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Russ Meyer's Lorna (1964)

Lorna (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 11 September 1964 (USA)
Lorna has been married to Jim for a year, but still hasn't been satisfied sexually. While Jim is working at the salt mine, she is raped by an escaped convict, but falls in lust with him. ... See full summary »

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writers:

James Griffith (screenplay by), Russ Meyer (from a story by) (as R. Albion Meyer)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lorna Maitland ... Lorna
Mark Bradley Mark Bradley ... The Convict
James Rucker James Rucker ... Jim
Hal Hopper Hal Hopper ... Luther
Doc Scortt Doc Scortt ... Jonah
Althea Currier Althea Currier ... Ruthie
Fred Owens Fred Owens ... Ezra (as F. Rufus Owens)
Frank Bolger Frank Bolger ... Silas
Ken Parker Ken Parker ... The Fisherman
James Griffith ... The Man of God
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Storyline

Lorna has been married to Jim for a year, but still hasn't been satisfied sexually. While Jim is working at the salt mine, she is raped by an escaped convict, but falls in lust with him. Meanwhile Jim's buddies are giving him a hard time about Lorna's supposed infidelity, not realizing how close to the mark they really are. Trouble starts when Jim gets home early from work because it's their anniversary. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Lorna Maitland - a wanton of unparalleled emotion... unrestrained earthiness...destined to set a new standard of voluptuous beauty. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Russ Meyer's Lorna See more »

Filming Locations:

Walnut Grove, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Eve Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Although banned by the British Board of Film Censors, Lorna was practically on general release in Cornwall, thanks to the decision by the local authority to pass the film for exhibition throughout the county. During the period from August 1967 to June 1969 Lorna played for a week in Camborne (three times), Falmouth, Helston, Newquay, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Fowey and St Blazey. See more »

Quotes

Luther: Well, if she's getting all her sleep in the night time... she must be real busy in the day time.
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References Bitter Rice (1949) See more »

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Lorna
Written by Hal Hopper
Sung by Bob Grabeau
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Gala UK Premiere -- in Blackburn
1 February 2016 | by jimm-8See all my reviews

British film distributors in the 50s and 60s would often acquire a film banned by the British Board of Film Censors and then tout it round regional authorities to get it passed for exhibition locally. The most famous example was The Wild One (1953) where Columbia managed to flout the censor's ban by getting permission to open the film in Cambridge for three weeks, then Glasgow for five weeks, and at a number of other places. Even more successful were Eros Films who persuaded 181 local authorities to pass Garden of Eden (1955). The cost of arranging so many previews for councillors was far outweighed by the box office returns, with so many people eager to see a banned film.

Grand National Film Distributors thought they had a money-maker with Russ Meyer's Lorna (1964), rejected by the BBFC on 2 February 1965. Featuring Meyer's latest top-heavy discovery Lorna Maitland, the film is actually quite well made, by no means indecent and with an odd religious message. However, most councillors thought the story of a dissatisfied housewife who finds fulfilment with an escaped rapist unsuitable even for local adults, and the film was rejected nearly everywhere – until it reached Blackburn Borough Council. For whatever reason, their watch committee considered it perfectly OK for Blackburn folk to see Lorna do her stuff. And so, on 16 January 1966 at the Essoldo circuit's Royal Cinema in Ainsworth Street, Lorna was finally unveiled in public, probably the only time the Lancashire textile town had hosted a premiere. Disappointingly, the film ran only one week, and people were not coming from all over England to see Lorna perform. Undaunted, the distributors carried on touring local authorities and, in June 1966, tried to get the film passed in Southend-on-Sea. Essex County Council said nothing doing. Like Miss Maitland in the film, Grand National probably lost their shirts.

LATER SHOWINGS: After being banned in Southend-on-Sea, Lorna was later permitted a week on the Lincolnshire coast. Lindsey district council granted Lorna a local "X" and the film ran at the ABC cinema, Cleethorpes, from Sunday, 1 December 1968.


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