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Flesh and Lace 
Written by: on December 7th, 2014

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 1965
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Writer: Joseph W. Sarno
Cast: Heather Hall, Judy Young, John Aristedes, Joe Santos, Norman Lind

DVD released: June 29th, 2004
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Something Weird Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.98

Synopsis: A girl and her roommate work in a clip joint nightclub. The roommate is frigid and about to loose her job, when out of the blue the girl’s old flame shows up. He’s a bona fide misogynist jerk but women always go for the bad boys. When he rapes the roommate one night with his main squeeze asleep in the next room, she not only likes it but transforms into a raving nymphomaniac.

The Golden Age of Softcore Black and White Roughies article revealed indirectly that many of these titles had not been reviewed here at 10kBullets. This series of ‘retro’ reviews is intended to rectify this situation. The title under consideration is still in print thanks to the efforts of the late Mike Vraney and Something Weird Video.

This is director Joe Sarno beginning to find his groove in adult soap operas. He was very prolific throughout his long career but even so you can pretty much count his truly classic films on one hand and this is probably number six. The cast is good for character types (many having appeared in Sin In The Suburbs) but rather lacking in thespian skills with the performances of Judy Young (Olga’s House of Shame, Sin in the Suburbs) and Joe Santos (Rockford Files, Sopranos) as Julian saving the day by providing credible performances. Everyone else is rather amateurish though John Aristedes does seem to genuinely and naturally exude greasy sleaze ball qualities.

The nightclub setting is good and depraved but it’s Julian’s toy shop that’s an incredibly interesting and at the same time disquietingly seedy location. Julian isn’t an innocent; he runs a loan shark operation on the side but he’s smitten with the frigid / nympho roommate. The Sarno touch is here as writer and director, and the final product does warrant repeat viewings.

The DVD:

This is a very nice release from a good quality source, though the musical soundtrack was mixed rather loud against the spoken word which makes some dialog difficult to perceive.

The second feature, Passion In Hot Hollows, pales in comparison as it was sourced from a well-worn grindhouse print.

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