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Directed by Jerry Gross
USA 1966

 

Schlock producer Jerry Gross made his directorial debut with Girl on a Chain Gang (1966), a stirring feature about small town hate. William Watson, Julie Ange, and Ron Charles star in this shocker about three young people who are framed, arrested, and tossed into jail by corrupt Southern police. Gross, who produced everything from Blaxploitation films to features about teen pregnancy, exercised his social conscience in this drama about racist Southern cops. It was made the year after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, a subject Gross must've believed was worth exploiting into drive-in theater fare. True to his low budget roots, Gross filmed this one nowhere near the South, but in Long Island, New York!

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Three young people are framed, arrested and thrown in prison by corrupt Southern police.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1966

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Review: Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:01.654         
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,001,946,886 bytes

Feature: 25,733,117,952 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS Audio English 1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -31dB
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,001,946,886 bytes

Feature: 25,733,117,952 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Commentary with Jennifer Churchill
It's All in the Title; Exploiting Jerry Gross featurette (13:16)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 19th, 2022
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Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Film Detective Blu-ray (April 2021): Film Detective have transferred Jerry Gross's Girl on a Chain Gang to Blu-ray. It generally looks quite strong on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate. Contrast is well-layered and detail is pleasing in close-ups. There are vertical surface scratches that aren't overwhelming. The 1080P image is compromised for a couple of minutes around 1-hour 18-minutes into the film where is looks demonstratively waxy and soft. The tighter image returns and the presentation seems like a very decent representation of the available source. 

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On their Blu-ray, Film Detective use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language (and a lossy Dolby 2.0 channel track.) There is weakness in volume levels of certain dialogue - but this would be in-line with the original, imo. Girl on a Chain Gang has a few aggressive (gunshots) moments that fairly hollow and weak - as per the low budget production. The score is credited to Steve Karmen (Teenage Gang Debs, Teenage Mother, The Sexploiters, The Beautiful, the Bloody, and the Bare, Nudes on Tiger Reef etc.), with occasional conga drums - probably sounding as good as it can in the lossless transfer. Film Detective offer optional English or Spanish subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Film Detective Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Jennifer Churchill (author of Movies Are Magic.) She tells us that Girl on a Chain Gang is perfect for a late night double feature with a Gimlet or Sidecar (my type of gal.) She says she has heard of Girl on a Chain Gang labeled as a 'hicksploitation' flic - which may have some accuracy. She discusses Jerry Gross, oft-seen actor William Watson, exploitation films, the location - Long Island, New York representing a southern town called Carson's Landing. Her voice is very clear and she makes excellent points - nice to hear from her as we did on Film Detective's The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection Blu-ray - reviewed HERE. It's an enjoyable commentary track. I hope we hear more form her in the future. Also included is the 13-minute featurette It's All in the Title: Exploiting Jerry Gross directed by Daniel Griffith and narrated by Chris Poggiali. It chronicles the life of Jerry Gross who was not only an exploitation impresario and promoter but also distributed films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (although it was a slightly re-cut version.) Little is published about Gross so this featurette uncovers a lot including his later agoraphobia and dying in a skid-row hotel room at age 62. The package has a 14-page booklet with photos and an essay by Lisa Petrucci. There is also a certificate for 'Jury Service'. :)

Jerry Gross's Girl on a Chain Gang is exactly what you might expect. It's a bit cheesy but surprisingly tame in terms of graphic violence and nudity. The title is certainly misleading. It has some interesting black and white cinematography by George Zimmermann who didn't work long - and only in this genre. Like commentator Jennifer Churchill - I think there is some strange value in this that has been unnoticed these past 5+ decades. The film is often so exaggerated - it becomes, unintentionally funny. What.ever. I liked it and it's a keeper for me. I appreciate the Film Detective Blu-ray for uncovering Girl on a Chain Gang and adding the commentary, featurette on Jerry Gross plus the booklet. This is what physical media should be about - new film experiences with important supplements. Absolutely recommended to the right crowd.

Gary Tooze

 


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