ONCE YOU SHAVE A CACTUS by E. E. Spitzer

ONCE YOU SHAVE A CACTUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

...and there's no stubble, brother your competitor is in trouble. It's Madison Avenue's favorite fun and games and it's Ira Braun, resident copywriter for Excalibur Electric Razors, behind the eightball. In his attempts to top or topple Regal Razor's cactus demonstration, Ira is forced to ad-lib on live T.V. with a series of resultant visual disasters unprecedented even in the great wasteland. There's the monkey who refuses to allow the gentle ministrations of Excalibur to its stiff upper lip; there's the graphic demonstration of Excalibur's cutting skill (using a cooked carrot) that turns out very pornographic indeed, and there's the gentle sex angle using bunny material Miss Marvel who looks a little too marvelous on camera. Ira is also having trouble backstage. Item one is wife Ann who is promoting too--herself--as nightclub canary. Item two is Miss Euclid Cicero Willunk, head of the National Consumer's Bureau who is ready to test certain theories in bed. Item three Ad-infinitum is the combined forces of Excalibur Inc., and Ira's agency who are ready to hold Ira to account. Skin deep comedy, not too razor sharp, but (pardon the expression) commercial.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1966
Publisher: Crown