WHAT THE SWEDISH BUTLER SAW (1975)
aka Groove Room, Chapagnegalopp
Article 3450 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-16-2010
Posting Date: 1-24-2011
Directed by Vernon P. Becker
Featuring Ole Soltoft, Sue Longhurst, Charlie Elvegard
Country: Sweden / USA
What it is: Sex comedy
In Victorian England, a young man discovers the joys of sex at a brothel, and sets his sights on winning the heart (and body) of a beautiful minister’s daughter.
I have to admit that this is one of the more embarrassing titles I’ve covered for this series, but at least it’s a little better than one of the other alternate titles, TEENAGE TICKLE GIRLS. As a sex comedy, it’s mildly amusing and mildly titillating, and if it stands out in any way, it’s that the Victorian milieu gives it a little bit more flavor than others of its ilk. As for the fantastic content, it mostly consists of two things; the seduction scenes involve a couple of sex machines that move it into the realm of science fiction, and there’s a minor subplot about a house with secret passages that is the hiding place of Jack the Ripper, who makes several abortive attempts to kill the main character. Though it’s one of the better movies of its type, it’s hardly essential viewing.