Common Law Cabin (1967)

Genres - Comedy, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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One of Russ Meyer's lesser efforts, Common Law Cabin is nonetheless scintillating entertainment delivered in his usual taut, energetic style. Jack Moran is the proprietor of Hoople's Haven, a broken-down tourist trap on the Colorado River. He ekes out a living with the help of his French ex-stripper companion (Barbette Bardot) and is consumed with guilt over his lust for his teenage daughter (Adele Rein), who bears an uncanny resemblance to her late mother. Drunken boatman Cracker (Franklin Bolger) brings the latest group of "suckers" to the remote resort: an uptight, bespectacled doctor with a bad heart (John Furlong (here a dead ringer for George C. Scott), his roving wife (Alaina Capri), and a mysterious stranger (Ken Swofford) with eyes for all the women and for Hoople's business. After he bribes Cracker with money and bourbon to scram with the boat, the group is stranded; drinks are consumed and Meyer's special brand of hell is let loose. Meyer's standard characters are in evidence, including an innocent nubile bursting with unexplored sexuality, and married couples at war with their unequal libidos. There are attempted rapes, a few murders, and plenty of excuses for the busty women to dance along with the swinging surf rock sound. Unfortunately, there are a lot of loose ends that the story never adequately wraps up, and despite some sparkling dialogue and a collection of Meyer's most bodacious bosoms, Common Law Cabin remains in the second tier of the director's canon.



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Low Artistic Quality