Daddy Darling


by Tuna

Daddy, Darling is an early Joe Sarno softcore, a "coming of age" story starring Helli Louise. She is 19, never been touched, and lives with her attractive father. She has considerably more than daughterly feelings towards dad, which are not alleviated when dad marries a new woman. She makes friends with a lesbian artist, and ends up making love with her girlfriend, and also with her own best friend's boyfriend. She finally decides the best thing for her to do is move away from home and set out on her own.

This is an early Sarno film and is light on nudity and sex by his standards, but has a strong story, good acting, and slick cinematography. The DP was Michael Salamon, who went on to a huge mainstream career including two Oscar nominations and an assortment of prestige projects like The Abyss, Band of Brothers and Backdraft. Unfortunately, the only available master of Daddy Darling was badly scratched, so this is not one of the sharper Seduction Cinema transfers and does not display Salamon's work to best advantage.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


A decent movie, but a poor DVD, and the film simply has no niche. Not thoughtful enough to be a drama. Not enough nudity for an exploitation movie.


  • Helli Louise and Jeanette Swenson both show breasts and buns.


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8.5 IMDB summary (of 10)
  The film will come in around 5.5 eventually




Poor picture quality because of the inferior source, but The DVD does include an interview with writer/director Joe Sarno and producer Kenn Collins.