Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pornonomy Reviews: Memphis Cathouse Blues

Memphis Cathouse Blues (1982)

Directed by:
Louis Lewis

Annette Haven
Dorothy Lemay
K.C. Valentine
Kay Parker
Lisa De Leeuw
Rhonda Jo Petty
Billy Dee
Eric Stein
Hershel Savage
Joey Silvera
Jon Martin
Michael Morrison
Mike Horner

The Feline Farm, Memphis's oldest whorehouse, is in jeopardy of being shutdown by a fiery reverend. Madame Mavis (Haven) is racing against the clock to find a way to save her house.

In theory, there's room for a great deal of dramatic tension. In practice, the story is just a flimsy pretext to support a series of solid sex scenes, a third of which are flashbacks. Without exception, the scenes are well shot and well acted (the scene between Lemay, Valentine, Parker, Savage, and Martin, in particular, is an example of keeping in character throughout). It helps that the cast is great and everyone is at the top of their game.

A greater focus on the actual story would have bumped the final rating up by a half letter, but as it stands, Memphis Cathouse Blues is a solid B+.

1 comment:

  1. Couldn't agree with your assessment more. I might even lower it to a solid B just for not meeting its potential. The scene where Haven teaches the new girl is very memorable.