A Scream in the Streets (1973) from Tuna

This is a Harry Novak film with a crime/cops theme, featuring Sharon Kelly, and several other porn actresses that I could not identify. Think Adam 12 meets Skinemax.  

Two plain clothes detectives, recently partnered, are on the trail of a serial killer who prays on beautiful young women. Along the way, they stop a spanking freak  from abusing a massage girl, chase a peeping tom, and arrest an armed robber, only to have him released the next morning on bail. Most of the mail characters have sex with a well endowed woman, and two women in the "bored housewives club" do each other as the peeper watches.


  medium-core porn. see commentary

DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen letterbox, 1.85:1

  • no features

Tons of nudity from everyone, including Sharon Kelly, who plays the police dispatcher, and has a long sex scene with a patrolman. Like Novak's other work, there is plenty of full-frontal, both male and female, and the sex scenes maintain heat and do not become boring or repetitive. I do miss the humor of some of his themes, such as dumb hillbilly, but the sex and exposure is up to his usual standards.

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The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.6 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+. Genre classic.

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