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The Sinister Urge (1960)





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In this film, future porno filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr. rips the cover off the insidious "smut" racket. Three plumpish dirty-movie models are found murdered. Detectives Kenneth Duncan and Duke Moore set out to solve the killings and to bring the queen of the filthy-picture movie empire to justice.

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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
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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


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.


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
Aj V

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Not bad premise. (It's basically "L.A. Confidential" if you think about it.) But terrible, terrible execution--courtesy of Ed Wood Jr. Funny episode of MST3K.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

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