directed by Lee Sholem
USA 1959

 

A woman who appears to be ill shows up in a small town and is taken in by the residents. She winds up pitting a pair of brothers against each other, having an affair with one on the day of his marriage and trying to seduce the other one as well.

In an area of the Louisiana Bayou known as The Pit, Jacques Guillot and his younger brother Pierre run a fish, fur and moss business from their house along the river. On the day of Pierre's marriage to Lily, a sweet young woman with whom Jacques has been in love, the brothers argue because Jacques refuses to attend the wedding. While the ceremony is taking place, Jacques and his hired man Cab gather moss up river. There Callie, an old Bayou woman, summons them to the unconscious body of a young woman she has found near the river. When she comes to, the woman, who is wearing an expensive blouse embroidered with the initials "M L," reveals that her first name is Minette but refuses to tell Jacques her last name. When she notices that her rings are gone, Minette accuses Jacques of stealing them, but he assures her that he is no thief. Jacques and Cab then take Minette to Doc. J. B. Opie, who, like other wedding guests, is teasing Lily and Pierre at the door of their new home.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 1959 (USA)

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DVD Review: Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Alpha

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:24:15
Video

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Trailer for Samuel Z. Arkoff documentary (3:51)
• bonus strip tease shorts (15:46)

DVD Release Date: April 28th, 2009
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Chapters 6

 

Comments

A trashy melodrama set and shot in the Bayou State, Louisiana Hussy is not a lost classic worth rediscovering, but is a nice time-waster with an un-noir finale. Alpha disc is so far the only pressed DVD of this film and even features 2009 Alpha Home Entertainment copyright. (It was released on VHS by Englewood Entertainment in Wade Williams Collection). The unrestored full screen image looks decent by Alpha standards - most of the time you can see what's going on on the screen and shows off beautiful Louisiana locale.

 

It's not up to the standards to even Warner Archives video masters, but for a low price it's decent enough to indulge. It looks like it's presented in OAR or open matte since there is some minor pictureboxing. The sound is decent, but also un-restored. Alpha was kind enough to present us with a 15 minutes of striptease loops from 1950's-1960's as an extra.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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