HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Eye for an Eye
Prisonniere, La
Z for Zachariah
Marty
Walk with Me
JFK
Kirlian Witness, The
Kid for Two Farthings, A
The Freshman
Hear My Song
Wild Wild West
Cure
Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend
Locke the Superman
Psycho
Magic Flute, The
Top Secret
Ghost Punting
Hitman's Bodyguard, The
Touch, The
Akko's Secret
Backfire
Loving Vincent
Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The
Plot of Fear
Desperate Chase, The
Baskin
Time and Tide
X - Night of Vengeance
Bunny Drop
   
 
Newest Articles
The Cinematic Darkside of Donald Crowhurst
Dutch Courage: The Flodder Series
Coming of Age: Boys on Film 18 - Heroes on DVD
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
Force the Issue: Star Wars' Tricky Middle Prequels and Sequels
Rediscovered: The Avengers - Tunnel of Fear on DVD
Sword Play: An Actor's Revenge vs Your Average Zatoichi Movie
Super Sleuths: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes on DVD
Stop That, It's Silly: The Ends of Monty Python
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
   
 
  Swamp Women Diamond LifeBuy this film here.
Year: 1955
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Marie Windsor, Beverly Garland, Carole Mathews, Mike Connors, Jill Jarmyn, Susan Cummings, Lou Place, Jonathan Haze, Ed Nelson
Genre: Thriller
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and oil prospector Bob Matthews (Mike Connors) is romancing his latest squeeze, Marie (Susan Cummings), who seems more interested in his money than anything else. Nevertheless, Bob good humouredly tolerates her as they watch the carnival go by and after a while they head off, but walking down a side street they are accosted by a drunk (Jonathan Haze) who asks for cash. Bob offers a note, but when they bump into him later on and the drunk is still using the same act, Bob realises his pocket has been picked and the thief is escorted back to the police station where a policewoman, Lee Hampton (Carole Mathews) is being briefed by her superior. She and Bob will cross paths soon...

Swamp Women was historical for being Roger Corman's first film, scripted here by David Stern, but not necessarily one of his most memorable efforts. The twist is that this is not a gang of hardboiled male criminals we are dealing with, but a trio of hardbitten women who the policewoman joins undercover. This feminine twist supposedly made the film popular with lesbians, as the girls - with the exception of the useless Marie - are all tough talking and more than a match for any men who might be unlucky enough to get in their way, which might be why the situation needs another woman to take them down. Naturally, catfights ensue - it's like a Russ Meyer film that hasn't found its feet yet.

But even with that subtext, there's an awful lot of padding, this despite the running time being around seventy minutes. In the early scenes, presumably to appease the town councillors who gave Corman permission to film in New Orleans there are about five minutes too many of the Mardi Gras, adding nothing to the story and actually holding it up just when you want to grow absorbed in it. Our heroine first has to join up with the girl gang in prison and assist them in breaking out, and it's a sign of how impoverished the budget was that the jail consists of one cell and a wall to climb over. Once they reach the bayou, of course there's no need to find expensive locations and the swamps and forests provide a decent backdrop.

How the ostensible leader Josie (Marie Windsor, who always looked like Edmond O'Brien's sister) knows precisely how to reach the stash of diamonds is the story's biggest mystery as she carries no map or compass and one patch of the landscape looks very much like another, to these eyes at any rate. But she appears to know where she's going and when they meet up with Bob and Marie on a day trip, they shoot the guide dead and comandeer their boat. Nobody has any time for the blubbing Marie, but each of the four express an interest in strapping Bob, and it's no surprise who gets the man by the end. Swamp Women is of most interest for its example of fifties tough girl acting, with a red-haired Beverly Garland standing out as an adept exponent of the art. Other than that, it's fairly unspectacular. Music by Willis Holman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2463 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Roger Corman  (1926 - )

Legendary American B-Movie producer and director who, from the fifties onwards, offered low budget thrills with economy and flair. Early films include It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, Attack of the Crab Monsters, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors and X. The Intruder was a rare attempt at straightforward social comment.

Come the sixties, Corman found unexpected respectability when he adapted Edgar Allan Poe stories for the screen: House of Usher, Pit and The Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death and The Tomb of Ligeia among them, usually starring Vincent Price. He even tried his hand at counterculture films such as The Wild Angels, The Trip and Gas!, before turning to producing full time in the seventies.

Many notable talents have been given their break by Corman, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Monte Hellman, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, James Cameron and Peter Bogdanovich. Corman returned to directing in 1990 with the disappointing Frankenstein Unbound.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Mark Scampion
  Frank Michaels
   

 

Last Updated: