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Common Law Wife / Jennie Wife-Child (1940)

Annabelle Weenick , Lacey Kelly , Eric Sayers , James Landis  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Annabelle Weenick, Lacey Kelly, Bert Masters, Libby Hall, Norman Smith
  • Directors: Eric Sayers, James Landis, Larry Buchanan, Robert Carl Cohen
  • Writers: Grace Nolan
  • Producers: Angelo Grici, Fred A. Kadane, James R. Enochs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Something Weird Video (SWV)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RGZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Common Law Wife / Jennie Wife-Child" on IMDb

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Common Law Wife (1940/ minutes) - Learn about man and wife, the backwoods way! Rich old coot Shugfoot Rainey wants to trade in his over-the-hill mistress, Linda, for his young niece, "Baby Doll" Jonelle, a pouty-faced stripper from New Orleans. But Linda'

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This terrific Something Weird DVD pairs the legendary exploitation classic Common Law Wife with the curious backwoods soaper/nudie-cutie Jennie: Wife/Child. Common Law Wife originated as Swamp Rose, a pastoral study of a "girl of the swamps" shot in 16mm color by low-budget Texas auteur Larry Buchanan (Naked Witch, Mars Needs Women, etc.) Exploitation entrepreneur Michael A. Ripps (Bayou/Poor White Trash, Macumba Love) edited some of Buchanan's film into newly-shot footage, creating a lurid, outrageous, hard-as-nails B&W exploitation gem. Nasty old Shugfoot Rainey throws darts William Tell-style at live-in companion Linda (Annabelle Weenick), informing her she's too old ("How much do you want to get out?") and that he's sent for his obnoxious stripper niece Jonelle (nicknamed "Baby Doll") to replace her. "Hell, that's incest!" shrieks Linda, storming off to the sheriff to check their legal status. Jonelle arrives from New Orleans, ostensibly to shack up with Shugfoot, but instead takes up with brother-in-law Jody, the town sheriff, with whom she'd had a "fling" after their graduation dance. (She struts down the street tempting the local males to the same brassy stock cues heard in Strange Rampage, Mundo Depravados, The Hellcats, and other `60s barrel-scrapers) It turns out that a motel stay years earlier makes Linda Shugfoot's common law wife so she confronts Rainey and Jonelle with her wedding band. Briefly returning to Buchanan's original footage, moonshiner Bull takes Jonelle for a speedboat ride deep into the bayou to see his still, then (back to Ripps's footage!) obvious doubles enact a chase through the swamp. Inexplicably teleported back to sister Brenda's house (nice geometric drapes! Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As my first foray into the real of "White Trash" films I was expecting this double bill from Something Weird to represent the dregs of exploitation cinema. But what we have here are some rather entertaining bad movies and this DVD actually has four movies not two, so you certainly get to double what pleasure there is to derive from these films.

The first film is actually two films edited together in 1963. We have Larry Buchanan's "Swamp Rose," which was spliced together with Eric Sayer's "Common Law Wife." Good thing there is a commentary track by the late Buchanan (helped along by Nathaniel Thompson) to help you figure out what was shot for which movie before they put the two together. Ironically, most of what you now see is Sayer's footage, so no wonder we are easily confused. Linda (Annabelle Weenick as Anne MacAdams) is shacked up with rich codger Shugfoot Rainey (George Edgely), who is tired of her, even though he gets to throw darts at her when she is sitting in her chair. He ways his niece Jonelle, a.k.a. Baby Doll (Lacey Kelly) to take Linda's place. But Linda is able to trump Shugfoot by getting declared his common law wife. This is one of those films where people are going to end up dead and it is just a question of who will start the fun and how they are going to end up doing it.

The trailer makes it clear that "Common Law Wife" is an "educational" film. They do not show any scenes out of deference to anyone with young ones, but emphasize that it is important to know the law and how you can end up getting married without saying, "I do," all because of "a depraved climax." If you do not know the law in your state, well, I guess you should. Not knowing the law leads to "uncontrolled lust and passion.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Old black and white title November 29, 2011
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While this is Sinister Video's favorite film, it won't be yours. This is a really old, black and white film from 1963. The acting is bad, the cinematography is bad and most things regarding this film are, in a word, bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A 1957 era cheap film March 2, 2013
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Black and white film. Story wasn't bad. Women were sexy by 1957 standards. No nudity. Sterile sex scenes (fully clothed). I felt that it was worth what little I paid to see it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As older B movies go this is it......... February 19, 2013
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Its so memerable I dont remember it. The plot is a little off. The time required to make this movie was wasted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jennie wife child October 26, 2012
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Dont Let The Name Throw you --- Movie Rates 5 Stars For The Music Alone ---Ahead Of Its Time --- Great movie --- Like Laugh In Meets Hee Haw ---- Late 60s Tv Shows For Those Who Dont Know --- Silly Fun ---PG Rating If made Today --- Great Watch --- Oh and Theres 2 More Movies On The Disk--- All For The Same Price --- But Who Cares---Jennie Is The One You Want To See.
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