Written by: Carroll Jenkins on March 4th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: Stephanie Rothman
Writer: Stephanie Rothman
Cast: Sarah Kennedy, Laurie Rose, Mark Thomas, Lynne Guthrie, Ken Del Conte, Solomon Sturges, Gene Elman, Mary Beth Hughes, Lou Tiano, Cassandra Peterson, Bob Schott
DVD released: February 15th, 2011
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A dippy hippie with a masters in math hitchhikes around California looking for work. Or maybe she’ll just crash on the beach.
One of seven films written and directed by Stephanie Rothman, this certainly follows the Rothman Rule: take an adult theme and turn it into a soap opera. Pretty much a clone of her earlier “The Student Nurses”, she again presents the romantic misadventures of three women. What’s the best part of Rothman’s It’s A Bikini World? It’s the brief appearance of garage band the Castways lip-synching “Liar, Liar” inside a cavernous mouth stage while they audition a ravishing brunette go-go dancer in a blazing red bikini. And what’s the best part of The Working Girls? It’s the appearance of Cassandra Peterson in a striptease act on a disco fever curtained stage. She’s in a glitter flash bikini (for a while), and even gets a small speaking part. Of course, Cassandra later became Elvira, and here she appears in her only nude footage, though she did model in various men’s magazines.
This widescreen anamophic presentation is far better than the old fullscreen premium cable showings and rental store VHS tapes. Not just the proper aspect ratio, but a much cleaner and better defined image as well. The extras include the trailer (which looks pretty horrible) and an interview with co-star Laurie Rose who became Mésmera the belly dancer. She is very personable and still sexy, too, and she mentions some of her earlier exploitation films (The Abductors, The Hot Box, etc.). It’s truly a shame that her recollections are drowned out by canned bar noise and horrible county disco (from the movie soundtrack, most likley).
Was co-star Sarah Kennedy a Goldie Hawn clone? You Bet Your Sweet Bippie. She even took Goldie’s slot on Laugh-in circa 72-73. Was Elvira the Hostess with the Mostest? I’ll say, “Duuuh!”.