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"FILM NOIR HAD AN INEVITABLE TRAJECTORY…
THE ECCENTRIC & OFTEN GUTSY STYLE OF FILM NOIR HAD NO WHERE ELSE TO GO… BUT TO REACH FOR EVEN MORE OFF-BEAT, DEVIANT– ENDLESSLY RISKY & TABOO ORIENTED SET OF NARRATIVES FOUND IN THE SUBVERSIVE AND EXPLOITATIVE CULT FILMS OF THE MID TO LATE 50s through the 60s and into the early 70s!"
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A day in the life of Times Square street walker Shelly (Victoria Astor). It's Hooker Noir. We have our PI's our Femme Fatales, our washed up boxers, our amnesia victims, our falsely accused, our hitch-hikers, our small time losers looking to score one last dream, and now we have a lady of the evening as the subject of our tale. It's a clever realistic angle for a quasi sexploitation flick shot on the gritty streets of Manhattan. This diamond in the rough curiously delivers.  Astor is great, there are none of the usual clichés, she's just a working girl selling her ass for $25 a trick where Broadway and 7th intersect. It's also another great time capsule to the tawdry side of Times Square circa 1965.

Directed by Barry Mahon who (believe it or not) was a distinguished fighter pilot during WWII. He was shot down and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III where Mahon worked on the same escape tunnels made famous by the movie The Great Escape (1963). It has been said that the part of Steve McQueen in that film was partially based upon Mahon. He's mainly known for producing a number of Errol Flynn and Gina Lollobrigida pictures Crossed Swords (1954), Cuban Rebel Girls (1959), as well as a considerable amount of children's programs and for the most part quickie, mostly bad sexploitation features.

As Mahon is quoted (explaining his style of low-budget filmmaking), "We have not aimed for the single picture that is going to make us rich. We are looking for the business that's like turning out Ford cars or anything else. If there is a certain profit per picture and we make so many pictures, then we have established a business that is on a basis that's economical." Luckily for us a few of these hit on all cylinders.

There are curiously no writing credits on the film proper, though a script girl is listed. The film consists of a series of realistic encounters that a hooker might have on her typical day. It's possible that it's just a rough sketch gleamed from interviews with actual prostitutes, who knows. The cinematography is by Joseph Mangine (The Lords of Flatbush (1974), The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)) and the effectively cheap sleazy jazz score is by Al Klap.


Shelly in Times Square

The film stars Victoria Astor (Some Like It Violent (1968)) as Shelly, Charles Howard, John Connant as the lawyer Mr. Stone, Phil Fitzpatrick as the College boy, Michael Garlock as the Weirdo, Allen Joseph (Naked City TV Series (1958–1963), The Fugitive TV Series (1963–1967), Eraserhead (1977), Raging Bull (1980)) as the Priest, Scott Lehman as the Police lieutenant and Dixie Van Cortlandt (as possibly the rival prostitute).


Shelly (Victoria Astor)


phone call from her sleazy lawyer


as long as I got this body nobody's gonna take care of me but me

The film starts with a shot of  a voluptuously pneumatic sleeping blonde. Shelly. She lives in her 9th Avenue Hotel flop with her pet parakeet Orpheus. A room with a view of a brick air shaft.

Shelly: (with a New York accent in a voice over narration) There is no rest for the wicked, I guess I'm pretty lucky to get any sleep at all. I'm a hooker, a prostitute and when I finish my nightly rounds the sun is usually coming up. Between then and when my phone starts to ring is the only chance I have to get any rest. Why did I turn pro? Because my husband, the only man that I ever loved, is in prison. Lawyers don't come cheap, and I've been trying to get him out.

Her day starts with a call from her lawyer who wants money for his work on her husband Mike's case and a second call from her son's foster mother who also wants money.

Lawyer Stone arrives at her flop and gets his payment. He also wants Shelly, he tells her that his wife is like ice and what can he do. Shelly tells him that he can take off his clothes she has an appointment at the beauty parlor. Stone tells Shelly that if she wants Mike out that she'd better cooperate.


Shelly's sleazy lawyer, she's not enjoying this, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do

After a stop at the beauty parlor she begins to walk the streets in her trenchcoat. Her first trick of the night is from a Japanese tourist who wants to photograph her.



Her next john is a guy who is procuring her for his wife who is interested in a lesbian affair, he looks like a hip ex beatnick. The wife showers with Shelly but backs out. Shelly gets her cold cash.

