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Sin in the Suburbs 
Written by: on November 4th, 2014

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 1964
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Writer: Joseph W. Sarno
Cast: Judy Young, W.B. Parker, Audrey Campbell, Dyanne Thorne, Marla Ellis

DVD released: June 29th, 2004
Approximate running time: 90 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: With the husbands stuck on the train commuting to the city for 3 hours a day plus 8 – 9 hours at work, the suburban wives of the neighborhood get lonely. Just what can they do with their excess leisure time?

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 the first actual directing effort from Joe Sarno available for appraisal given that Lash of Lust (62) is currently lost. Like Russ Meyer’s Lorna, this is a lurid sex obsessed drama, but it is a much more complex undertaking with several different intertwining (and intercut) threads that mostly come together at the denouement. That puts it pretty squarely in soap opera territory, and Sarno as writer infuses the script with many various scandalous behaviors and relationships that are more spoken of than shown. The nudity factor is quite low, but there is still plenty of red meat to sink your teeth into.

Best actor award goes to Judy Young as the primary character / barometer of the piece. She develops from innocent, naive, and happy teenage girl into a world weary and street wise narcissist. The catalyst of this downward spiral for Judy and the community at large is the posing ‘brother and sister’ duo played by Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS) and W.B. Parker. Parker in particular is gleefully disreputable, and Judy’s insatiable mother is portrayed by Audrey Campbell. Just compare Olga’s House Of Shame also starring Young, Campbell, and Parker to Sin In The Suburbs to see just why the latter made the top ten list while the former got a ‘barely mentioned’.

The DVD:

Reportedly only 15 prints were struck of which 2 are known to have survived. The source for this release is actually quite sharp and blacks are good, the biggest problem is with the numerous splices that can obscure dialog.

Note: Sin In The Suburbs appears on a double feature release with The Swap And How They Make It (not generally considered to be a ‘roughie’). Stay tuned for more rough times and roughie reviews to come!

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