Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shanty Tramp: An Exploitation Film at its Purest

This is your standard exploitation feature, filmed with zero budget and mainly with amateurs. Like all of its kind, the film proclaims to want to discuss some hard hitting question, in this case hypocrisy of power and interracial affairs, but its real purpose is to show some sleaze and violence, wrapped around a  paper-thin morality play.
Here we have a bit of trash from the late sixties. In a sleazier version of Too Kill a Mockingbird, this is the rigorous story of a young whore caught up in a backwards love triangle. As a tramp, she catches the eye of local colored boy (to use the parlance of the time) who saves from being raped and not-paid by a biker tough, who's supposed to be twenty, but looks fifty. He offers her his shirt and she offers him some lovin’, which he cannot resist. Unfortunately, right after he finishes his carnal exploration of some white meat, her alcoholic father, having recently found the Lord, stumbles in and sees his beloved tramp daughter nekkid with the black man.

What’s a poor whore to do? She cries rape and the father runs off to stir up the town. The black man runs off, steals a car full of bootleg whiskey, and gets into a fatal car accident. The father then figures out his daughter was lying, smacks her around, and tries to rape her. She stabs him to death with some bad acting. Then runs off with the preacher with the law on her heels.
As you can see Shanty Tramp has a weak story, filmed badly and cheaply, with lots of boring scenes of people drinking and dancing at bars, lousy action, and gratuitous (and not very attractive) breast shots. The music is always bought by the yard or local people doing generic rock (including the mid-west single “Shanty Tramp”). The people can’t dance and the scenes always go on for too long, but the whore is pretty hot. I’d bang her for five bucks, her going rate.
Very minor actor- Bill Rodgers
I feel a special shout-out is deserved for Bill Rodgers here who plays Preacher Fallows. He is the lone star of the production, taking on his role with verve and energy. I believed his role as the preacher. He spoke to me. Rodgers doesn’t have too many acting credits, mostly appearing in grade-z flicks like Flesh Feast, Santo vs. The Vampire Women, Adam Lost his Apple (A nudie cutie) and this masterpiece. This was the low end of his career. He began as an announcer in the 50s for the original $64,000 Question- probably one of the most influential game shows ever.
Actually a cop

An interesting little side note here. All of the bikers, the ones with unconvincing dialogue like “Crazy like man. Me and my chick wanna find a dark corner anyway, daddio,” were played by member of the Davie County Sheriff's Department in Florida, most of whom lost their jobs due to their participation in the film.

The film movie is below. Enjoy and Caveat Emptor.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Readings for 2017

        2017 has ended! Another long year of pandering to my reading addiction. But my folly can be your joy. For this installment I decided to list all of the books that I've read this year that I have deemed worthwhile. Again, these are just the good ones. There have been just as many that were terrible, which I will spare you. For more suggestions look at my What I've Been Reading page. Enjoy and Caveat Emptor!

                      The Legion of Regrettable Super-Villains review

                                    Cerebus Vol 15: Latter Days review

                                       Cerebus Vol 14: Form and Void

                                          Cerebus Vol. 13: Going Home

                                          Cerebus Vol. 12: Rick's Story

                                   Cerebus Vol. 11: Guys

                                                Cerebus Vol. 10: Minds

                                                   Cerebus Vol 9: Reads

                                         Cerebus Vol. 8: Women review

                                           Cerebus Vol. 7: Flight review

                                        Cerebus Vol. 6: Melmoth review

                                     Cerebus Zero review

                                     Cerebus Vol. 5: Jaka's Story review

                              Cerebus Vol 4: Church and State II review

                             Cerebus Vol. 3: Church and State I review

                                    Cerebus Vol 2: High Society review

                                                  Cerebus Vol. 1 review

                                                     The Sellout review

                     The Complete Elfquest volume 3 review

                                  The Cartoon Guide to Genetics review

                               Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk review

                                            Forbidden Knowledge review

            Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
                                                           Le Gun 1-3 review

                                       Anomaly review


                  Hand-Drying in America: and Other Stories review

                     The Six Voyages of Lone Sloane review

                The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs review

                                          Speed * Kentucky Ham review

                 The Complete Jon Sable, Freelance Vol. 5 review  

                           The Complete Jon Sable, Freelance Vol. 2 review

                        Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book review

                       Memoirs of Vidocq: Master of Crime review


        "Yellow Kid" Weil: America's Master Swindler review

                                Astro City Vol 14: Reflections review

                                                Chicago Stories review

                              The Sociopath Next Door review

Naked Scientology- Ali's Smile review

                                   Five Years in a Warsaw Ghetto review

                                                    Who Goes There review


                         Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography review

                                                    Out of the Night review