What can you say about a movie that died? Oh, that's not fair. Aroused (1966)
is not half-bad. And that's not true...it is half-bad but that means its also
half-good and so you wind up paying a price for some entertainment.
Story starts with a professional gal, played by Marlene Stevens, servicing a
client who acts as though he's out on a date. Treat a hooker like a lady, I
suppose. At her bedroom window is another fella who has a problem with
prostitutes...something about his mommy or some such nonsense. So what does the
poor lad do? He spends his free time peeping on them as they work their craft.
This is something like a vegetarian who hangs out at a steak restaurant watching
'em fry up some dead cow. Deranged guy kills off Marlene's character, after
which he ... uh, well ... has her do in death what she'd done so well in life.
End Scene 1.
Marlene's lesbian lover comes home, finds a guy hovering over the body of her
roomie and gets about this close to sticking a knife in him. A few side notes:
1) This gal is one strange lesbian because she will do a guy for fun later in
the movie; 2) The actress playing her is credited as Djanine Lenon, but IMDb
says her real name is Janine Lenon...but this is the only movie she ever did,
according to them, so how did they know what her real name was? And since it
was the only movie for which she was credited, why not use the name in that one,
lonely endeavor? 3) The guy she almost knifes plays a cop who is as big a
fuck-up as John Travolta's character in Pulp Fiction. Not that he blows the
head off some guy named Marvin ... no he does things that are way worse. First
he sets up another hooker as bait without providing her with adequate
protection. That woman, played by the gorgeous Fleurette Carter, bites the
dust. Then he screws the hooker played by Djanine after he's sent his wife home
with a guy he barely knows and who, as it turns out, is the deranged prostitute
killer. In The Big Apple you do not send a gal home with anyone who is not
related to you or her.
Not to worry. The young wife (played by Joanna Mills) survives, then a host of
working women get their revenge by removing the bad guy's offending masculinity.
Yikes! A suppose if a guy's gonna eat fried chicken, he's a-gonna get greasy.
What about the nekkidness?
You see Marlene topless in bed, topless in the mirror of her bathroom (no, Doris
Wishman did not make this movie) and finally in a triple-B shower performance.
The third, furry B is unintentional and occurs in only a frame or two. Marlene was a real cutie
who shoulda done about two dozen more movies.
Djanine is topless in a post-coital scene. Her expression changes as she
realizes her cop-lover is a dumbshit. Djanine was also more than sorta
attractive ... reminds of me a 70's actress whose name I cannot remember. She,
too, should have had a very long career.
Joanna Mills, who plays the wife, gives up some bum and exactly three frames of
one nip. Joanna did make several more movies and did a couple
of guest shots on TV. It seems from Aroused and The Love Merchant that she preferred to give up very
little on camera.
And then there is Fleurette Carter. Her topless and bloodied body makes an
So there you have it. No one I know would watch this puppy more than once but
lots of people I know would find it worth 75 minutes on a cold night when the
cable was down and the streets were frozen over.