The last two Films are shot in the Film Noir style but The Pick-Up would have benefited with just a tad bit of restraint. It just crosses over the line in a few sequences lingering on female nudity going into, for me, what I would consider definite exploitation. I wouldn't cut any shots but I didn't need to see that much repetition, a few seconds for each shot would have been sufficient and also would have left a bit to the imagination, the best of both worlds. You could say it went over the speed limit of the prevailing Zeitgiest. Noir for the most part sort of went underground. The mainstream culture wouldn't catch up to some taboo subjects for 20 or 30 years.
If you overlook those small excesses in The Pick-Up you will discover one of the last great gritty Black & White Transitional Noir's.
|Frankie lt. , Tony rt.|
|The Lido and The Stardust|
|The Golden Nugget "like daylight"|
|Dana (Lois Ursone) lt. and Marcia (Lynn Harris) rt.|
|Flagging the boys down.|
|Let me look (Tony)|
|Come on Tony let's say we had car trouble.|
|Hot Sheet Motel where Tony and Dana pair-off to one cabin while Frankie and Marcia go to another..|
|getting it on|
|Marcia ready for Frankie|
|Getting it on|
Frame showing the Danish subtitles a small quibble since it the only print left in existence of the gem.
|What could go wrong?|
|The dash with the cash|
|Pedal to the metal|
|Casino Boss Charlie reflected in a mirror|
Charlie keeps getting coitus interrupted by phone calls from Sal who is wondering what happened to his delivery which is now eight hours late.
|Mob Boss Sal and his fascination with plants|
Tony and Frankie spot Dana and Marcia driving on the highway and get the pilot of the plane to land at the nearest airport up ahead of them in the direction of LA so that they can rent a car and intercept the women. They spot Dana and Marcia and follow them into LA where they break into their apartment and capture them. Frankie checks the car and doesn't find the money. Tony splits the girls up questioning one at a time the stories don't match. So Tony now hog ties Dana and Marcia and whips their backsides with his belt handing it off to Frankie when he get's tired.
When all that results from the whipping is that the gals pass out, Tony separates them again having Frankie take Marcia upstairs while he tapes two electrical wires to Dana's nipples, a few sparks later she spills the beans that is was Sal that set them up.
|Now That's Smoking!|
Noir styled cinematography crops up throughout with Dutch angles, chiaroscuro lighting, shadows, high and low angles.
The DVD is available from Something Weird Video 8/10