A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine? (1966) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine? (1966)

A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine?





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Sharon (Stacey Walker) is a tease, and the only way she can get her kicks is to play men like suckers. First it's Roy (Michael O'Kelly), who mistakenly goes too far during a hot makeout session in his auto. Sharon screams rape and Roy winds up in prison. Her roommate, Paula (Sharon Carr) can't believe that she's ready to go out with a new man a mere six weeks after being raped, but Sharon sneers, asking "What do you expect me to do, observe a year of mourning?" The new beau is a co-worker, Dick (Tom Hughes), a shy, stuttering mama's boy. Sharon flirts shamelessly with him, even inviting him into the bathroom while she bathes, and when he finally overcomes his nervousness and climbs on top of her, she again erupts with threats and outrage. Dick flees in shame, and is never heard from again. Even Paula is misled by the evil seductress, and her lesbian overtures are cruelly rebuffed ("I may be a bitch, but I'll never be a butch!"). Dick's vacant position is filled by Carter (Neville Coward), who is the next to squire Sharon around town. For a while she is sweet, and Carter accepts the fact that she won't go all the way. Unfortunately, he has been reading pornographic novels as an outlet for his lust, and the intense imagery is causing violent, erotic dreams that obsess him. A crazed outburst of pent-up sexual energy from Carter leads to Sharon meeting the source of her final comeuppance.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: David F. Friedman
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Michael Wright
as Mr. Gordon
Stacey Walker
as Sharon Winters
Neville Coward
as Lowell Carter
Tom Hughes
as Dick Owens
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"I may be a bitch, but I'll never be a butch! "

David F. Friedman, the producer king of 60s sexploitation sinema, is best-known for SHE-FREAK (a 60s remake of FREAKS) and this movie. I much prefer this one. It's interesting, well-made and doesn't disappoint.

Sharon Winters (Stacey Walker) is a virgin secretary who loves to tease men and entice them to bed with her. When they get close enough to having sex, she accuses them of rape and ruins their lives! In her spare time, she teases her lesbian roommate and when they finally almost get down 'n' dirty, Sharon throws her out! But Sharon meets her match in a nightclub singer who likes to rough up women.

The plot is simple and quick. How can it stretch into an 75-minute movie? There's lots of scenes of bathing, changing clothes, and elongated foreplay scenes that lead to coy nudity, but never sex. Stacey Walker is a fantastic actress who carries the movie on her own. She's pure bitchery and is quite sexy. It's just her hair that bothers me... She made only one other movie for Friedman (NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL), then returned home to her state of Texas and went back to high school (she had dropped out to make movies). No one knows where she is today, but she is sorely missed. Look quick for David F. Friedman playing the juror in the opening courtroom scenes. The musical score by el petra is great, basic garage band rock and roll that is complex in its simplicity. It certainly gives the film atmosphere and a soundtrack CD would be appreciated. Director Byron Mabe (who also directed SHE-FREAK) does a superb job handling the black-and-white cinematography and his editing during the foreplay scenes is wonderfully done.

A SMELL OF HONEY is the best introduction to 60s sexploitation sinema for anyone interested. Everyone should see at least one example of this type of movie to (if anything) compare to the pornography we have now. Something Weird Video is the only source for this on video and their print is rather scratchy and jumps at times.

Cassandra Maples

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