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The Sinister Urge
Hellborn / The Young and the Immoral

USA 1961
produced by
Ed Wood, Roy Reed (executive) for Headliner Productions
directed by Ed Wood
starring Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine, Carl Anthony, Dino Fantini, Jeanne Willardson, Harry Keaton, Harvey B.Dunn, Reed Howes, Fred Mason, Conrad Brooks, Judy Berares, Clayton Peca, Kathy Randall, Toni Costello, April Lynn, Sylvia Marenco, Vic McGee, Nick Raymond, Ed Wood
written by Ed Wood

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It all starts with a woman being chased down a street, wearing only a skirt and bra - perfectly tame by today's standards, but this was 1961 ... Eventually, her pursuer catches up with her and kills her, after which our heroes are introduced , Lt. Carson (Kenne Duncan) and Sgt Stone (Duke Moore), the two cops working on the case. Soon - but rather inexplicably - they come to the conclusion that a smut picture racket must be somehow behind it all, because "show me a crime and I show you a dirty picture that caused it" ...

Of course our cop heroes are right, Gloria Henderson (Jean Fontaine), the head of a smut picture racket, has hired a sex maniac, Dirk Williams (Dino Fantini), to kill some of her girls who know too much about her organisation for her. The cops even know about Gloria's organisation, but have no concrete evidence against her, so be content with arresting some small fry from her racket every now and again, and make a few friendly visits to Gloria's various outlets and studios just to remind her that they are sttill here.

The tide is only turned when Dirk the Maniac gets out of control and decides to do a killing without Gloria telling him to ... and wouldn't you know it, this time he's uncautious and leaves behind a perfect set of fingerprints.

Soon enough the cops have figured out his identity, problem is they don't know how to catch them - so they do the only sensible thing: Put  a man in woman's cloths and send him to Dirk's favourite park as bait ... and Dirk really seems to swallow the bait, and in the end, it's only Johnny Ryde (Carl Anthony), Gloria's right hand man and director, who saves Dirk's hide ...

But Gloria has meanwhile received 2 visitors (Vic McGee, Nick Raymond) from the syndicate behind her racket, who want Dirk offed - so she and Johnny make up a plan to send him out of town in a car with sabotaged brakes ... and it almost works too, since Dirk's car crashes, only Dirk has managed to bail out, bearing quite a bit of a grudge against Gloria and Johnny both.

But Gloria and Johnny are meanwhile at each other's throats about how to run the racket, when suddenly Dirk shows up and kills Johnny, and Gloria shoots Dirk, but thinks it was Johnny and wants to blame everything on Dirk ... it's only when the police she herself has called arrives and she notices the extra body that she knows she is in a bit of a jam.

 

A story that seems to not go anywhere in particular, characters rambling on endlessly about things only remotely connected to the film and breaking out into preaching every now and again, with a few good oneliners thrown in ("Pornography - an ugly word for a dirty business !"), a bunch of wooden actors that lack proper directorial guidance, a scene lifted from another (unfinished) film (Ed Wood's Rock and Roll Hell), a bit of sleaze (there are even a few moments of topless nudity in this one) and a cop dressed in drag - yup, you are in an Ed Wood film, in fact the only one he directed in the 1960's, and one of his more obscure titles (thanks to the lack of real stars). But even if all of the above sounds appealing, don't expect too much from this one, for some reason it's one of Wood's least entertaining pictures, maybe because it's too straightforward and leaves to little room for Wood's predilection for crossdressing and pulp clichés alike.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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