Samuel Fuller directs Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley and Michael Grant in this melodrama where a prostitute tries to lead a decent life in a hypocritical town.
A shock every 30 minutes. This has a tabloid frankness and mode. It can be a little histrionic and obvious at times. Towers is a class act and the good girls and bad women who orbit her all look knockout. The darker themes are pure exploitation. Fuller conjures up some fantastic compositions (one involving Kelly’s shadow as she talks about her past is perfect) yet there’s little spoken here that rings true. I reckon David Lynch loves this, it feels very very Twin Peaks / Blue Velvet adjacent.
Perfect Double Bill: Written On the Wind (1957)
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