The Hostess Also Likes to Blow the Horn (1970)
By: Paul Ryan on October 26, 2010  | 
Sinful Mermaid | All Regions, NTSC | 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced) | Italian DD 2.0 | 90 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Francois Legrand
Starring: Teri Torday, Glenn Saxon, Harald Leipnitz, Jacques Herlin, Rosalba Neri
Screenplay: Kurt Nachmann, Carlo Fuscagni
Country: Germany/Italy
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Yes, gentle reader, there is an actual film in this world called The Hostess Also Likes to Blow the Horn. And guess what? It's not hardcore porn. There are boobies aplenty, but nothing graphic beyond that.

Plot? Pfft!! Oh, right, plot...

It's 1814, just after the Napoleonic wars, and the town of Tursa is suffering under the grasping control of Baron Birrechalet (Jacques Herlin). Absolutely everything is taxed, from drinking, singing, bathing, wearing underwear, and especially fornication. Into this glum little town arrives itinerant actors Justine (Terry Torday) and Ferdinand (Harald Leipnitz), who, through plot contrivances, find themselves buying a local Inn. Now stuck with trying to make it profitable in a town where drinking booze has been taxed out of existence, the pair turn the place into the 19th century equivalent of a prohibition-era speakeasy. Filled with secret passages, fake doorways and novel ways of disguising the presence of alcoholic beverages, the Inn – named The Innocent Lamb – also serves as one place the young men and women of Tursa can satisfy their raging biological urges in peace.

Needing all the tax dollars he can acquire in order to buy himself the rank of Count, the Baron sets his bumbling underlings to work when his income stream becomes threatened, declaring war on immorality. It quickly becomes a race against time for Justine and Ferdinand to locate the rightful heir to the title of Count (Glenn Saxson) and stand up for everyone's right to debauch themselves without feat of taxation.

Plot? Pfft!!!

With a well-worn prudes-versus-libertines setup, The Hostess Also Likes to Blow the Horn is a pretty standard 70s Euro sex comedy. Part of director Franz Antel's Sexy Susanne series – though Teri Torday's Susanne character has been renamed in this print – there's an overload of sexual gags and visual puns that would make Benny Hill weep with envy. It's cheerfully performed, but not terribly funny, and the odd rape joke – seemingly present in a lot of these Eurosmut comedies, at least most of the ones I've seen – sounds a major bum note.

From what I can gather, The Hostess Also Likes to Blow the Horn was shot in German, but for whatever reason, the version presented on this DVD is dubbed into Italian. Given how obscure this film is, I wouldn't be surprised if the producers of this release simply couldn't track down a German language print.
Presented in anamorphic 2.35:1, the video transfer is taken from a soft, unrestored print, but given the film's age and obscurity, this is probably the best it'll ever look on DVD. Colours are generally dull and faded throughout, but some shots occasionally scrub up well.
Audio comes in a single 2.0 track. The dialogue sync in this Italian dub is obviously poor. Still, there's a minimum of hiss and crackle in the track, so I guess that's something.
Extra Features
Like many other MVD Eurosmut titles, this comes with yet another pointless, amateurish slideshow of screen grabs from the movie you've already seen. Phooey.
The Verdict
Ragged, obvious, but painless for what it is, The Hostess Also Likes to Blow the Horn is a mild, unmemorable bit of seventies bawdiness. For a forgotten, forty-year-old sex comedy, MVD's presentation is decent enough, even though it lacks the original audio. Someone really needs to have a word with them about those slideshows though…
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