A delinquent girls' gang pursues a nice ingenue linked romantically to the male leader of a rival gang, and apparently to the murder of one of their members.

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Complete credited cast:
June Kenney ...
Barbara Bonney
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Helen (segment "Hel")
John Brinkley ...
Eddie Rand
Colette Jackson ...
May (as Collette Jackson)
Barbara Wilson ...
Betty Herne
Ziva Rodann ...
Eva (segment "Squirrel") (as Ziva Rodan)
Sandra Smith ...
Lori (segment "Lor")
Barboura Morris ...
Janet
Richard Devon ...
Det. Dunston
Jay Sayer ...
Wally Tomasek
Richard H. Cutting ...
Police Sgt. Phil Herne (as Richard Cutting)
Dorothy Neumann ...
Estelle Bonney
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Police Officer 'Dutch' / Blind Man
Bruno VeSota ...
Fat witness
Paul Bryar ...
Helen's Father
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The Black Widows, a teenage girl gang, find one of their number killed; they suspect Barbara, sometime girlfriend of the leader of rival gang The Vandals. As the gangs prepare for a rumble, we glimpse the members' home lives, exaggerating every type of family dysfunction; but that of their "average American" quarry is no better. Full of shadowy urban night scenes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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While shooting an exterior scene in a suburban neighborhood, one of the neighbors turned on their sprinkler system in hopes that director Roger Corman would pay them to turn it off. Instead, Corman used the free special effect to make it a rain scene which worked out better for the shoot. See more »

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Pre-credits titles: This is not a pretty picture... It could not be pretty and still be true. What happens to the girl is unimportant... What happens to the others is more than important; it is the most vital issue of our time. This story is about a sickness, a spreading epidemic that threatens to destroy our very way of life. We are not doctors... We can offer no cure... But we know that a cure must be found...
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It could not be pretty...and still be true!
5 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Reasonably fun, trashy melodrama from the redoubtable team of screenwriter Charles B. Griffith and producer / director Roger Corman. June Kenney, receiving an official "introducing" credit, is appealing as Barbara Bonney, an upper class kind of gal who believes that she's committed murder. A girl gang called The Black Widows spends the night relentlessly tracking her down, while she tries to make it to what she perceives as safety.

This amusing Corman quickie purports to be touching upon the "important" real life topic of juvenile delinquency, but in reality it's not really something to be taken all that seriously, despite that opening text. It *is* entertaining, and Corman keeps the pace reasonably taut so that the story clocks in at just around 68 minutes. It's got solid atmosphere, some humour, and a respectable rumble during the finale.

The pretty Ms. Kenney makes a noble effort at acting her heart out, particularly when she's required to recite her story in front of a crowd. John Brinkley makes the most of his role as confident, swaggering male gang leader Eddie Rand. There are solid actors in the supporting cast, consisting of Corman regulars like Barboura Morris, Richard Devon, Richard H. Cutting, Ed Nelson, Bruno VeSota, and Paul Bryar. But this little movie truly belongs to a memorable Fay Spain, as Black Widows leader "Hel". She sinks her teeth into her role and dialogue, and is the most entertaining person to watch here.

Far from Cormans' best, but it does just fine for a nights' viewing.

Six out of 10.


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