Casanova 73 Review


Casanova ‘73

Reviewed by David Savage

Starring: Leslie Phillips, Jan Holden
Certificate: 15
Running time: 224 minutes (approx.)
Number of episodes: 7
Number of discs: 2

Meet Henry Newhouse (Leslie Phillips), a womanising 44 year old married PR man who cannot stop from himself chasing after younger women while telling his wife (Jan Holden) he is out entertaining Japanese clients at the Ding Ding Club.

His long-suffering wife, Carol, has a very good idea what he is up to but Henry is a very smooth talker and a charmer and always comes up very a very creative lie to try and convince his wife that he is doing nothing wrong. He is out every night with a different woman but always seems to get himself into some sort of trouble whether it is having to stay at home to intercept the postman bringing him letters twice a day from an air hostess to having to live in a wardrobe for 2 days hiding from his married lover’s husband.

Overall, I found this to be a very funny sitcom. Originally aired in 1973 I doubt in would be aired again as it would now probably be considered “politically incorrect and sexist” and as it says on the box it never saw 1974 due to Mary Whitehouse campaigning against it. Leslie Phillips is great as Henry Newhouse and very believable as the cheating husband, although he does seem to love his wife very much. Although it is a bit dated it has lots of laughs and lots of fun.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

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