First Trick




Japanese Tourist who wants to take photographs



Second Trick


The Weirdo (Michael Garlock) getting Shelly for his wife


to the shower


wifey not cooperating

Back out on the street again she gets some competition from a rival in a leopard skin coat as she's negotiating with her next john. The john isn't into two girls so he goes with Shelly back to her flop. The john, when he removes his scarf, turns out to be a priest. The priest wants to minister to her, try to get her to change her ways. She tells him basically that it's your $25 and you can do whatever you want with it. When he asks her why she does it she tells him that she's got a husband in prison and needs about $2,000 a month.

Priest: You could work in some legitimate undertaking.
Shelly: Where else am I going to make $2,000 a month?
Priest: What about the moral issue?
Shelly: Moral issue!, ever since I've been fourteen somebody's been trying to get into my pants. What's the difference? Some guy I meet on the street like you or some guy I meet at a cocktail party? And because he passes me the hor'dourves thinks he can come up here for nothing.

Third Trick




"That will be $25"


WTF?


a Priest! (Allen Joseph) the only cast member who had a career


"ever since I've been fourteen somebody's been trying to get into my pants."

Shelly gives the priest his money back and tells him to use it on a more likely subject. Her next trick is a virgin college frat boy who doesn't have the $25. He tells her he only has $15. She tells him that he looks like an honest guy, takes some pity on him and brings him up to her flop. The kid is all flustered and anxious, and Shelly at first laughs. He asks if she's laughing at him, and she says no she's laughing because she's never had a virgin. She calms him down and eases his apprehensions.

Continued.....

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 03:57:43 PM »

Continuing....


Fourth Trick


Frat Boys


Shelly on the job. Twenty-five? I only got fifteen dollars....



Her next trick tells her he's got a problem, he wants her to go to an orgy with him. He tells her that only girlfriends and wives are allowed. His own girlfriend won't go with him and he can't go stag. The following orgy scene is the only real sexploitation sequence in the entire film. Shelly leaves early and is back out on the streets.

Fifth Trick


"I've got a problem...."


Orgy sequence


Shelly: You don't need me I'm leaving

Her final serene voice over is about how life will be kind and the thousands of guys will eventually be just a faded memory, and that one day the numbness will depart and she could feel love again.

Times Square Noirsville (circa 1965)






In profile an incredibly pneumatic Shelly














Majestic Dancing (a taxi dance ballroom)

Victoria Astor's matter of fact humanizing portrayal of Shelly is what makes this flick so interesting, hooking is her job and she goes about it quite methodically and with no stigmas attached. She turns down offers of pills and weed, she is serious about her business and keeps her wits about her in all situations. It's quite a different take. The usual Hollywood treatment in most films dealing with hookers is to burlesque the role with the usual clichés (i.e. the hooker with the heart of gold, the cinderella hooker that meets her prince charming), make them the butt of eye-rolling jokes, or kill them off violently as plot points.



Hot Skin And Cold Cash fits an aspect of the original French definition of Film Noir "the content contains murder or suicide and the other social taboos that are a mainstay of the film noirs." As far as the sexploitation aspect, it's more Titillation & Assignation than actual T&A. One good rule of thumb to keep in mind when reading the reviews of films labeled exploitation/sexploitation; if the sexploitation reviewer rates the film low it's not because it's a bad film it's usually because he/she thinks there is not enough skin/sex shown on the screen. These are the films that may be lost Film Noir, films that went beyond the cultural taboos of the time they were made, (hence their label as exploitation) but now in our current time and, looking back with noir shaded glasses, would be labeled say PG13 or R. Of course being independent and low budget with mostly amateurish actors they aren't going to resemble the Hollywood product but they are still going to entertain despite some excessiveness.

Again, what makes these low budget films worthwhile, to quote V. Vale & Andrea Juno in Incredibly Strange Films, is the "unfettered creativity. Often the films are eccentric-even extreme-presentations by individuals freely expressing their imaginations..." To quote Picasso "Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."

Screencaps are from the Something Weird Video DVDr 6.5/10

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 05:03:52 PM »

Dude, you watch some mighty strange pictures.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 08:49:17 PM »

Dude, you watch some mighty strange pictures.  Wink
Nice screen caps.

