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7 October 1969 (USA) See more »
If What Happened to Susan Happened to You Everybody'd Know Your Name Too!
A pretty young girl arrives in New York City to make it in "the Big Apple", but winds up getting involved with lesbians, an escort service and the underground bondage scene. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Karen Carlson ... Susan Barton
Getti Miller ... Diane Rogers
Augustus Sultatos ... Vic Keller
Tony Seville ... Tony Martinelli
Rita Bennett ... Go-Go Dancer
Dennis Johnson ... Roy Davenport
Tyrus Chesney ... Gen. Motley
John Harrison ... George Michaels
Vic Vallaro ... Jim Norton
Karil Daniels ... Carol Taggart
John Cardoza ... Photographer
Stuart Coffee ... Marvin Witherspoon

Directed by
Joseph Jacoby 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Dorsey Blake  screenplay
William Dorsey Blake  story
Joseph Jacoby  story

Produced by
Joseph Jacoby .... producer
Cinematography by
Stephen R. Winsten 
Film Editing by
Kemper Peacock 
Production Management
Gary Posner .... production manager
Sound Department
John Fodor .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Goldsmith .... additional photographer
Music Department
George Craig .... music editor


Additional Details

79 min
Sound Mix:
USA:R (1970)


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Underachieving soft porn, 28 September 2011
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

For reasons I no longer can remember, I made an index card out for Joseph Jacoby some 40 years ago and popped him in my film directors file for future reference, but he never fashioned much of a career. Finally seeing his debut feature film it seems he hadn't much to offer.

SHAME, SHAME is similar to other soft porn from the NYC school of its time, right before hardcore movies made the scene. Karen Carlson, who went on to a solid mainstream career is another of the hapless women who come to the Big Apple to make it big and are subjected to endless abuse (see: Doris Wishman, Barry Mahon and the Findlays).

The milieu is authentic, with scenes at clubs like the Purple Onion and the Dogwood Room, but Jacoby's script is hokey, repetitive and unconvincing. Central gimmick is that Carlson rooms with a predatory lesbian (Getti Miller in an okay performance) who hires an unscrupulous "Dating Service" rep (in more recent decades it's called Escorts) to fix Carlson up with rotten guys in order to turn her off completely regarding men.

The requisite NYC party scene is hosted by a creepy guy (Stuart Coffee) who appears to be a Zero Mostel wannabe judging from his appearance. Conclusion has Karen stuck with an S&M nut who puts her in bondage, with Miller and the dating service guy rushing to her rescue. The freeze-frame ending is awful, as if Jacoby were in a hurry to wrap things up.

Lensing is unimpressive and film has the usual earmarks of porn -a topless guest shot by fan fave Rita Bennett as a go-go dancer and editing by the mysterious, but busy, Kemper Peacock, who's magnum opus WHIP'S WOMEN remains high up on my want list but currently has only its lengthy trailer in circulation.

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