Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 3rd, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1965 (The Incredible Sex Revolution), USA, 1966 (On Her Bed of Roses)
Director: Albert Zugsmith (Both Films)
Cast: Christopher Warren, Hampton Fancher, Alexander D’Arcy, Ric Marlow, Lovey Song, Sharon Cintron (The Incredible Sex Revolution), Ronald Warren, Sandra Lynn, Barbara Hines, Lee Gladden, Ric Marlow, Regina Gleason, Lovey Song (On Her Bed of Roses)
DVD Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 86 minutes (The Incredible Sex Revolution), 75 minutes (On Her Bed of Roses)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: R (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Two Albert Zugsmith features with the same basic cast and both incorporating real-life psychologist Dr. Lee Gladden in sordid tales based on severe emotional problems mostly related to sexual relations and/or the lack thereof.
On Her Bed of Roses (aka Psychedelic Sexualis) is the ‘major’ title of this release and is quite engrossing. The setup involves an automobile chase followed by a highway sniper shooting spree culminating in suicide. The bulk of the story concerns his girlfriend’s therapeutic sessions with the psychologist, visualized via flashbacks. A primary strength of the film is Sandra Lynn’s acting skills where she changes emotion from drunkenness, anger, anguish, remorse, seductive, to suicidal often within the same take. Perhaps not the powerhouse performance one might expect from Sally Field or Stockard Channing, but quite respectable nonetheless. There is a significant amount of nudity and booze / sex parties on display. The mood is rather bleak and mostly concerns incestual desires and/or activity.
Dr. Lee is back for The Incredible Sexual Revolution. Remember when Andy Kaufman presented a performance that was nothing more than his oral reading of The Great Gatsby in it’s entirety? Well that’s essentially what we have here, but it’s a psychological textbook. This film is 80% talk, talk, and more talk; though it does have a few interesting segments of revelry and decadence. The showpiece is a topless dance party which features Pat Barrington (Mantis In Lace, Orgy of the Dead) doing the twist on her head (her implants serve to keep her face visible at all times). Otherwise Alexander D’Arcy (Fanny Hill) steals the show as the super sleazy boss. Sharon Cintron is the swinging neighbor and was Playboy Playmate of the Month May ’63.
A few interesting aspects. When Lovey Song makes her first appointment with the psychiatrist she is wearing an eye patch, but then it disappears for the remainder of the film. If this movie isn’t lethargic enough already it features three lengthy hypnotism sessions, so extinguish all smoking materials for safety’s sake.
The cinematography by Robert Caramico (The Black Klansman) On Her Bed Of Roses is in exquisite black and white and presented in astounding clarity. The dialog (sometimes looped) is clear and understandable, though there are no subtitles. The Incredible Sexual Revolution fares a bit worse for being produced with far less ambition and budget, but the presentation is practically faultless. The extras are alternate ‘clothed’ takes for the salacious segments and revealing while not.
Zugsmith is always cited for producing Touch Of Evil, but his credits as director are not quite to that level. Here he was aiming at the exploitation circuit and On Her Bed Of Roses is a notable title for that market.