Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 6th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1964
Director: Joseph P. Mawra
Writer: Joseph P. Mawra
Cast: Audrey Campbell, Dolly Simmons, Alice Denham, Cynthia Grey, Jane Hill
DVD released: April 26th, 2005
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Madam Olga runs a house of prostitution with an iron hand. Indiscretions are handled down in the basement where a variety of makeshift torture devices have been devised. How long can Olga’s girls stand this abuse?
Audrey Campbell starred in the first three of five Olga films produced by George Weis (GLEN OR GLENDA?) and directed by Joseph P. Mawra. The first was White Slaves Of Chinatown (aka Olga’s White Slaves) and was a rather low-grade effort that was further hampered by the dull narration instead of live or sync sound. The net result was ponderously dull but very popular nonetheless.
Next came Olga’s Girls and this is a tremendous leap forward in most every aspect; brilliant black and white cinematography, a semblance of a plot, more girls, more drug use, more nudity, more ‘torture’, just more, more, more.
There is quite a bit of dialog spoken by the actresses and that is the biggest setback for this feature; it reverted to the dual male narration and Campbell’s voice-over format of the first film. I find the film much more enjoyable with the soundtrack completely muted, then you can imagine the sounds, the dialog, the screams, to the extent that they are almost palpable.
Olga’s Girls was picked up for re-release by Radley Metzger’s Audubon Films and that’s probably why the negative was available for this film and not the other three as released by SWV. This Synapse release is sharp, blacks are dark, and the noirish cinematography by William Rose is quite impressive, comparable to that of Russ Meyer’s B&W films. The trailer is included as is a commentary track by Audrey Campbell. A Special Edition release worthy of the name.
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