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The Girl In Black Stockings (1956)

Lex Barker , Anne Bancroft , Howard W. Koch  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren
  • Directors: Howard W. Koch
  • Writers: Richard H. Landau
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X63SJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A beautiful young starlet is mysteriously murdered at a chic Utah resort.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Routine "B" murder mystery September 18, 2011
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At a Utah resort, the mutilated body of a pretty girl is discovered. Everyone at the resort becomes a suspect. This minor "B" B&W murder mystery has a cult following but its titillating metaphorical title aside, it's really nothing special. The direction by Howard W. Koch plods along without the faculty needed to ante up the stakes and when the killer is revealed, it's no surprise. This was the last film of the young Anne Bancroft before she bolted Hollywood and went to Broadway and you can see why. If this was the best they could give her, it was never going to happen for her in Hollywood. Ron Randell as an embittered quadriplegic gives some strange line readings but no one stands out here, not even Mamie Van Doren and her pulchritude. The score is by Les Baxter. With Lex Barker, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, Stuart Whitman, Diana Van Der Vlis and Dan Blocker (BONANZA). The film's credits does have an amusing credit however. It reads "Women's costumes by The Pink Poodle of Kanab, Utah"!

The DVD from the MGM MOD (manufactured on demand) program is a crisp looking full screen transfer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "B" stands for "Boring" July 13, 2011
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Judge James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict-- While this low-budget movie never held Oscar promise, the prospects of Mamie Van Doren (Francis Joins the WACs) and filming in scenic Kanab, Utah, might make the limited-print release from MGM look like fun. In the first few minutes, the movie directed by Howard W. Koch has at least some potential, with silly and clever romantic dialogue ("Are you breathing this hard because of me or the altitude?") and an interesting scene in which he pans a crowd for their reactions as they see the first corpse.

As the movie goes on, the sheriff (John Dehner, The Doris Day Show) meets the suspects, one or two at a time, with the highlight being a struggle with the crazy drunk who found the knife. You don't get to see that much of Van Doren, except for a bit where she's acting like an overly affectionate drunk at a dinner party. The occasional shot of Mamie beside the pool was about the only excitement in the movie beyond the first few minutes of setup.

Of course, you might be amused by the overwrought descriptions of offscreen dead bodies, as when the first victim's wounds are described as "a frenzied pattern of disfigurement," and repeated psychoanalyses of the unknown killer. There are also some clunky killer's-eye view shots, but they were just sloppy, not ridiculous enough for unintentional laughs.

There are a few flecks in the black-and-white picture, but nothing major. The music of Les Baxter doesn't fare too badly, even in mono. There are no extras.
-Full review at dvdverdict.com
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3.0 out of 5 stars great cast June 10, 2014
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I watched this because the movie was filmed in Kanab, Utah. (Over 200 movies and television shows have been filmed in and around Kanab, and they celebrate their film history every August at Western Legends Roundup). A lot of the movie was filmed at the Parry Lodge (they have QUITE the film history) and you can still stay there today. (The stars stayed at the Parry Lodge when filming in Kanab - and still do stay there.) Howard Koch produced and directed several movies in Kanab over the years, primarily westerns.

The movie isn't great but it was entertaining. It's fine for being a "B" movie mystery. It has a great cast, including Dan Blocker (Bonanza) playing a bartender (the bar is still there & located just over the border from Kanab in Fredonia, Arizona) John Dehner, Anne Bancroft, Lex Barker, and Mamie Van Doren.

For me, the most fun part of this movie was being able to visit some of the places where the movie was filmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl in Black Stockings May 24, 2014
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Pretty good late 50's murder mystery. Assorted people, mostly beautiful women, are being brutally murdered at a Utah resort. There is no limit of suspects, even the quadriplegic resort owner. I rather liked Mamie Van Doren in this. Whatever I've seen her in, she rarely seemed to play a DUMB blonde. The music is great, the locales authentic, and the black-and-white photography is perfect. The MGM Limited Edition DVD-R release is excellent quality. Recommended for fans of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Murder Mystery April 19, 2014
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Mamie Van Doren stars in The Girl In Black Stockins and it is a mystery story. Pretty well done, and the scondary characters are fleshed out also. I have met Mamie and she is so nice to her fans. I admire her stand on women's and gay rights. A living legend and one of he last stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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