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The Sinister Urge (1960)

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A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

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Cast overview:
Kenne Duncan ...
Lt. Matt Carson
Duke Moore ...
Sgt. Randy Stone (as James 'Duke' Moore)
Jean Fontaine ...
Gloria Henderson
Carl Anthony ...
Johnny Ryde
Dino Fantini ...
Dirk Williams
Jeanne Willardson ...
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Mr. Romaine
Reed Howes ...
Police Inspector
Fred Mason ...
Vic McGee ...
Syndicate man
Harry Keaton ...
Jaffe (as Harry Keatan)
Conrad Brooks ...
Connie
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Someone is killing young women in the park. Police suspect it's related to the smut picture racket, and begin leaning on Gloria Henderson, a smut front woman for the "mob." Her right arm man continues to procure young women with stars in their eyes to submit to their heinous celluloid activities, and if the women try blackmail, they call in a specialist to take care of the problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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8 December 1960 (USA)  »

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$20,152 (estimated)
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'Conrad Brooks' did the stunt-work for when Dirk jumped out of the moving car and rolled down the hill. See more »

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Police leave the police station in a black and white 1959 Ford and arrive at the City Park in a black and white 1960 Dodge Dart. See more »

Quotes

[Mary sees Ed Wood posters on pornographer Johnny Ride's office wall.]
Mary Smith: Are gangster and horror films all you produce?
Johnny Ryde: Those are made by friends of mine. I think you'll find my type of picture entirely different.
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Smuttily yours
10 December 2003 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

I really think smut gets a bad rep. This Ed Wood schlocker attempts to correlate the smut racket and the ills of society's problems. Well, at least back in 1961. Of course, this isn't shown so well and Ed delivers his usual bland scenes of dialogue where the characters are trying to further progress the story. Or were they trading borscht pie recipes? Well this all adds up to a movie that seems like a 10 hour skin grafting session.

Is it bad? Of course, no question. Or was it made out to be that way? After seeing Ed Wood's works, it looks like his actors are giving serious, genuine performances, but there's a sense that they're having fun with it (that is until Ed explained how he was going to pay them). Characters galore range from crazed psychotic who really intimate with a switchblade to 9 fingered wonder Harvey B Dunn who adds new meaning to `giving the bird'. Some scenes are so kampy, it's funny. An interview with naïve actress really had me laughing when the interviewer slyly explains what type of film they'll be shooting. Also, a group of teeners (aka more of Ed's extras) witness a fight break out for no reason!! To try and explain the hilarity of this scene would not do it justice. Count how many desk scenes there are till your wall paint starts peeling! And that Kline, can he steal a scene or what?

Ah, but let's not forget Jean Fontaine as Gloria. Her grating voice really adds a menacing presence (I will never look at a leotard the same way ever again). Maybe smut wasn't the problem and Gloria was the root of the problem? Well, that or her seal tight ensemble displayed throughout the movie! Listening to Gloria's logic and way of reasoning makes me realize that caning may not be such a bad thing after all. And her great line "Dirk? No, that can't be Dirk. Uh-uh. No, that's not Dirk. No" is well worth the price of admission.

There's so much more like shooting on the smut set of scantily clad (?) actresses, abrupt jump cuts, a police raid (HA HA HA), the Syndicate….oh man, some directors wish they could create movies with the flair Ed Wood had. I'm starting to see method in Ed's madness.


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