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  (in credits order)
Annabelle Weenick ... Linda (as Anne MacAdams)
Lacey Kelly ... Baby Doll
Bert Masters
Libby Hall ... Brenda (as Libby Booth)
Norman Smith
Dale Berry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max W. Anderson (as Max Anderson)
George Edgley ... Shugfoot Rainey (as George Edgely)

Directed by
Eric Sayers 
Larry Buchanan (uncredited)
Writing credits
Grace Nolan (writer)

Produced by
Fred A. Kadane .... producer
M.A. Ripps .... executive producer


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Also Known As:
"Swamp Rose" - USA (alternative title)
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81 min
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The film combines footage from an unreleased film entitled "Swamp Rose" made in 1960 by Larry Buchanan with later footage filmed by Eric Sayers. Buchanan's footage was in color but the final film was released in black & white.See more »


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White-trash exploitation at its best!, 26 April 2001
Author: joe-t1 from USA

Common-law Wife is a sleazy exploitation drive-in movie that is so awful it's good. The story is about a cheap dancer named Jonelle--nicknamed Baby Doll--who returns to her small southern home town to shack up with her aging, wealthy Uncle Shug, who has just kicked out his longtime live-in girlfriend Linda. Unfortunately for Baby Doll, Linda claims she is Uncle Shug's "common-law wife," and she refuses to leave. While Uncle Shug tries to straighten things out at the mansion, Baby Doll has sexual encounters with her brother-in-law Sheriff Jody, and with a swamp-livin', moonshine-makin' bruiser named Bull. The ending is unexpected and memorable. Great fun!

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