Monday, June 13, 2011

Ginger (1971)

Director: Don Schain

Starring: Cheri Caffaro, Duane Tucker, Herbert Kerr, Calvin Culver, David Ross, Michele Norris

More info: IMDb

Tagline: She's sinful ... she's provocative ... she's super spy "Ginger."

Plot: The police suspect that a drug and forced-prostitution ring is behind the recent spate of kidnappings and disappearances, but so far they've been unable to infiltrate the suspects gang. To break the case, they recruit Ginger, a young woman from an upper-class family to act as bait for the kidnappers and hopefully lead the police to their hideout. It may sound like a foolproof plan to the police, but Ginger's the one who has to risk it all.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope but the two sequels are calling.

#9 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Here's yet another no-budget picture that suffers from TFL - TOO FUCKING LONG! It's one thing to sit through ineptitude for 70 minutes but it's another to go another 30. That's only part of the problem. You could easily trim a half hour out and edit the long pauses between dialogue and you'd have something resembling a reasonable time waster.

Here's the emotional range of Ginger (Cheri Caffaro):

And here's the villain!

The acting across the board is bad BUT it's so bad it's good. I loved it. Oh, it was laughably horrible. The music (what little there was) was groovy and there's plenty of nudity (my guess is Caffaro never took the girls out in the sun a day in her life). It's always a problem when you've got no coverage shot and long takes where they probably didn't have enough film for a second one.

I would say this is ripe for getting your pals together and some beers but IT'S AN HOUR AND FORTY MINUTES LONG! By the time you get halfway through you're so ready for something else. And the kicker is, they made two sequels to this thing! For all it's faults, I did kinda like it enough to at least see what the next one is like. I must really hate myself.

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