pair. These girls come from all over the world to improve their English. They live with an English family, and in return for board they perform light household duties, things like picking the kids up from school. I suppose I'm not the only man who thought of performing some indecent acts upon these ladies or their young friends.

To me, the most entertaining thing about the film is the music. The opening theme song is so-o-o-o-o 70's. Let's just say that Barry Manilow would find it a bit square. It sounds like a reworking of the theme to Love American Style, sung in the same general corny choral style as The Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up, and Away", and with such words as:

so be-e-ware  ...

of falling in love

with the new au pair

... the new au pair

... that new au pair

... that crazy au pair

... that funky au pair

... that groovy au pair


oh, yeah, fall in love if you dare

with the new au pair

As bad as that was, it seemed as soulful as Big Bill Broonzy compared to the "rock god" that the German girl ended up with. He performed his songs, and teeny-boppers threw themselves at him, but he was about as romantic and sexy as the theme song to Welcome Back Kotter, except that John Sebastian was a rock bad boy compared to this guy. Think Yanni.

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The cast round-up

  • Gabrielle Drake, she of the kewpie doll face and perfect natural body, went on to work in Derek Ford sex dramas, gradually evolving into a mainstream TV career in the UK on shows like Medics. She is the sister of folksinger Nick Drake.
  • Me Me Lai, who showed the least flesh of the four, went on to a career in Italian Cannibal flicks (now there's a career specialty!), and appeared in an early Lars Van Trier film.
  • Astrid Frank made this film near the end of her career, and had worked mostly in German-language nudies.
  • Nancie Wait never worked in films before this one, did one more sexploitation film, "The Amorous Milkman", and disappeared forever from showbiz.

The Critics Vote

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDB readers say 5.5/10, which is amazingly high for a nudie film.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. Delivers on the nudity with attractive women. The situations are sometimes a turn-on, and sometimes a downer.

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