Sweet young lass Patty Smith moves from her native Kansas to Los Angeles, California. Everything is going smoothly for Patty until one fateful night in which she gets raped by a trio of thugs on the beach. After her doctor informs her that she's pregnant, Patty decides to get an abortion. But since abortions are illegal, poor Patty must resort to drastic illicit measures in order to obtain one. Written by
Tho this DVD is marketed as a cheap exploitation film, Shame of Patty Smith is no such movie. If you are looking for some laughs, ala Ed Wood, you won't find them here.
This is a very well made drama concerning the problem of illegal abortions in this country in the early 60s. Patty is a young woman who is attacked and raped by a gang of thugs and must struggle with the problem of getting an abortion at a time when it was illegal.
She can't afford to go to a professional and so ends up in the hands of a back alley abortionist who is not qualified for the job.
Generally this film takes the position that abortions, in certain situations, should be made legal to prevent women from being forced to go to fly by night abortionists. But the message is low key, for the most part, and is not preachy. There is an element of religion in the film, but once again, it is not heavy handed. It's a very serious drama about a young woman who needs help, but the laws of the time give her little or no choice but to put her life in the hands of a quack.
It is a very well made film with excellent acting and photography.
There are no laughs to be found in this film.
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