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The Flesh Merchant (1956)

A girl visiting her sister in Hollywood hopes for a modeling career, but is tricked by pimps into working at a brothel.


W. Merle Connell

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Cast overview:
Joy Reynolds Joy Reynolds ... Nancy Sheriden / Walker
Geri Moffatt Geri Moffatt
Marko Perri Marko Perri ... Vito Perini
Guy Manford Guy Manford ... Sogel
Lisa Rack Lisa Rack ... Paula Sheridan
Ted Soares Ted Soares
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen
Edward Schaaf Edward Schaaf
Fred Humphrey Fred Humphrey
Lyle Kirk Lyle Kirk
Wayne Winton Wayne Winton
Debbie Marshall Debbie Marshall
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... (as Ray Guth)


A girl visiting her sister in Hollywood hopes for a modeling career, but is tricked by pimps into working at a brothel.

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Blasts the lid off an infamous Hollywood vice racket!



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1963 (Japan) See more »

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The Wild and Wicked See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Paula Sheridan: There's a very dirty word for what you are!
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Fun Exploitation Picture
12 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Flesh Merchant (1956)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Above average sexploiation film about 21-year-old Nancy (Joy Reynolds) who travels to Los Angeles to visit her sister and with dreams of getting into modeling. She meets a modeling agent but he's actually just a pimp and soon Nancy finds herself at a resort selling herself to older men. Director W. Merle Connell was no stranger to the exploitation genre and a quick look at his filmmography will show titles like TEST TUBE BABIES, THE DEVIL'S SLEEP and UNTAMED WOMEN. He certainly knows how to fill his film's with interesting characters and that there is what helps THE FLESH MERCHANT from being boring. Running just under a hour there's certainly no time that's wasted as we're pretty much introduced to the girl, see that she's willing to make a few bucks and it's off to the whorehouse she goes. The film runs at a very quick pace thanks to the director but the screenplay also deserves a lot of credit for the rather fun characters. The Nancy character is just as naive as you'd expect and the warning, soap-box preaching sister is a real hoot as well and especially at the end. There's the wiser hooker who is getting too old for the game and of course all of the pimps are downright fun in their own way. If you're looking for a serious drama about the horrors of street walking then you're not going to find it here. This is an exploitation picture that wants to "warn" of things but at the same time highlight the fun of being at one of these clubs. There's even a quick bit of nudity, which was clearly a wink at the mostly men who would be watching this. The performances are actually a lot better than you'd expect as well. THE FLESH MERCHANT isn't a lost masterpiece but for fans of the genre it's certainly worth watching.

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