Yep strange is where Noir goes as it morphs into Neo Noir.  Azn

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 10:57:30 PM »

I just did a Google search for this movie: It has no Wikipedia page. Its IMDB page gives it a rating of 5.4/10; a total of 31 people have rated it. This babe Victoria Astor, on her IMDB page, has 2 film credits (this movie plus one short) and no pictures. Google her name virtually nothing comes up. This girl doesn't seem to exist.
This movie does have a TCM page (with zero info)
there does not seem to be a single pic of this babe online - except the movie poster.

In other words, neither this movie nor this babe exist, except in CJ's imagination  Wink

With CJ, you have to knock at least two points off every noir rating. So if he gives this a 6.5/10, that means it's less than a 5/10. In other words, I'll enjoy reading his review – which are always spectacular, good movie or bad – and won't waste my time with the movie  Smiley

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I just did a Google search for this movie: It has no Wikipedia page. Its IMDB page gives it a rating of 5.4/10; a total of 31 people have rated it. This babe Victoria Astor, on her IMDB page, has 2 film credits (this movie plus one short) and no pictures. Google her name virtually nothing comes up. This girl doesn't seem to exist.
This movie does have a TCM page (with zero info)
there does not seem to be a single pic of this babe online - except the movie poster.

In other words, neither this movie nor this babe exist, except in CJ's imagination  Wink

With CJ, you have to knock at least two points off every noir rating. So if he gives this a 6.5/10, that means it's less than a 5/10. In other words, I'll enjoy reading his review – which are always spectacular, good movie or bad – and won't waste my time with the movie  Smiley

When you say stuff like this "Its IMDB page gives it a rating of 5.4/10; a total of 31 people have rated it." You have to understand it's being rated by mostly Sexploitation "connoisseurs" for it's amount of skin exposure, that's what they watch these films for, get it? That's a good thing in my opinion.

What do you expect Oscar worthy-ness?,  Grin it's a low budget cheapo, that's well done for what it is.

Here are the two IMDb users who actually took the time to write reviews:

Unsung heroine makes this a winner
Author: lor_ from New York, New York
30 November 2010

The unknown heroine of HOT SKIN AND COLD CASH performs in such a believable, matter-of-fact manner that elevates this tale of a NYC hooker into a satisfying, even moving motion picture. It's a jewel one wouldn't expect to find among Barry Mahon's assembly-line porn offerings.

The buxom blonde that Something Weird identifies as Victoria Astor (but who is definitely not the Cherie Winters IMDb tags with that pseudonym) portrays Shelly, working at $20 a pop in the Times Square area, desperate to earn money to help get her husband out of jail and send support for the care of her son. But this is no sentimental sob story -she is a tough cookie and the viewer gets to sympathize with her plight in a realistic manner. Like Alain Delon in the loner classic LE SAMOURAI, her only friend is her pet parakeet, named Orpheus.

The cool jazz score sets a proper after hours mood, as she waits for customers on Manhattan street corners. It's circa 1967, as theater marquees for HURRAY SUNDOWN and Elvis in EASY COME, EASY GO indicate (actually both titles fit the action!).

A sleazy lawyer arrives, who's supposed to be going to bat for her jailed husband, but we know he's just taking her money. To top it off, he tries to demand sex from her too. Even her hairdresser Jerry tries to put the make on her.

Her customer is a Japanese shutterbug named Yoshi, with a strange incident when another girl is already in his hotel room waiting -she's been sent to service him by a prospective business client. The other girl Margaret is a high-priced call girl, earning $200 a pop, but our heroine is steadfast in sticking to her old street-walking act. Yoshi sends Margaret packing, and enjoys himself by posing Shelly in sexy lingerie for photos.

Her next John brings her home for a threesome with his wife. Though sexy wifey suggested this arrangement in the first place, she gets cold feet and nothing comes of it, other than some embarrassing ham acting by the guy.

Shelly suffers through a boring lecture from her next client, who turns out to be a priest intent on saving her soul and not interested in sex. She gives the irritating guy his money back and is utterly convincing in her verbal defense of her lifestyle A couple of frat boys put up their new pledge to hiring her to pop his cherry, and he even talks her price down to $15. This sequence is well-acted but ultimately too tasteful -after all this is a Mahon porn film!

Climactic sequence has a suspicious looking guy hiring Shelly as an escort for a wild party, where stags aren't permitted. The film's most lowdown sexploitation footage occurs here, but it's fairly timid.

