Lock Up Your Daughters
"Lock Up Your Daughters" (1969).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed byPeter Coe
Written byBernard Miles
Willis Hall
Keith Waterhouse
Based onmusical Lock Up Your Daughters
based on play Rape upon Rapeby Henry Fielding
adapted by Bernard Miles
music by Laurie Johnson lyrics by Lionel Bart
Produced byDavid Deutsch
StarringChristopher Plummer
Susannah York
Glynis Johns
Ian Bannen
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Edited byFrank Clarke
Music byRon Grainer
Color processTechnicolor
Domino Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
(UK & US)
Release dates
  • 30 March 1969 (1969-03-30) (London)
  • October 15, 1969 (1969-10-15) (New York City)
  • October 21, 1969 (1969-10-21) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Lock Up Your Daughters! is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Peter Coe and starring Christopher Plummer, Susannah York and Glynis Johns.[1] It is an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical of the same name set in 18th-century Britain, which in turn is based on the 1730 comedy, Rape upon Rape, by Henry Fielding. It lacks all the songs from the original stage production. It was one of a number of British costume films released in the wake of the success of the 1963 film Tom Jones.[2][3]


A bawdy yarn concerning three sex-starved sailors on leave and on the rampage in a British town.[4]



The musical ran for four years in England but never had a major production in the US. It had a run at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1967.[6]

Christopher Plummer agreed to star, in what would be his first musical since The Sound of Music. Filming started in Ireland in March 1968.[7]


In his review in the New York Times, Roger Greenspun wrote: "...a three-strand plot that has been so smothered in atmosphere, activity and authenticity that even the great traditions of theatrical untruth cannot breathe life into it. The production values of "Lock Up Your Daughters!" are ambitious enough to fill three movies, but they are not sufficient to substitute for one."[8]


  1. ^ "Lock up Your Daughters!". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Murphy p.6
  3. ^ LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS! Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 36, Iss. 420, (Jan 1, 1969): 93.
  4. ^ "Advertisement". Variety. January 1969.
  5. ^ "Lock up Your Daughters! (1969) - IMDb". IMDb.
  6. ^ 'Father' to Be Revived Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 13 Sep 1967: e16.
  7. ^ MOVIE CALL SHEET: Plummer Gets Musical Lead Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times2 Mar 1968: 19.
  8. ^ "Lock Up Your Daughters! A Comic Resolution", New York Times, October 16, 1969