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The Love Merchant (1966)

| Drama | 1966 (USA)
Biker Click procures lovely willing young women for decadent millionaire playboy Kendall Harvey III. Kendall sets his sights on Peggy Johns as his next conquest, but the married and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia McNair ...
Peggy Johns (as Loraine Claire)
Judson Todd ...
Kendall Harvey III
Louis Waldon ...
Click (as Jim Chisholm)
George Wolfe ...
Roger Johns
Joanna Mills ...
Bobbi
Patti Paget ...
Polly Fields
Penni Peyton ...
Dixie
Peggy Steffans ...
Valery (as Cleo Nova)
Francine Ashley ...
Sandy
Michael Alaimo ...
Vince (as Michael Lawrence)
Annette Godette ...
Hillary
Shep Wild ...
Zug
Steve Barton ...
Nat
Phil Mason ...
Gig (as Philip Mason)
June Roberts ...
Go-Go Girl (as Robin Marks)
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Biker Click procures lovely willing young women for decadent millionaire playboy Kendall Harvey III. Kendall sets his sights on Peggy Johns as his next conquest, but the married and straight-laced Peggy turns down his proposal. However, after her husband's advertising business finds itself in a financial slump, Kendall offers to help out but only if Peggy agrees to be his intimate companion for two days. Written by Woodyanders

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Rainer Werner Sarno
20 November 2003 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Sarno is sometimes considered the skin-flick counterpart to Bergman (or, during his occult period, to Lewton), but if you dub this one into German, you'll swear it's an early Fassbinder melodrama. Set in the Greenwich Village art and go-go dance club milieu, it concerns a pretty, staid middle class woman who sleeps with a wealthy philanderer to save her alcoholic husband's business. The catalyst for the liaison is an ambitious, chain-wielding biker, whose oleaginous hanger-on character is reminiscent of Sydney Falco in "Sweet Smell of Success". As in the oeuvre of Fassbinder (and his mentor Sirk), the emphasis is on power-plays between the classes, personal exploitation and betrayal, and crossing one's own and society's barriers. As usual, the acting carries conviction and the plotting is riveting, but unfortunately, the quality is betrayed by the technical limitations -- sub-minimal sets, static dialogue scenes, and disastrous sound (re-)recording. There's some benign nudity and necking, but nothing graphic in the least; still the atmosphere is sleazy, cynical and at times stylized. And there's one stunning moment of pure cinema in the pivotal scene, which could have come from Pabst. Worth a look for aficionados of the subterranean strain of psychological truth in 60s exploitation.


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