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Director: Roberta Findlay
Label: Something Weird Video
Leave it to ROBERTA FINDLAY -- the co-producer and cinematographer of the infamous “Flesh” trilogy (with then-hubby Michael Findlay), and the director of such smut as Altar of Lust and Angel on Fire -- to make a softcore sex film shot entirely on location in the provincial fishing villages of Rockport and Glouster, Massachusetts. (Keep in mind that those towns do not exactly scream “a sexy good time.”) Painting a grim picture, Ms. Findlay uses gloomy cinematography and drab location shots to set the tone for this dark and oppressive melodrama.
Prudence (CHRIS JORDAN), the titular Clamdigger’s Daughter, is a raggedy young woman who lives in a shanty with her old sea dog of a dad. Poverty-struck and miserable, the only happiness in Prudence’s life is a forbidden love affair with Jason Hammond (prolific porno actor ERIC EDWARDS), the son of her father’s nemesis. Seems that Hammond Sr. was the man responsible for ruining her father’s life, and the old codger isn’t letting him get his only daughter too.
Meanwhile, Jason is being pressured to marry Abigail (KIM POPE of Tuck Me In and Changes), the daughter of a prestigious family, who we see fantasizing about making love to Jason while screwing some other unsuspecting bastard!
But when Prudence and Jason slip away in the moonlight for a secret rendezvous, Prudence’s old-fart father watches. Unnerved, the old man then attacks a stripper at a local pub. (Please note: In all my years of living on the North Shore, I have never seen a single stripper in any of those quaint coastal barrooms, so I must conclude that this is definitely a Findlay embellishment.)
As if her life wasn’t miserable enough already, Prudence is then by a crazy pipe organist while attending church! Thoroughly at her wit’s end, Prudence begs Jason to run away with her and the two of them flee to the home of her Aunt Hilda which, they’re shocked to discover, is a whorehouse!
Apparently, the only option left for these tragic lovers is to sail away to points unknown... but fate has other cruel plans for them....
Not exactly the Feel-Good Flick of the Year, but its gritty sex scenes certainly deliver. Best enjoyed with a traditional New England clam bake and, of course, lots of liquor.
From a cold and clammy 35mm print. -- Lisa Petrucci