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The Sinister Urge (1960)





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A series of pornography-related murders has Lt. Carson (Kenne Duncan) frustrated, not only because the killer remains at large but also because the smut peddlers are distributing their disgusting products to high school kids at ice cream shops. They raid illicit photography studios, but it's not enough; Gloria Henderson (Jean Fontaine) runs the racket from a comfortable distance, and she's funded by "the syndicate." With a steady stream of naive hopefuls arriving in Hollywood with stars in their eyes, casting is no problem and the desperate, shamed girls aren't quick to blow the whistle. The director of these dirty films, Johnny Ryde (Carl Anthony), warns Gloria that her henchman Dirk Williams (Dino Fantini) is seriously unhinged. He's the one responsible for all the sex crimes, which he commits after long, loving exposure to their pornographic pictures. Eventually Dirk gets sloppy and the cops find his fingerprints on some very sleazy evidence, which leads Gloria's mobster backers to demand his execution. The whole dirty scheme goes awry, though, and the police are finally able to purge the community of the smut gang.more
Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Kenne Duncan
as Lt. Matt Carson
Duke Moore
as Sgt. Randy Stone
Jean Fontaine
as Gloria Henderson
Carl Anthony
as Johnny Ryde
Dino Fantini
as Dirk Williams
Reed Howes
as Police Inspector
Harvey B. Dunn
as Mr. Romaine
Kenneth Willardson
as Theatrical Agent
Vic McGee
as Syndicate Man
Judy Berares
as Frances
Vonnie Starr
as Secretary
Fred Mason
as Policeman
Jean Baree
as Policeman
Clayton Peca
as Policeman
James Moore
as Sgt. Randy Stone
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Critic Reviews for The Sinister Urge

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Ed Wood-o-manes will probably get their kicks from this 1961 exploitationer.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An amusing film for those who prefer bad films over good ones.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
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Audience Reviews for The Sinister Urge


Only Wood's worst movie because the story is horrible. If you watch this, you will see how great his other films were. It's also on Mystery Science Theater, so I recommend going that route.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Doesn't even work as an inadvertent comedy.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


A total mess of a film by the infamous Ed Wood involving an (inferred to be) illegal porn ring and the tough matron the runs it. Funny, because I am sure its the exact same as it goes on now how the treat (buy) the girls, though now its all fine and legal. Ties to the drug trade and other illicit trades are explored as well. One of the producers becomes a killer(?) because of his porn obsession. Robot friends, once again.


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