Written by: Carroll Jenkins on December 3rd, 2010
Theatrical Release Dates: West Germany, 1973 (Sorry, Wrong Bedroom), Italy, 1989 (Loves Of Lady Chatterley), 1970, West Germany / France (Moonlighting Mistress)
Directors: Walter Boos (Sorry, Wrong Bedroom), Lorenzo Onorati (Loves Of Lady Chatterley), Wolfgang Becker (Moonlighting Mistress)
Cast: Gerd Arnau, Bert Block, Alexandra Bogojevic, Elke Boltenhagen, Isa Brandt, Elke Deuringer (Sorry, Wrong Bedroom), Malù, Carlo Mucari, Maurice Poli, Micaela (Loves Of Lady Chatterley), Harald Leipnitz, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, Véronique Vendell, Friedrich Joloff, Peter Capell, Wolf Harnisch (Moonlighting Mistress)
DVD released: December 7th, 2010
Approximate running times: 80 minutes (Sorry, Wrong Bedroom), 80 minutes (Loves Of Lady Chatterley), 83 minutes (Moonlighting Mistress)
Aspect Ratios: 4:3 Full Frame (Sorry, Wrong Bedroom / Loves Of Lady Chatterley), 1.85:1 letterboxed widescreen (Moonlighting Mistress)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: Secret Key Motion Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
A collection of four films that were shown on a cable channel in the early 80’s. The pick of the litter, Honey (Miele di donna), was reviewed separately. Though Honey is from ’81; Sorry, Wrong Bedroom and Moonlighting Mistress are both from the early seventies. Early cable didn’t have to worry too much about recent vintage, as this was in the dawn of the VHS era (they were $100 a pop at this time, and $25 for a blank). Mom and Pop rental stores were just starting to spring up.
Sorry, Wrong Bedroom (Der Ostfriesen-Report): Two couples go on a roadtrip to find new talent for their burlesque show. Hilarity ensues.
Directed by Walter Boos of Schoolgirl Report infamy, this is not a pseudo documentary but instead a German sex comedy. The strippers in the beginning look a little too ‘professional’, as they should, but once we hit the road we meet a variety of buxom milk maids ready to doff their duds in an instant. This is all very silly, but perverse at the same time, as all anyone thinks about is sex. No introductions necessary. The sex scenes themselves are played strictly for laughs and are often undercranked, but the rampant nudity makes this goofy sex farce a 13 year old boy’s dream come true.
Loves Of Lady Chatterley: The lady of the remote country estate frolics with anyone at hand, as do the staff. Apparently no one has anything to do but have sex.
The leading lady even looks somewhat like Syliva Kristel, and this is an Emmanuelle type skin flick drama. Some of the early scenes are erotic or humorous, but toward the end we get some sexual violence. The strangest scene is when the lady locks a servant in the hermetically sealed glass walled wine ‘cellar’ and does a strip tease as he asphyxiates. This guy is so randy it turns him on right up until he passes out cold.
Moonlighting Mistress (Ich schlafe mit meinem Mörder): A philandering husband schemes to have his mistress murder his wife. Complications arise when burglars interrupt the proceedings.
Director Wolfgang Becker mostly did television series and made for TV movies at this point in his career. What we have here is only slightly more ambitious. The plot is rather convoluted, but the most interesting character in the film is the Corvette. Rather devoid of exploitation elements, this probably played on German television completely uncut.
Sorry, Wrong Bedroom and Loves Of Lady Chatterley both look good, though cropped to 4:3 format. Moonlighting Mistress is actually non-anamorphic letterbox, but suffers from periodic color saturation, repeated footage, and blasts of digital noise (audio and video). They are all English dub with no subtitles.
Overall, this is a varied collection and certainly delivers as promised. There isn’t a sympathetic character to be found anywhere, and the lead titles for each disk are the ones worthy of repeat viewings – Honey and Sorry, Wrong Bedroom.