Written by: Giuseppe Rijitano on July 8th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: UK, June 1979
Director: Willy Roe
Writer: George Evans (novel)
Cast: Alan Lake, Glynn Edwards, Anthony Booth, Diana Dors, John Moulder-Brown, Milton Reid, Rosemary England, Mary Millington, Sally Faulkner.
DVD released: July 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Odeon Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
David Galaxy (Alan Lake) is a playboy astrologer and bullshitter extraordinaire who beds beautiful women as easily as he reads fortunes. His glamorous potential conquests include a high society debutante that is famous for never having had an orgasm (Mary Millington) and a busty beauty queen (Rosemary England) as well as the odd blonde chesty traffic warden that might stray across his path. But when Galaxy’s past as a criminal catches up with him he finds himself on the wrong side of the law and not even his own horoscope can help him predict the sticky future ahead of him.
In the late 70’s millionaire glamor magazine publisher David Sullivan had created the UK’s most surprisingly bankable movie star in ex-pornstar Mary Millington. Her starring roles in a pair of ridiculously popular sex comedies (Come Play With Me 1977 & The Playbirds 1978) had broken box office records. With The David Galaxy Affair, Sullivan was looking for a hat trick for Millington. Shot over three weeks in 1978 and featuring a variety of famous British faces – Anthony Booth, Bernie Winters, Kenny Lynch and Diana Dors (who also sings the film’s theme tune) – this one would fail to reach the heights of it’s predecessors unfortunately. And rightly so; for this is a spectacularly dull affair devoid of any charm and laughs, intentional or otherwise. Alan Lake gives an odd schizophrenic performance, mugging at every opportunity and mumbling his ‘witty’ lines quite inaudibly. His off kilter performance stemming perhaps from his alleged tendency to hit the bottle at all hours during shooting. Despite initial impressive box office takings The David Galaxy Affair ended up under-performing quite badly and ran for just 8 weeks. It was eventually reissued in 1980 under the title Star Sex in a grubby attempt to cash in on the tragic death of Millington and speaking of…..
Also included on this disc, as a special feature, is Queen Of The Blues (1979). Rushed into theaters barely four weeks after Galaxy Affair this is another lackluster Tigon distributed Millington vehicle. Describing the plot as threadbare doesn’t really do it justice, thread-less perhaps is more like it. Filmed on location at The Burlesque Club in Mayfair it is set almost exclusively in a strip joint and follows the exploits of a couple of dodgy villains demanding protection money from the owners of the club. The dithering plot is punctuated with a series of ‘erotic’ dances courtesy of Mary Millington, Rosemary England and a bunch of similarly tasseled groovy 70’s chicks that get up on stage and appear to be suffering epileptic fits while being strangled by feather boas and the like. The less said about John M East’s turn as a silk suited club comedian the better. This relatively short production (clocks in at approximately an hour) premiered 26th July 1979 at the Centa cinema in Piccadilly, presented as a double bill with the heavily cut sexploitation import Massage Girls Of Bangkok. Apparently it set a new house record during it’s opening week, taking more money than any movie in London and ran for 14 weeks, go figure! Tragically this was Mary Millington’s final performance; on the 19th August 1979 at her home in Surrey Mary took her own life.
This ‘digitally remastered’ full frame picture actually looks very good indeed. The image is sharp, colors are bright and solid with good contrast levels. Probably the best this film is ever going to look in fact. The audio also is clean and clear. Queen Of The Blues is also presented full frame however it appears to be a VHS transfer so suffers from a soft image and muted colors and audio.
Besides the aforementioned Queen Of The Blues, other extras include a 7 minute snippet of a George Harrison Marks’ Arabian Knights; a 1979 hardcore sex short starring voluptuous Manchester-born model Nicky Stanton and, believe it or not, former Bond henchman Milton Reid (who also appeared in Galaxy Affair and Queen Of The Blues). Due to the film containing explicit sex scenes only the first portion is presented here and horrible quality it is too, looks to have been transferred from a dodgy worn old VHS copy.
Also a stills gallery and trailers for Cool It Carol, Intimate Games, Spaced Out and Secrets Of Sex. Plus well written and informative liner notes by Simon Sheridan author of ‘Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema’.