Hot Blooded Woman (1965)

Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Crudely made but quite chaste sexploitation quickie takes the standard lowbrow approach to women's sexual needs (i.e., something to rein in and control rather than allow to flourish). Myrtle's husband is quickly forgiven for his infidelity (it occurred before they were married, so it didn't count, natch), but Myrtle is packed off to the loony bin because she simply had nowhere else to turn for affection in her loveless marriage. Her plunge off the deep end is clearly the stuff of '20s-era cautionary melodramas, but there's a grain of honesty regarding the inequalities between men and women amidst all the grindhouse fluff. Texas-based filmmaker Dale Berry's direction is stiff and stale, and is further worsened by the lack of sync sound (exposition is provided by a few bits of poorly looped dialogue or by a droning narrator). A few technical gaffes (including some wildly varying film speeds) provide some unintentional laughs, but for the most part, Hot Blooded Woman is a trying and decidedly cold experience. Beverly Oliver would gain further exposure around this same time for her questionable role as the "babushka woman," who was seen shooting home movies at the time of the Kennedy assassination. A nightclub singer (though some sources describe her as a stripper), she claimed to have met Lee Harvey Oswald through Jack Ruby, though none of her claims were ever confirmed. Hot Blooded Woman is part of a DVD double bill with Confessions of a Psycho Cat from Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video.