Cinema: Playing the Palace

The Secret of My Success. "Believe in people, have faith in mankind, and never search for evil," says James Booth. That is his secret, drilled into him by the monstrous little eccentric he calls Mother (Amy Dolby). Booth plays a bungling British constable who sees all women as embodiments of virtue and makes his fortune by mistake. His principal errors involve: Stella Stevens, as a slatternly village dressmaker who tricks him into entombing her murdered husband; Honor Blackman, irrationally seductive as a mad neo-Nazi entomologist who breeds spiders the size of St. Bernards; and Shirley Jones, as a revolutionist who enlists...

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