Girl From Tobacco Row (1966) The Ormonds serve up a piece of
Southern Fried Fun with this absolute jewel of a little film.
Starring Tex Ritter (yep, that Tex Ritter) as a Tennessee preacher,
Rachel Romen as his daughter Nadine (the girl in question), Earl
"Snake" Richards (a post-Buddy Holly Crickets singer) as an ex-con
on the run (not necessarily a bad guy, though), and Ralph Emery,
the staple big-voiced bad talk show host from TNN in his only
acting roll this Prof. can find. Of course, the Ormond family
is scattered throughout the cast, as well as some great gospel
music and a giant harmonica…get your minds out of the damned gutter.
I loved this puppy, now I am not going to give you a ton of
Ormond factoids, but just as a primer, Ron and the klan made films
down in Tennessee throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. These celluloid
curiosities ranged from bad (Mesa of the Lost Women) to worse
(The Monster and the Stripper) to downright frightening (If Footmen
Tire You, What Will Horses Do) which was after the old dude discovered
God after almost dying in a couple of near-fatal plane accidents.
All that being, "Girl" is fun to watch and really not a bad piece
of movie-making. "Snake" is convincing as an excaped con who gets
a second chance by befriending Lil' Timmy Ormond (who shaaaaw
needs a buddy) and Tex is pretty decent as the hickoid preacher
whose daughter is more than just a little hot in the panties (She
Was a Preachers Daughter, but Wilder Than a Peach Orchard Hog!)
The film's title would lead you to believe that this is the major
plot line, but this is Southern Drive-In fare honey, and the title
don't mean squat. Nadine is betrothed to the town sheriff, but
she wants a slither of "Snake", true, but the real plot line is
the fact that "Snake" has become the surrogate "preacher's boy"
since Tex's oldest passed on and Ralph Emery and his groovy band
of hip, citified nar-do-wells want some cash that is stashed up
in the dead son's closet. And what a damn coincidence that "Snake"
fits the same Levi's as the dead son and is snooping through an
old suitcase and…well you know what happens…there's a big town
Tobacco celebration thing, that gives Ron Ormond about 20 minutes
of plot padding that features some pretty tasty mid-60's Bluegrass/Gospel/Giant
Being down in Nashville definitely helped Ormond as far as the
talent pool for music goes, just a year earlier he released "Forty
Acre Feud." It starred Ferlin Husky, Del Reeves, and Minnie
Pearl (who spends a lot of time talking to the camera). Besides
several songs each by the two singing stars, you got two songs
each by George Jones (an unbilled Johnny Paycheck sings with him),
Skeeter Davis with her incredible hair, Loretta Lynn (the earliest
and best footage you're likely to find of her), Ray Price, Bill
Anderson and The Willis Brothers, and a fuckin' genius gem from
Hugh X. Lewis (a comic talking blues about "this atomic age").
Highly Recommened just for the music.
Don't expect nudity, gore or any of that other shit that sometimes
graces the hallowed viewing halls of Intestinal Fortitude Movie
Nights, this is a slice of Rhubarb Pie akin to The Andy Griffith
Show, of course without the same comic slant but with the same
homey appeal. Throw in a stuttering girl with the voice of a songbird,
a chubby, bespeckled everyman, a handsome sheriff, a sexy catalog-purchased
piece of lingerie and you have Ron Ormond's recipe for Drive-In
BBQ. My advice, get some, it's not too hot, just the right amount
of spice and vinegar, and as Southern and inviting as my Mamaw.
Discuss this baby.
Black Gestapo Black
Girl From Tobacco Row
Rape Squad Join
The Meateater Do
Dixie Dynamite POW!
Run Stranger Run
Horror House On Hwy 5
Behind Locked Doors It's
Nailgun Massacre Some
Bat Pussy It had to
Thunder Alley It is
Blood Freak A Classic
The Geek Bigfoot Porn
High School Ghosthustlers
Frankenstein Island You
SuperCock Not that kinda
The Alienator Feeling
Angel Midnight Fantasy
Vanity and the Beast
Tim Ritter's $0 budget wonder
Nightmare Prof. Tread
still can't sleep.
Shanty Tramp She is sumpin'
If Footmen Tire You...?
Viva' Knievel Evel of
The Killing Of A Chinese
Bookie! Smart Guy.
The Pink Angels Gayness,
The Burning The 80's,
ahhh the 80's.
Q - The Winged Serpant! Larry
Fight For Your Life!
WARNING Racist content
Walking Tall Buford Pusser
in the Hizouse!
Sleepaway Camp Internet
Born Losers Ya Loser!
Shriek of the Mutilated
Bro. George gets busy.
Bury Me An Angel
Gal Biker and more.
The Grim Reaper Reap
Abby One of William Girdler's
Deadbeat At Dawn A
Sonny Boy Carradine,
Great Hollywood Rape-Slaughter
Savage Weekend. Take
Dead and Buried. A Should-be
Hot Summer In Barefoot
Night Train To Terror
I Drink Your Blood Glug,
Vixen Russ Meyer and breasts!
Truck Stop Women Honnnk
Daddy's Deadly Darling!
Flesh Feast Maggots!
Soapy the Germ Fighter!
Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast?
Moonshine County Express!
The Night God Screamed!
White Dog Racists Pets!
Hunter's Blood City
Slickers get offed!
Devil Times Five Sean
Terror at the Red Wolf Inn
Headless Eyes See It
World's Greatest Sinner
One of the best!
The Baby! Goo Goo!
Summer Camp Nightmare Viva
Attack of the Beast Creatures
Let's Play Dead Incest
Island of Death Vacation
Evil Come, Evil Go! Bye,
Darktown Strutters Get
Poor Pretty Eddie Deep
Miami Golem Jewish Folklore
Tenement NYC Apartment
To Kill A Clown Alan Alda Vietnam Vet!
The Spook Who Sat Next To
The Door Booya!
I Woke Up Early The Day I
Died Mr. Ed Wood.
The Mutilation Man Andy
Copp goes arty on us!
The People Across The Lake
The Woman Hunt Load Up
The Devil At You Heels
These Are The Damned
Crowhaven Farm TV movie