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LORNA (director: Russ Meyer; screenwriters: James Griffith/story by Russ Meyer; cinematographer: Russ Meyer; editor: Russ Meyer; music:  James Griffith; cast: Lorna Maitland (Lorna), Hal Hopper (Luther), Mark Bradley (The Convict),  Franklin Bolger (Silas), James Rucker (Jim), Doc Scott (Jonah), Altheia Currier (Ruthie), Fred Owens (Ezrs); Runtime: 78; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Russ Meyer; RM; 1964-B/W)

"The most enjoyable parts of this trashy exploitation skin flick are the nude scenes and Lorna'a appealing big titties."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

This was the first Russ Meyer ("Fanny Hill"/"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"/"Supervixens") film with a plot and the first film he shot in black-and-white. It's written as a serious morality melodrama by the film's co-star James Griffith, that's based on a story by Meyer.

Jim (James Griffith), the narrator, is first seen as a firebrand evangelical preacher, in a a small, sparsely populated Californian town, who tells a street audience about his bad one-year marriage to the titular blonde sex goddess (Lorna Maitland) and how she got it on with an escaped murderer felon (Mark Bradley) after he raped her in the field where she was skinny dipping in the pond. At the time of the marriage, Jim was a salt miner. At home, the passionless miner couldn't satisfy the sexual needs of his hot wife and was relentlessly teased for that by his vile co-workers (Hal Hopper & Doc Scott). 

The wayward Lorna violently gets her comeuppance for her adultery, as her hubby gets revenge on her and her lover by fatally attacking them. To a lesser violent degree, Jim took care of his co-workers.

The most enjoyable parts of this trashy exploitation skin flick are the nude scenes and Lorna'a appealing big titties.

REVIEWED ON 7/26/2015       GRADE: B-

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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