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Percy's Progress is a 1974 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas. It was written by Sid Colin, Harry H. Corbett and Ian La Frenais. It was released in the United States under the title It's Not the Size That Counts. The US version of the film includes several additional scenes shot by the American distributor, which include an opening scene of a penis transplant operation, and a scene in which a dwarf is seen jumping out of a woman's bed, leaving her to say the film's American title, "It's not the size that counts." The dwarf in question was Luis De Jesus, the star of the infamous Blood Sucking Freaks.
|Directed by||Ralph Thomas|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Written by||Sid Colin|
Harry H. Corbett
Ian La Frenais
|Starring||Leigh Lawson |
|Music by||Tony Macaulay|
Harry H. Corbett's character was closely modelled on British prime minister Harold Wilson, down to using well-known Wilson phrases such as "thirteen years of Tory misrule" and speaking with a distinct Yorkshire accent.
Percy is known in England as the man who had the world's first penis transplant, and is exceptionally well endowed. His rampant conquests of married women cause him to escape incarceration by local authorities.
A chemical is accidentally released into the world's water supply rendering all men impotent. Percy is unaware that he is the only man on earth who can achieve an erection because he was in hiding from the law at sea, drinking nothing but champagne.
When Percy goes ashore to relieve his year-long sexual tension at a brothel, he gains the attention of the British press and subsequently the British government, who then want to use him to repopulate the world. An international pageant is held to find each country's "Miss Conception" representative. At the same time, a team of doctors work to find an antidote to the effects of "P.S.- 123".
- Leigh Lawson as Percy Edward Anthony
- Elke Sommer as Clarissa
- Denholm Elliott as Sir Emmanuel Whitbread
- Judy Geeson as Dr. Fairweather
- Harry H. Corbett as Prime Minister
- Vincent Price as Stavos Mammonian
- Adrienne Posta as PC 217 (Iris)
- Julie Ege as Miss Hanson
- Barry Humphries as Dr. Anderson/Australian TV Lady
- James Booth as Jeffcot
- Milo O'Shea as Dr. Klein
- Ronald Fraser as Bleeker
- Anthony Andrews as Catchpole
- Bernard Lee as Barraclough
- Madeline Smith as Miss UK
- Judy Matheson as Maria
- Alan Lake as Derry Hogan
- George Coulouris as Professor Godowski
- Jenny Hanley as Miss Teenage Lust
- Carol Hawkins as Maggie
- T. P. McKenna as News Editor
- Anthony Sharp as Judge
- Alan Tilvern as General Dodds
- Minah Bird as Miss America
- Luis De Jesus as the Dwarf (additional American footage)
Production and receptionEdit
Betty Box said they only agreed with Nat Cohen to make a sequel to Percy if he financed The Reckless Years, a film of the Byron-Shelley story. However, Cohen reneged on the deal once Percy's Progress was made.
Alexander Walker wrote in his Evening Standard column in 1974 that the film is "just about the deepest depth ever plumbed by the once considerable and now nearly contemptible British film industry in its resolute search for the lowest kind of taste among the thickest kind of people."