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An Unknown Gem of a Movie

  • Mar 5, 2009
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I am surprised that this movie didn't get more notice when it was in the theaters.  It is an excellent docudrama of one of the first pin-up girls.  The movie portrays Betty as a very gullible, fun-loving and deeply religious person who always felt that what she was doing was all in fun and never anything "dirty" as the Estes Keaufever commission who investigated her portrayed.


Betty a small time girl was used by an abusive husband and left after she received a beating to find her way in New York.  One day while strolling on the beach she is approached by a police officer who is an amateur photographer who would love to get some modeling shots of her on the beach.  The innocent photos on the beach causes quite a scandal with the onlookers, apparently because the photographer is black.


Betty's photos seem to get her more work and she is introduced to a married couple (the Klaws) who make "special" photo shoots for special clients who want something different.  This gives Betty regular weekend work and many of her shoots involve photos of her in leather and either being bound or tying up other leather bound women. 


During one of her shoots she innocently takes off her top and then her bottom but the photographer says to her if he shoots a picture of her bottom front he will go to prison. 


I was enthralled by this movie and the extras give a lot of interviews with the cast that talk about many of the things that Betty wore as being normal fashion today.  Additionally there is a preserved short silent film of Betty posing innocently (incidentally as beautiful as Gretchen Moll who played Betty is, she cannot match Betty's figure or beautiful looks).  It is a shame that many of Betty's shoots needed to be destroyed by the Klaws who faced prosecution.  A piece of history was definitely lost.

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March 05, 2009
I liked this movie a lot. I think that what set Bettty apart even in that more sedate age was her air of innocence. I though Moll was a ringer for Page.
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