The Naked Kiss

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Not altogether the best of Fuller, despite an electrifying opening sequence in which a statuesque blonde (Towers) advances on her pimp, flailing out with her handbag as he staggers drunkenly until her wig falls off, revealing her to be totally bald. Subsequently seeking fresh fields in a small American town where vice is kept carefully screened behind locked doors, she instead becomes ministering angel in a children's orthopaedic hospital. It takes a little swallowing, but Fuller's grasp of character and milieu is so sure that the film gradually imposes itself as a scathing exposé of hypocrisy, unforgettable for the sharp savagery of scenes like the one in which Towers calmly marches into the local bordello and stuffs the madam's mouth full of dollar bills as retribution for trying to corrupt an innocent.

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Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Samuel Fuller
Screenwriter: Samuel Fuller
Cast: Constance Towers
Anthony Eisley
Michael Dante
Virginia Grey
Patsy Kelly
Betty Bronson
Marie Devereux
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