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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
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Norman Grant
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Louise Miles (as Diana Vandervlis)
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Dr. John Aitkin (as Richard Cutting)
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Indian Joe
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Joseph Felton
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Frankie Pierce
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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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She's every inch a teasing, taunting "Come-on" Blonde. See more »


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Black Stockings  »

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Working title: "Black Stockings" 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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Featured in Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993) See more »

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Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
1st Movement (Molto Allegro)
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Wanton Murder!
4 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Girl in Black Stockings is directed by Howard W. Koch and written by Richard Landau and Peter Godfrey. It stars Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, John Dehner and Marie Windsor. Music is by Les Baxter and cinematography by William Margulies.

When a party girl is found murdered at a Utah hotel, everyone is under suspicion.

Miserable predatory creatures!

One of the definitions of the low budget drive-in movie, The Girl in Black Stockings is an odd and fascinating picture. In core essence it's a standard murder mystery piece, a sort of minor Ten Little Indians only with kooky overtones.

She'd get on that dance floor and fry eggs!

The characterisations, performed by a wide scope cast list, are firmly in the realm of the off kilter or suspiciously suspect! While some of the scripted dialogue is priceless and pungent with noirish tones. Plus there is lots of smoking going on to emphasise the noirish fever.

I'm gonna have to raise taxes to build a morgue!

The acting is all over the place, mind, with Tarzan leading the way doing some smell the fart acting, while others are overwrought in delivery of script. Yet the up and down acting fits into the grand scheme of Utah weirdo style, further accentuated by the swirly Gothic musical score.

Nutty and fruity, corny yet crisp, it's a fun experience. Plus there's Van Doren, who had to have had the widest mouth of all circa the 1950s. 7/10


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