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VINTAGE EXPLOITATION FILMS- FILMOGRAPHY

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*CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER (1962) aka SOULS FOR SALE*

 

*Photoplay Production w/ Vincent Price*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoRBNxuweP0

 

*Full movie 9 parts*

 

*Based on an autobiographical account written in 1821, set against the backdrop of a tong war in San Francisco. Involves runaway slave girls.*

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*WILD GUITAR (1962)*

 

*Fairway International Pictures w/ Arch Hall Jr. & Sr.*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZT7p2bj2I

 

*Full movie*

 

*Aspiring guitar player comes to Hollywood seeking fame but finds himself exploited by shady show biz types..A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr.*

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*MONDO CANE (1962)*

 

*Cineriz Production*

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*Full movie in 2 parts*

 

*MONDO CANE (AKA "A Dog's World"), a collage of sequences that were filmed all over the world and documenting such events as tribal rituals, exotic wonders, and bizarre behavior. It was a picture that would single-handedly trigger it's own type of film genre*

*Italian, with English subtitles.*

 

*A "shockumentary" that caught the world by storm, Mondo Cane was a precursor to "reality TV". It's a "must see"! Mondo Cane spurred sequels and imitations usually having "Mondo" in their title. Not for the squeemish.*

 

 

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*TEASERAMA (1955) with BETTY PAGE*

 

*Irving Claw Productions*

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http://www.archive.org/details/Teaserama

 

*Full movie*

 

*This is a compilation of several 1950s burlesque acts, so there's no real plot to summarize. There are some strippers, some stand-up comics of the take-my-wife-please variety and cult favorite Betty Page who introduces the acts and frames the film by strutting her stuff.*

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*TRAPEZE STRIPPER (1901)*

 

*Thomas Edison*

 

**http://www.archive.org/details/TrapezeStripper

 

*Full short*

 

*That year is not a typo! This could well be among the first films in this genre. The young lady looks very practiced at this sort of thing.*

 

 

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*THE DANCE OF LIFE (1929)*

 

*Paramount w/ Nancy Carroll, Oscar Levant*

 

http://www.archive.org/details/TheDanceOfLifeaugust161929

 

*As burlesque is one of the genres of exploitation film, I have included DANCE OF LIFE which is based upon a Broadway production titled BURLESQUE. An early sound film from the 1920's, it gives us a behind the scenes look at the ZIEGFIELD THEATER and the ZIEGFIELD chorus. A musical that once had early Technicolor sequences, now unfortunately lost and replaced by black and white footage.*

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*THE BLOND CAPTIVE (1931)*

 

*Northwestern Australian Neanderthal Expedition Syndicate*

*w/ Lowell Thomas*

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http://www.archive.org/details/TheBlondeCaptive

 

*Full movie*

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*An expedition sent to the primitive aboriginal outback of Australia hears rumors of a lost white woman. They do make it to Australia and then eventually to a very remote area. There they do find a white women who was shipwrecked way back and is married to a tribal Aborigine and is mother to his blond child. She does not want to go back with them.*

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*THE SIN OF NORA MORAN (1933)*

 

*Majestic Pictures w/ Zita Johann*

 

**http://www.archive.org/details/TheSinofNoraMoran

 

*Full movie*

 

*Nora Moran (Zita Johann), a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. This film received an exploitation type "Adults Only" style release.*

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*THESE GIRLS ARE FOOLS (1940'S)*

 

*Jas. F. Smith*

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http://www.archive.org/details/TheseGirlsAreFools1956ExploitationShortWithNudeScene

 

*Full short*

 

*A Hollywood exploitation film about the dangers of exploitation in Hollywood. A naive girl with dreams of stardom lands her first role in a dubious "art film". Unable to get any more film offers, she is forced to work as a nude model for cheap girlie magazines. The last session shows her in bondage with whip marks on her back to illustrate a fetishistic story. Quite daring for its time.*

 

 

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*WOMEN IN THE NIGHT (1948)*

 

*Louis K. Ansell Productions*

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http://www.archive.org/details/women_in_the_night_ipod

 

*Full movie*

 

*Six women from the main Allied Nations battling the German-Japanese Axis in WW2 are arrested by the Germans in Shanghai University, under the false accusation they are accomplices of the killing of a German officer in the Hospital. Two Asian women will join the group, and eventually it is revealed that there are at least three underground spies amongst the small group. Some will survive, others will die heroic deaths for their religious beliefs, nationalist ideals, or the sake of humankind.*

