Directed and written by John Parker (uncredited).
Produced by John Parker, Ben Roseman, and Bruno Ve Sota. The cinematography by was by William C. Thompson. Music by George Antheil an avant-garde composer, and Shorty Rogers and his jazz band the Giants in the nightclub sequence.
The film stars Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota as Bruno Ve Sota (The Long Wait (1954), Female Jungle (1956), Night Tide (1961)), Richard Barron (Union Station (1950), The Hoodlum (1951)), Lucille Rowland, Ben Roseman (Night Tide (1961)), Angelo Rossitto (Freaks (1932), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)) and filmed in Venice, California in 1953.
The original production had no dialog. It used music and sound effects. The avant-garde score featured soprano Marni Nixon (who provided voice dubs for actresses in many Hollywood productions).
Night. Venice, California. A neighborhood in Noirsville section of town. A flea bag residence hotel. A flop. A young woman on a bed. She awakes, looks in the mirror. She grabs a stiletto knife. Heads downstairs and out into the shadows.
She meets a dwarf selling newspapers. Headline "Mysterious Stabbing," She continues on. Alleyways. She gets accosted by a wino. A police cruiser stops. The wino is beaten down by a policeman.
She walks on. A pimp propositions her. She accepts. She becomes the escort of a rotund rich man, getting into the fat cat's chauffeured limo.
|Bruno Ve Sota|
|Twilight Zone-ish flashback|
|Lucille Rowland (the Mother)|
|Ben Roseman (the Father)|
|Money for sex|
Turning a corner the pimp from earlier grabs her and drags her into a cellar jazz club. The club sequence is somewhat reminiscent of the frenzied basement jazz jam sequence in The Phantom Lady (1944). The jazz band and it's appreciative crowd is equated with a wild, bohemian, let it all hang out, doped up, irresponsible hedonism. The woman is transformed into a torch singer, but soon policemen appear. At a barred window the the dead fat cat points at her with is bloody stump. The crowd manically laughs as they closing in around her .
|A hand going up a skirt|
The woman awakens in her flop. Was it all a nightmare? She opens her dresser drawer and finds the severed hand clutching her pendant. The POV back out through the window. A shriek. Then blackness.
The roots of these types of films can be traced back to Un Chien Andalou (1929).
The film is an entertaining prelude of the supernatural, thriller, experimental, noir-ish explosion to come i.e., Vertigo (1958), The Savage Eye (1960) Carnival Of Souls (1962) The Glass Cage (1964), and Seconds (1966), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962), The Twilight Zone (1959–1964), and One Step Beyond (1959–1961).
Screencaps are from a Youtube streamer. 7/10