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Percy's Progress

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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

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

The film is a sequel to Percy, which was itself based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Hitchcock


  • 1 Synopsis
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Percy is well 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 garners 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 "PS- 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
  • 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


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


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  2. ^ Betty Box, Lifting the Lid, 2000 p 281

External links

  • Percy's Progress on IMDb

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