Bad Girls Do Cry (1954)

Laughing Gravy
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Laughing Gravy
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Joined: September 1st, 2005, 4:44 am

October 1st, 2017, 3:43 pm #1



Bad Girls Do Cry (1954, but not released until 1965) Dir. Sid Melton(!!!!!!!!)
59 min. / B&W / 1.37:1

A very nice girl starts over in a new town and gets a job slingin' hash, but when she falls for the entreaties of a customer who offers her a job "modeling" she ends up the victim of a white slavery ring. One of her "boyfriends" really, really likes her and tries to get her out of her predicament, but it ends badly for everybody.

The kind of sleazy movies that gives sleazy movies a bad name. At 59 minutes, it seems 50 minutes too long. Seriously: all the women in the cast were professional strippers and they disrobe (well, down to their undies) and dance throughout the film, and while I like strippers disrobing (down to their panties) and dancing as much as the next heterosexual male, I'm s'posed to be watchin' a MOVIE here, not a peep show reel (although no doubt one day soon I'll get around to reviewing peep show reels; I will run out of Bowery Boys movies and Disney True-Life Adventures sooner or later, you know). Misty Ayers (Oooh! Good stripper name - no, really, say it aloud for full effect) is our leading lady, and maybe she's no Ethel Barrymore, but did Ethel ever get a seven minute sequence that consisted of nothing more than, shall we say, "drawing her bath"? I think no. At least, I hope not.

Million-dollar Opening Narration:
"It's a good town. Good industry, good soil, good buildings, good climate, good people and bad people. That's where my story begins: bad people."

The film was shot silent and then voices dubbed in later, and director Melton (we'll get to him in a minute) efficiently decided to eschew the problem of trying to match lips during the looping process by filming nearly all reaction shots, so when two people are talking, we look flat into the face of the person hearing the dialog, and when she speaks in response, we cut to the face of the guy listening intently, and spending long minutes looking into a closeup of a person doing absolutely nothing sure adds to the excitement of this film, bub.

As for Siddy, you can hear his voice: he plays a telegram delivery guy (who doesn't get in the door). No doubt he thought he could sell this to Bob Lippert, but Bob passed, so let's give the guy a little more credit, shall we? In any case, it sat in the vaults for over a decade until somebody released it to the notorious Grind House circuit, where it could bore a new generation of sleaze fans.

Bad Girls Do Cry can be found on DVD from (who else?) Sinister Cinema.

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Frank Hale
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Joined: October 7th, 2005, 2:02 am

October 2nd, 2017, 11:20 pm #2

Another one I've unfortunately missed.

However, "Probes Deeply Into The Foul Core Of Organized Depravity!" did sort of remind me of this message board.

As a Sid Melton fan, Mr. Bats will want to be all over this one!
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Laughing Gravy
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October 3rd, 2017, 2:01 am #3

At least the depravity is organized. Disorganized depravity can get messy.

What I can't figure out is why Mick Jagger is shown on the poster!

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October 3rd, 2017, 1:54 pm #4


Mr. Hale, you read my mind. And there is a very reasonably priced ($7.99) triple feature DVD from Something Weird Video that includes not only this soon-to-be masterpiece, but also Girl in Trouble and A Good Time with a Bad Girl.

How can one lose?


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