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When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong (1971)

Quando gli uomini armarono la clava e... con le donne fecero din-don (original title)
R | | Comedy | January 1974 (USA)
Prehistoric cave-stud Ari wins lovely virgin Listra in a pig-catching contest, but their attempts at "Ding-Dong" keep getting interrupted by idiot battles between his tribe, The Cave ... See full summary »


Bruno Corbucci


Fabio Pittorru (story), Massimo Felisatti (story) | 3 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Sabato ... Ari (as Antonio Sabàto)
Aldo Giuffrè ... Gott
Vittorio Caprioli ... Gran Profe
Nadia Cassini ... Listra
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Mash
Elio Pandolfi Elio Pandolfi ... Lonno
Lucretia Love ... Lella
Pia Giancaro Pia Giancaro ... Bea
Gisela Hahn ... Sissi
Valeria Fabrizi Valeria Fabrizi
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori
Vittorio Congia Vittorio Congia
Elio Crovetto Elio Crovetto
Gerry Bruno Gerry Bruno ... Runt
Patrizia Adiutori
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Prehistoric cave-stud Ari wins lovely virgin Listra in a pig-catching contest, but their attempts at "Ding-Dong" keep getting interrupted by idiot battles between his tribe, The Cave Dwellers, and their neighbors, The Lake Dwellers. Annoyed that hubby would rather make war than Ding-Dong, Listra organizes the women of both tribes to go on strike and "abstain Ding-Dong" until the men stop fighting. It all happens back in the days when men carried clubs and women played ding-dong, an Italian stone-age sex comedy based on the Greek classic "Lysistrata" and filled with shapely cavewomen sporting '70s hairstyles, a gay caveman with the hots for the hero, a title tune that will follow you forever and, of course, plenty of old-fashioned Ding-Dong! Written by Anonymous

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Italian censorship visa # 58883 delivered on 29-9-1971. See more »


Followed by When Women Lost Their Tails (1972) See more »


I troglomen
Written by Corbucci - Alluminio - Chiaramello
Performed by gli alluminogeni
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Aristophanes and Nadia Cassini--together at last
21 March 2010 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of these prehistoric cave-woman movies (i.e. "One Million Years B.C.", "When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth). Somehow though the Italians managed to take this very dumb late 60's/early 70's "genre" and make it even DUMBER. (They did, however, put in a lot more skin than in the Anglo-American movies--and, after all, no one ever watched these things for the plot, dialogue etc.) This movie probably wouldn't be funny in any language, but the English dubbing here is especially terrible, and they seem to have borrowed the music from "Surfin' Bird" and a Creedence Clearwater Revival song(!). Still, this has a couple points of interest.

Two tribes of prehistoric cave-women are sick of their men always fighting, so they both vow to stop having sex ("ding-dong") with their men until they stop all the wars. If this sounds vaguely familiar, that's because it's the plot of the Aristophanes play "Lysistra". And while this is an exceeding lame version of it, you have to kind of admire the movie for trying to expose the chronic masturbators of that era to the classics.

This movie also features Nadia Cassini, who was probably the third most famous actress in 70's Italian sex comedies after Edwige Fenech and Gloria Guida. Of course, the average person probable doesn't care about that (but then the average person wouldn't be on a IMDb site for a for a goofy low-budget prehistoric cave-women movie called "Quando gli uomoni amarano la clava--etc."). Anyway, if you ARE a fan of Italian exploitation actresses like Edwige Fenech or Gloria Guida, I'd definitely encourage you to check out Nadia Cassini's body--of work. That's all I have to say about this ridiculous movie though.

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