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Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

A seductive woman, who left her small fishing town long ago after being caught with another woman's husband, returns to shake up the place by seducing everyone, including the woman and her girlfriends.


(as Joe Sarno)


(as Joe Sarno)

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Cast overview:
Priscilla Howe (as Rebecca Brooke)
Jennifer Jordan ...
Abigail Lesley (as Sarah Nicolson)
Eric Edwards ...
Gordon Howe
Chris Jordan ...
Alice Anne
Jennifer Welles ...
Julia Sorel ...
Susan Sloan ...
Tracey (as Anne Keel)
Alex Mann ...


The return of Abigail Lesley brings back some old painful memories for several inhabitants of a small quiet finishing village that's been hit by economic troubles. Abigail left town years ago after she and Gordon Howe were caught by accident by his wife Priscilla, while having sex. Abigail is a sexually liberated and predatory woman, who knows what she wants and what she wants is revenge, sort of. She slowly gets in touch with the people she used to know there, including Priscilla, and proceeds to seduce them one by one. What starts off as manipulative revenge, slowly turns into a session of sexual liberation and emotional healing. Succumbing to Abigail's charms, cautious Priscilla, her sex-loving friends Lila and Tracey, ashamed local incestuous fisherman and Priscilla's on and off lover Chester, his meek sister Alice Anne and indirectly even Priscilla's aunt Drucilla, all become part of Abigail's seductive game. However, things take a more serious turn at the end.

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The Bad Girl Who Was REAL Good...


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Abigail Leslie Is Back in Town!  »

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14 February 2015 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

She hightailed it after a scandal but now ABIGAIL LESLEY IS BACK IN TOWN and the old gang's creamin' their jeans, let me tell ya. They all knew each other back in high school when they either lusted after or had sex with each other and now, ten years later, it's happening all over again, their marriages be damned...

Joe Sarno's oneiric 1975 (im)morality tale has a number of superstars from The Golden Age Of Porn (Jamie Gillis, Jennifer Welles, Eric Edwards) doing softcore (where a modicum of acting replaces penetration) and guess what- nobody breaks the suspension of disbelief or embarrassed themselves. This may be softcore porn but it inhabits the same universe as it's XXX brethren -a world where sexual fulfillment is the most important thing in life. It's the only thing, in fact, and if it isn't, there's something wrong with you, like Priscilla (Rebecca Brooke). I was down with it but tremors began to crack the terrain when a couple of characters professed their love at the end (Abigail to Priscilla, Priscilla & Chester to each other) and I had a Scarlett O'Hara moment when I thought, "But where will they go? What will they do?" because not one of them worked or did much of anything besides think or worry about sex when they weren't actually having it.

In this universe there's nothing wrong (as Priscilla found out) that a little liberation can't cure so I was gobsmacked when Priscilla told Chester that the only way they could be happy was to "leave this place". Why? Are they running from a past they had no trouble embracing in more ways than one? That revelation turned this universe on its ear and my comprehension crumbled along with it. The cock-blocking mixed message confounded me but the film's anatomical and pastoral (a New England fishing village) tableaux were so nice to look at, I didn't care. It was filmed in Amityville, Long Island but I'm not reel sure what possessed writer/director Sarno. Not that it matters, of course -I was spellbound. I was surprised beautiful leading lady Rebecca Brooke (aka Mary Mendum) wasn't the titular vixen but her Priscilla was the film's focal point and she its star. Brooke was found floating in a Boca Raton, Florida canal a couple of years ago, "accidently drowned" but I can't find out anything more about it.

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