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The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 September 1957 (USA)
A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect.

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David Hewson
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Beth Dixon
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Harriet Ames
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Edmund Parry
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Julia Parry
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Sheriff Jess Holmes
John Holland ...
Norman Grant
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Louise Miles (as Diana Vandervlis)
Richard H. Cutting ...
Dr. John Aitkin (as Richard Cutting)
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Indian Joe
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Joseph Felton
Gerald Frank ...
Frankie Pierce
Karl MacDonald ...
Deputy Fred
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Amos
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Prentiss
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Near a small Utah town, visiting lawyer David Hewson finds the slashed body of party girl Marcia Morgan, his fellow tenant at Parry Lodge. Sheriff Jess Holmes considers everyone at the motel a suspect, even owner Edmund Parry, a woman hater who is quadriplegic...or is he? While Holmes investigates and the suspects try to hide mutual fears, the killer strikes again... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Black Stockings  »

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This movie was filmed in and around Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah. This lodge was opened in the early 1930s by the Parry brothers, as a place in which to lodge Hollywood film crews who came out to that area of Utah to film some of the early westerns. Over the years many famous movie stars have stayed at this lodge. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Jess Holmes: I don't have to be crazy to know I have a real crazy one on my hands.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
1st Movement (Molto Allegro)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Tries Hard to Escape Midland
22 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The late 50's was a strange time for Movies. There were rumblings of an "expansion of consciousness" if you will, that resulted in attempts, like this one, to explore lurid, unmentionable gruesome violence (against Women), and sexual themes that were previously only barely hinted.

If you were paying attention, it was obvious that the Arts were becoming a more liberal expression of primal urges (Rock n' Roll) that were always there but rarely talked about in polite company. So here we have this lackluster Serial Killer Movie that was just aching to escape from Studio and Audience conventions, but alas, it was not to be.

The "grisly" Murders are very Ho-Hum, one if you can imagine, is just a guy being pushed into a swimming pool. The rest take place off screen. There is a lot of Psycho-Babble, the most scathing coming from a paralyzed hater of all Women. Some of this is slightly entertaining in a trashy kind of way, but not quite enough to save this stiff and incompetently Directed Movie.

People talk and talk and say very little. The Sheriff's investigation is basically talk and talk, occasionally on the telephone, and everyone seems to have sunstroke rendering them immobility and inability to emote.

This is a strange one at best, but at its worst is slowly paced, mostly uninteresting, and lacking any flare.


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