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Scum of the Earth (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 8 October 1963 (USA)
A naive and innocent teenage girl is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer who is in league with a teenage gang whose boss illegally sells photos of teenage girls being abused and degraded.

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Harmon Johnson (as Thomas Sweetwood)
Allison Louise Downe ...
Kim Sherwood (as Vickie Miles)
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Lang (as Lawrence Wood)
Sandra Sinclair ...
Sandy (as Sandy Sinclair)
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Christy Foushee ...
Marie (as Toni Calvert)
Doug Brennan ...
Carl
Christina Castel ...
Shirley
Edward Mann ...
Mr. Sherwood
Lou Youngman ...
Dave, punk in diner
William Caulder ...
Joe, punk in diner
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Kim Sherwood is a young naive teenager who is asked by a friend to model for a shady photographer named Harmon. The photographer works for an unscrupulous businessman who is in league with a local Miami teenage gang in illegally selling photos of young girls in the nude being used and abused. When Kim wants out, the gangster Mr. Lang, blackmails her into staying on by using his strong-armed thugs to enforce order. Written by matt-282

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From the shadows of their sordid haunts ... They slither like predatory beasts ... To stalk their prey! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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8 October 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Devil's Camera  »

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Budget:

$11,000 (estimated)
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(uncut)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last scene (Kim walking into Craxton) was shot at the entrance of North Miami Senior High School. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Look, I'm a minor. And the worse thing that can happen to a minor is juvenile probation which is just like Mr. Lang said.
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Good--for a Hershell Gordon Lewis film
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

An innocent girl Kim (Allison Louise Downe) is forced to pose topless to pay for her college tuition.

The script is actually pretty good (except for a few clunky lines) and the direction is VERY good--for Herschell Gordon Lewis. The man made a lot of infamous blood and gore films of the 1960s--they were badly acted, directed and scripted but the plentiful gore kept you watching. But with this film something happened--he photographed in B&W and he actually wrote a fairly good script. Also there are a few competently directed sequences. Still it's really a bad film because of one thing--the acting. It's just AWFUL!!!!! It's just beyond belief how bad everybody is in the film (especially Downe). Also, despite the subject matter, there is no nudity. They come close but this would probably get by with a PG-13 rating today. So, a pretty good script and direction ruined by lousy acting. I'm sure some people are reading this and thinking I've lost my mind but seriously--HG Lewis made a fairly serious, good film!

One hilarious mistake--at one point Kim gets a letter addressed to her in Detroit MI--yet all the exterior shots show palm trees that only grow in CA!!!!


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