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Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973)

R | | Drama | 10 January 1973 (USA)
A street whore desperately seeks love and acceptance against the backdrop of the criminal element of early 1970s Times Square.



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Cast overview:
Dusty Cole (as Diana Lewis)
Neil Flanagan ...
Cherry Lane (as Lynn Flanagan)
Bob (as Bob Walters)
Paul Matthews ...
Earle Edgerton ...
M.A. Whiteside ...
Susie Simmons
Dorin McGough ...
Sally Simmons
Richard Towers ...
Tony (as Joe Powers)
Daniel Dietrich ...
Billy (as Dan Dietrich)
Ron Keith ...
Fred J. Lincoln ...
Joe (as Fred Lincoln)
Tony Johnson ...
Ken Hill ...
Frank Corso ...


A street whore desperately seeks love and acceptance against the backdrop of the criminal element of early 1970s Times Square.

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Release Date:

10 January 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flashpot on 42nd Street  »

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1.85 : 1
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Dusty Cole: How's your mother?
Cherry Lane: She threw me out. I guess she got tired of me using all her hairspray.
Dusty Cole: Where are you living now?
Cherry Lane: Some hole in the wall on the Lower East Side. It's not much to look at but it's rent controlled. I don't keep much food over there because ever time I do the cockroaches mug me for the food I bring home.
Dusty Cole: How much rent do you pay?
Cherry Lane: 40 a month. I've been so desperate for cash that I've been trying to make the landlord make me live rent free for the past two months. I figure that if I...
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Great Performance from Cannon Makes Film
27 March 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973)

*** (out of 4)

Dusty Cole (Laura Cannon) is a woman living in New York City where she finds herself broke and in a bad place. She agrees to move in wide drag queen and prostitute Cherry Lane (Neil Flanagan) but soon she too is turning tricks for cash. Before long Dusty meets Bob (Harry Reems) and the two quickly fall in love but Cherry puts pressure on Dusty to do one more trick.

I've seen a little over a dozen Andy Milligan movies and I must admit that I rarely give them more than a half a star. The majority of his movies are BOMB rated so obviously I don't think too much of him as a director. At the same time, I understand the cult following that has built around him over the past decade. With that said, I was completely shocked at how good FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET was. The story itself isn't anything overly original but I thought the film has a certain rawness that worked in its favor and the film also benefited from a terrific performance by Cannon.

Cannon's filmography is mostly porn titles but I must say that she was excellent in the role of this woman who just wants happiness but finds one bad situation after another. I thought Cannon was extremely believable in the part and she brought a certain tenderness that made you care for the character. Flanagan, a Milligan favorite, is also quite good in the role of the drag queen. The line delivery and the way Flanagan can go from good to bad was performed very well. Reems is also good in his supporting part and look fast for Fred Lincoln of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT fame.

Milligan does a fine job building up the story and this is certainly the best movie I've seen from him. I thought he did a very good job at making the film seem very realistic as if you were watching real people. There are some great shots of 42nd Street during its exploitation glory days that fans will enjoy. There's a lot of nudity in the film as well as some sexual violence but it just helps the drama of the story.

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