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*GLEN OR GLENDA? aka I CHANGED MY SEX*

 

*Weiss/Screen Classics Dir. by Ed Wood Jr. w/ Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0xsiUCboVQ

 

*Full movie*

 

*"Glen or Glenda" tells two stories. One is about Glen, who secretly dresses as a woman but is afraid to tell his fiancée, Barbara. The other is about Alan, a pseudohermaphrodite who undergoes a painful operation to become a woman. Both stories are told by Dr. Alton, who also delivers an earnest lecture on tolerance and understanding. There is a second narrator, called the Scientist, whose commentary on the action contains more philosophical pronouncements than facts. The movie also has flashbacks-within-flashbacks and a strange dream sequence. We meet Insp. Warren, whose investigation of a transvestite's suicide leads him to learn more about men in women's clothes; Johnny, whose wife left him when she discovered what he wears when she's away; Barbara, oblivious to Glen's desire to wear her angora sweater; Satan, who invades Glen's nightmare; and others...*

 

*One of Ed Wood Jr's more memorable works.*

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*SWAMP WOMEN (1955)*

 

*American International Pictures Dir. by Roger Corman*

 

**http://www.archive.org/details/RC_SwampWomen

 

*Full movie*

 

*A plucky police woman infiltrates a group of hardened female criminals who are planning to break jail and retrieve their loot of diamonds from its swampy hiding place. Complications arise when the women abduct Connors and begin fighting each other.*

 

*Roger Corman's directorial debut*

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*I've discovered a new "bell and whistle" enhancement on these message boards, that of Hyperlinking titles! For discussion of these films go to:*

 

**[VINTAGE EXPLOITATION FILMS- DISCUSSION|http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=161845&tstart=0]

 

*I may at some point create a summary list of movies posted here (which now runs to over 80 films) with titles conveniently Hyperlinked to the uploads!*

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*HEMP FOR VICTORY (1942)*

 

*US Dept Of Agriculture*

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*13 min short*

 

*An example of the government changing it's tune. You suddenly went from Public Enemy Number Number One to invaluable ally in the war against the axis!*

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*UNCIVILISED (1936)*

 

*Expeditionary Films (Australia)*

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http://www.archive.org/details/Uncivilised_1936

 

*Full movie*

 

*A white novelist, looking for a story in the outback, is kidnapped by an Afghan slaver, betrothed to a white jungle-man, and menaced by a jealous half-caste rival, a hostile witch-doctor, his crazed-killer son, and opium smugglers!*

 

*This was legendary Australian-based film maker Charles Chauvel's attempt to break the international market. It stars Dennis Hoey (Inspector Lestrade in the Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies.)*

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*LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960)*

 

*Filmgroup Dir. by Roger Corman*

 

 

 

*Full movie*

 

*Ev, her husband, Harold and their lawyer friend Martin are skindiving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, temporary interruption of oxygen has killed everyone on the island - maybe in the world!*

 

*In "Vistascope"!*

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*SANTA CLAUS VS THE DEVIL (1959)*

 

*Cinematográfica Calderón S.A. (Mexico)*

 

**http://www.archive.org/details/SantaClausversusTheDevil

 

*Full movie*

 

*A bizarre flick from Mexico translated by K. Gordon Murray for children's matinees, in which Santa Claus is the envy of the CIA and avoids child labor laws by keeping his slaves in an orbital castle over the North Pole. Currently #44 on IMDB's Bottom 100 of worst films, beating out "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" by a wide margin. From everything I've heard, it's PD in Mexico, too, so the GATT monster didn't get this one!*

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*DEVIL MONSTER (1946)*

 

*Excelsior Pictures*

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http://www.archive.org/details/DevilMonster1946

 

*Full movie*

 

*This is an edited version of "Sea Fiend (1936)". Mexican-American co-production, padded with tons of stock footage, was re-released as an exploitation film in 1946. Scenes of topless native girls were added so it could be reissued as an adults-only roadshow picture, "Devil Monster".*

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*KILLERS FROM SPACE (1954)*

 

*Planet Filmways*

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http://www.archive.org/details/Killers_from_space

 

*Full movie*

 

*Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them*

 

*Sci-fi/horror films from the 50's tell us more about the time and decade than anything else.*

 

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