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Monday, October 25, 2010

Pretty Maids All In A Row DVD Review

Pretty Maids All In A Row DVD Review



Synopsis: Oceanfront High School student Ponce de Leon Harper (John David Carson) is obsessed with sex. Fortunately, he meets lots of girls. Unfortunately, they all end up dead.

Written and produced by post-Star Trek Gene Roddenberry, and directed by Roger Vadim (Barbarella), Pretty Maids All in a Row is an outrageous, head spinning, flower-powered dark comedy/sex comedy/murder mystery that could only be produced in a decade like the 70s.

Playing a randy football coach, Rock Hudson headlines a top cast that includes Angie Dickinson as a sexy substitute teacher and Telly Savalas as a savvy homicide cop -sans lollipop. Sci-fi fans should look for appearances by Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) as the High School Principal, and James Doohan ("Scotty" from Star Trek) as a State Trooper. If that's not enough, imagine the film's opening soundtrack featuring Chilly Winds, a song by the Osmonds. With everybody doin' it in this whodunit, Pretty Maids all in a Row needs to be seen to be believed.

Review: This movie is crazy!  I mean that in the best of ways.  This was a post-Star Trek departure for Gene Roddenberry, as he wrote an opus that is almost as dark, violent and sexual as A Clockwork Orange.  I think that this must've been a sign of the times during the transitional period of the 1970s.  I do have to say that I'm so glad that the Warner Archive is going back and releasing so much of this old film on DVD finally!  I would've never had to chance to see this rare film otherwise and it was truly entertaining.  Its most certainly not for prudes, as there is a lot of provocative material, but its a great ride.  I definately recommend.

Interest Range: Cult Classic, Gene Roddenberry