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You don't have to say "I do" to be married...
Shug, a rich old man, throws out his longtime live-in mistress and moves in his young, sexy niece, who's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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One for my Baby Doll!, 23 November 2006

Depraved sleaze? Most definitely. Awful film? I disagree. While Common Law Wife certainly is no great nor good film, I thought much of it was better than one could or should expect. The story is about a rich oilman Uncle Shug who has been shacked up with a woman he picked up five years ago and has become bored with. Now, he wants to bring his stripper niece Baby Doll back home for...I'd like to say comfort but old Uncle Shug has different ideas. Well, Baby Doll returns, making men drool at her while Linda, Shug's old woman, discovers that in her state she is legally "wed" to Shug by common law. She won't leave and baby Doll wants her uncle's fortune at any price. The film has a seedy quality about it which cannot be denied: none of the characters are nice or even relatively decent - except by the film's end you might make a case for the common law wife, sex, deceit, and greed lurks from ever angle, and the end exudes a very naturalistic attitude to life and society. The director(s) do shoot many of the scenes well, exemplifying tension and moral baseness throughout. The actors are decent as each gives at least a mediocre performance. There is no real nudity in the film, though Lacey Kelly as Baby Doll is a sight for the sorest of eyes. A real life stripper, Kelly is like a ripe apple just dying to be picked from a tree. She gets picked a few times in this film. The budget is obviously threadbare, but directors Eric Sayers and old reliable Z film giant Larry Buchanan make the most out of what is at hand. I thought the film's ending, while pretty predictable, was done with some style. Cheers!

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