Ladies' Doctor / Il ginecologo della mutua (1977)

2.5 out of 5

This 1977 sex comedy was directed by Joe D’Amato in one of his few excursions into the filone. With a title that approximately translates as The National Health Gynaecologist, it’s clearly intended as a cash-in on the likes of the Edwige Fenech Dotoressa vehicles.

While D’Amato doesn’t emerge as a ‘natural’ comedy director he keeps things simple and moving along at a brisk pace. The narrative has an overall direction amidst its episodes, most based around the gynaecologist’s encounters with his patients. This is also where the film’s main attraction for non-Italians lies through the presence of various attractive women, including Daniela Doria, Marina Frajese, Lorraine De Selle and Paola Senatore, with many also disrobing for our “visual pleasure”.

What is perhaps more surprising is the presence of Aldo Fabrizi, best known as the resistance fighter priest in Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City. It’s the sort of casting that perhaps could only have happened in the Italian cinema of the 1970s.

Not the best of its kind but not the worst either, and as such definitely worth a look of you like Italian sex comedies in general, or have something for any of the actresses involved.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics