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(aka "3 Bad Sisters" )

 

directed by Gilbert Kay
USA 1956

 

The title tells a lie: It's actually two bad sisters. The middle sibling Lorna (played by Sara Shane) proves as virtuous as she is dull, compared to the psychotic (Valerie, played by Kathleen Hughes) and the nymphomaniac (Vicki, played by Marla English) with whom she shares a mansion and their dead father's millions. (Also in the mix is a boozed-up busybody of an aunt played by Madge Kennedy.)

The trouble, which has been brewing for three lifetimes, boils over when dad dies in a plane crash. The pilot (John Bromfield) claims to have tried to save him, but doubts abound. Valerie, sniffing an opportunity, schemes to have him brought into the family business and marry him off to Lorna, engaged to the estate's executor (Jess Barker). She hadn't reckoned on Vicki, who throws herself at Bromfield as though lust had just been put on the market in easy-to-swallow caplets (`I graduated magna cum laude from Embraceable U,' she coos at him).

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 1956 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:39
Video

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 7.37 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
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Comments

Three Bad Sisters is a trashy, exploitative fun that slightly borders film noir and it was a big hit at the recent film noir festival screening. MGM released the title on a MOD DVD in March in an open-matte transfer and while some long shots suffer from extra head room, the close-ups fare much better. The image is progressive and has very little damage. Overall, this is a decent transfer.

The sound is unremarkable mono and, per usual standard, there are no caption or subtitles. There is also nothing in terms of extras (one wonders how this film was promoted, although eye-opening posters give us an idea). A recommended release for the right price for all those lovers of trashy cinema, just don't expect high art.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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