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Director: Phil Tucker
Label: Something Weird Video
It’s South-of-the-Border Burlesque with Tijuana After Midnight, an “Intimate and Daring Expose of Nite Life in the Naughtiest City in the World!”
If you’re lookin’ for chicks, you’ll find more here than in a henhouse -- along with some of the hens, too! So all you rubbernecks take a seat in one of Tijuana’s top hot spots and let our Mex-Master of Ceremonies (CHARLES CRAFTS, Ed Wood’s drag queen buddy in Glen or Glenda) open the show with plumed MITZI DOERRE! This saucy stripteuse, with tortilla-sized pasties, has got more parts movin’ than a centipede in a light socket! Ay Carumba!
And don’t miss LEE BARRY -- lotsa meat on the bone here! And did you catch that lip movement? Is this cud chewin’ or maybe just Poligrip time? And how ’bout those two guitar players? They make music that sounds like a piano and trumpet -- and this was before synthesizers! But, hey, this is burlesque. Does anything have to make sense?
As for those comic klutzes, SNUFFY SMITH and exploitation film vet HARRY KEATAN (the alcoholic non-doc of Girl Gang), you’ll laugh till you’re incontinent (or just plain plugged up) with zany zingers like, “Do you know why the sailors come to see the burlesque show? To see the navel maneuvers!”
As for the rest of the gals -- and there’s 9 of ’em! -- your eyes will go wild watching the torso tossing of top-billed RITA RAVELL, “The Mexican Spitfire!” Plus there’s the dazzlin’ DEENA PRINCE, a fifties glamour-pus who is definitely the bees knees! As is the lithe and willowy LIBBY JONES, as well as RHEA WALKER, JEAN MANN, and that classy blonde closer with the tousled tresses, MISTY AYERS (“Burlesque’s Most Beautiful and Newest Sensation!”)! If ya like your meat sweet, you can’t get more delectable dishes than these!
So, if the claps of this wee nitery’s nabobs sound like thunder, you’ll know why when you watch this peppy potboiler from director PHIL TUCKER, the man who gave the world Dance Hall Racket and Robot Monster!
From a 35mm hotter-than-a-tamale print. -- David Cary, A Bit of Burlesque, A Brief History of It’s Times and Stars