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Common Law Cabin (1967)

How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (original title)
R | | Comedy | July 1967 (USA)
A man runs a broken down tourist trap along the Colorado River along with his French wife and his daughter. Business is so bad that he must pay a local alcoholic to entice tourists, called "suckers", to spend some time and money there.


Russ Meyer


Jackie Moran (as John E. Moran)




Complete credited cast:
Jackie Moran ... Dewey Hoople
Babette Bardot Babette Bardot ... Babette
Adele Rein Adele Rein ... Coral Hoople
Frank Bolger Frank Bolger ... Cracker (as Franklin Bolger)
Alaina Capri ... Sheila Ross
John Furlong John Furlong ... Dr. Martin Ross
Ken Swofford ... Barney Rickert
Andrew Hagara Andrew Hagara ... Laurence Talbot III


After stealing a fortune in unclaimed jewelry, ex-detective Barney Rickert arrives at a run-down dude ranch in Arizona to hide out. When the owner, Dewey Hoople, refuses to sell the land to Rickert, he proceeds to win over the female inhabitants by seducing them one by one which leads to one refusing his advances and a dangerous game played out in which Rickert ruthlessly sets out to get what he wants. Written by Anonymous

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Ken Swofford had a recurring role as newspaper columnist Frank Flannigan in the 1975-76 NBC version of "Ellery Queen". In "The Adventure of the Sunday Punch", John Furlong appears as his photographer. See more »


In the opening scene, Coral is swimming and her pigtails are definitely wet, but when she puts here swimsuit top back on (and, in fact, is still standing in the water), all her hair is dry. After the short walk to the cabin, her father remarks that she's still wet, but she's quite dry. See more »

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The entire opening credits appear on old wooden beach signs. Prints entitled 'Common Law Cabin' simply superimpose the title in standard white text over the still visible 'How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need?' beach sign (turning the original title something of a tagline). See more »


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One of Russ Meyer's most underrated movies.
28 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I very rarely hear anybody mention 'Common Law Cabin', which is a shame. While it obviously doesn't reach the heights of 'Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' or 'Vixen!' it actually comes pretty damn close at times. Newcomers to Meyer will find it a bit of a shock, as it features his trademark flavour of almost innocent sleaziness, lots of buxom babes, hilariously stylized dialogue, and despite the kitschness, a darker, more disturbing undercurrent. One character (Hoople, played by Jack Moran who also wrote this and other Meyer movies) has forbidden incestuous desires, another (Rickert, played by Ken Swofford) is a misogynistic thug. The three chesty babes are all great to look at. Babette Bardot (great name!) plays a Kitten Natividad-ish free spirit, and Alaina Capri (the best looking of the three), a bitchy Eric Gavin type. The third actress, Adele Rein plays Hoople's sweet and uncorrupted teenage daughter. All three women allegedly have 42 inch chests and go-go dance for no apparent reason. The cast also includes Meyer regular Frank Bolger in one of his typical roles. Meyer fans will eat this baby up, others might find it a good starting point to his strange, twisted world which is quite unlike any other in movie history! 'Common Law Cabin' is quite possible Meyer's most underrated film, and should not be overlooked.

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Blythe, California, USA

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