Film leaves her pounding the pavements, with a very believable voice-over detailing the lonely existence. Kudos to the unsung leading lady, who could teach a thousand Hollywood actresses a thing or two about how to underplay the "hooker with a heart of gold" role.


The Lead Makes This Film
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
8 January 2017
Hot Skin, Cold Cash (1965)

*** (out of 4)

A woman (Victoria Astor) who has lost custody of her child and has a husband in prison must resort to working as a prostitute so that she can pay a lawyer to try and get him out from behind bars.

HOT SKIN, COLD CASH is another exploitation movie from director Barry Mahon and I'm going to go out and say that it's his best picture. Well, it's the best picture I've seen from him out of the two dozen or so that I've watched. The story itself is pretty routine as we're introduced to the prostitute and then we see her out on the street picking up men. From here we go back to the bedroom to see the encounter.

There's obviously nothing ground-breaking about the story but what makes this film so wonderful is the lead performance by Astor. I'm really not sure if that's her real name or not and it's really too bad that she's only got two credits listed on IMDb (both by Mahon). I really thought she was excellent in the role. Not only was she downright beautiful but she just had a certain quality on the screen that just had you fall for her. She's certainly the greatest thing about this picture but it's too bad there's not more films out there with her.

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 10:35:32 AM »

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Yeah, those kind of movies, don't I know them.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 10:39:04 AM »

1965? Definitively  1967 ( in the cinemas they have You Only Live Twice and A Guide for the Married Man).  And then $25 makes sense : but the $200 asked by the other hooker to the assistant manager? And then the lawyer with all the sleazy tattooes? Ahah. And the prostitute ardently kissing the clients? Yeah, sure. A noir? Ridiculous. Neo-noir? Ditto.  But I give this 8/10 because the female zoo is first class, especially Astor. To be watched with audio turned off and ff button pressed.

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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 10:44:13 AM »

This babe Victoria Astor, on her IMDB page, has 2 film credits (this movie plus one short) and no pictures. Google her name virtually nothing comes up. This girl doesn't seem to exist.

I'd bet her name is bogus.

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there does not seem to be a single pic of this babe online - except the movie poster.

Which is a pity. But I'd bet her real profession was the one of the movie.


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No, what don't exist are his neo-noir movies.

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2017, 11:17:42 AM »

1965? Definitively  1967 ( in the cinemas they have You Only Live Twice and A Guide for the Married Man).  And then $25 makes sense : but the $200 asked by the other hooker to the assistant manager? And then the lawyer with all the sleazy tattooes? Ahah. And the prostitute ardently kissing the clients? Yeah, sure. A noir? Ridiculous. Neo-noir? Ditto.  But I give this 8/10 because the female zoo is first class, especially Astor. To be watched with audio turned off and ff button pressed.

Yea I saw that but some of these films were filmed over a number of years, they may have started in 1965, you shouldn't have given the Incredibly Strange Films book away, they mention the way these outfits operated. lol Not sure why IMDb and SWV lists it as 1965.

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Missing out on some cheap sleazy jazz then, too bad, your loss.

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They sure as hell exist. Open your eyes Film Noir actually never went away it just went underground and morphed into Neo Noir.

In fact I'll go as far as saying that in it's original 1930s coinage "films noir" were indecent, immoral, sacrilegious, tending to incite to crime and corrupt morals, and add as the Motion Picture Production Code put it, “the sympathy of the film audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.”

Absolutely nothing you say is gonna change my opinion.  Evil




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Absolutely nothing you say is gonna change my opinion.  Evil

I know that, but I just want to help realize whoever may read you it's bs.


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Yea I saw that but some of these films were filmed over a number of years, they may have started in 1965, you shouldn't have given the Incredibly Strange Films book away, they mention the way these outfits operated. lol Not sure why IMDb and SWV lists it as 1965.




You're dreaming, man: this was shot in a week.

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2017, 01:07:31 PM »

I know that, but I just want to help realize whoever may read you it's bs.



Actually if they read me they'll realize that your closed opinion and acceptance of the usual same old same old dogma is the real BS.  Azn

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2017, 01:08:56 PM »

You're dreaming, man: this was shot in a week.

Maybe for sure but then why the fuck up? Another sexploitation technical point to think about is that if it was shot in 1967, it should have had full frontal.  Shocked

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