“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, June 9, 2014
The Monster and the Stripper (1961)
aka The Exotic Ones
How bad is it? It's ridiculous and cheap. Should you see it? Yes. It's unusual enough to merit watching.
June Wilkinson, of Jayne Mansfield-like proportions, stars in this exploitation film about a night club whose main attraction is a swamp monster (played by Sleepy Labeef!) In the best scene, a man is beaten to death with his own arm. Director Ron Ormond also stars, in a terrible wig and Ormond's wife, in her 50's, plays a stripper with a little girl voice. There's gangsters, garish make-up, lurid color and lighting and a general New Orleans tawdriness.