Monday, February 7, 2011
THE LOVE MERCHANT (1966)
The basic plot of this 60's sexploitation flick is pretty similar to INDECENT PROPOSAL. It seems rich Mr. Harvey likes paying for ladies and it don't stop him if they happen to be married. Not personally being a big fan of modern Hollywood crap I couldn't tell you exactly how similar or not but I'm betting there weren't any sleazy lesbian biker chicks in the big-budget version. This one does have some biker types who look more like they stepped out of Brando's THE WILD ONE than anything very 60's-ish and it also has some lesbianism. Not sure if the DVD I have of this is cut or not but it sorta seems like it is as they cut away before anything too explicit is shown. Of course this era was way before hardcore anyway so It's hard to be sure. Overall I felt this Joe Sarno directed romp was enjoyably compelling with it's ridiculously cheap sets, awful stilted acting techniques and all, plus although Sarno claims he never made any roughies this one comes pretty close. There might even be some underlying subtext about class systems and relationships but I appreciated it more for the absurd go-go dancing and giant sexy underpants.