"Fuller gives us an ugly, tawdry America hiding its guilt under a surface of normalcy." - Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
A prostitute named Kelly (Constance Towers) shows up in the town of Grantville where she engages in a tryst with the local sheriff Griff (Anthony Eisley), who then tells her to get out of town. Instead, she decides to give up her illegitimate lifestyle and becomes involved in working with handicapped children. Griff doesn’t trust her and continues trying to run her out of town. Kelly falls in love with Grant (Michael Dante), scion of the town’s founding family and Griff’s best friend. Just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly may be on the level, a scandal threatens to destroy Kelly’s new life.
Cast & Crew
- Betty Bronson - Miss Josephine
- Karen Conrad - Dusty
- Michael Dante - J.L. Grant
- Marie Devereux - Buff
- Anthony Eisley - Captain Griff
- Virginia Grey - Candy
- Breena Howard - Redhead
- Patsy Kelly - Mac, Head Nurse
- Jean-Michel Michenaud - Kip
- Neyle Morrow - Officer Sam
- Betty Robinson - Bunny
- Constance Towers - Kelly
- Edy Williams - Hatrack
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Well...its not the best bad girl trying to make good story in post Film Noir 1964 - but Constance Towers gives a Dorothy Malone, Douglas Sirk type performance - unfortunately, the budget is not that of a Douglas Sirk movie, and the rest of the cast thought likable, its just not Rock Hudson and Robert Stack. That said - it has refreshing unexpected twists - it just needs better cinematography and better editing.
It is amazing how a low-budget flick like Fuller's can probe reality in much more profound ways than all the Hollywood glitz of the time. Small-town attitudes on prostitution, police corruption, philanthropy, and child abuse, are portrayed with minimum intrusion by the director. Patsy Kelly went on to be the Bad Seed.
What a brave film for 1964. That's almost 50 years ago, people. Some of the lines are corny as you would expect, but the opening sequence!? Come on, that's awesome stuff. This main character is nobody's fool and not a helpless woman. I think this is definitely a worthwhile watch for those into the genre.
Samuel Fuller deftly portrays the seamy secrets beneath small-town, Post WWII life as a prostitute rolls into town and quickly realizes she wishes to change her ways and live on the other, straighter side. Constance Towers and Patsy Kelly are perfectly cast.
Pretty good flick