Vā€™18: OCTOBER 25 ā€“ NOVEMBER 8, 2018

POOR WHITE TRASH

V' 09

POOR WHITE TRASH

Harold Daniels
USA, 1957, 1961
Fiction, 85min, OF

POOR WHITE TRASH

Harold Daniels
USA, 1957, 1961
Fiction, 85min, OF

Actors: 
Peter Graves
Martin Davis
Lita Milan
Marie Herbert
Timothy Carey
Ulysses
Jonathan Haze
Bos
Douglas Fowley
Emil Herbert
Screenplay: 
Edward I. Fessler
Sound: 
Gilbert D. Marchant
Camera: 
Ted Saizis
Vincent Saizis
Editor: 
Maurice Wright
Composer: 
Edward I. Fessler
Gerald Fried
Costume: 
Leon K. Zainey

Production: 
American National Films
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Martin, a self-effacing and insecure architect from the North, comes to the Bayou Country to plug his plans for a New Orleans municipal building. He falls in love with Cajun queen Marie, the attractive daughter of a shiftless fisherman, becomes embroiled in the violent affairs of the local Cajun French colony and takes up competition with sadistic Ulysses, who also is in love with Marie. Will he fight Ulysses for Maria's hand, or will the Cajun bully prove him a coward and claim the girl for himself?
In 1957, director Harold Daniels was hired by producer Michael A. Ripps to oversee Bayou, a cheaply made, overly melodramatic tale of swamp life. The low budget film stared a pre Mission Impossible Peter Graves, Corman regular Jonathan Haze and the effortlessly bizarre Timothy Carey. But despite this eclectic cast, Bayou was a major flop at the box office. So Ripps recut the film, adding an off-camera rape scene and a new, bloody conclusion to its climatic fight. Of even greater importance was Ripp's new title: Poor White Trash.

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