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1960, Cinelicious, 79 min, USA, Dir: Leslie Stevens

Future “The Outer Limits” creator Leslie Stevens made this subversive examination of gender roles on a minuscule budget; denied MPAA approval due to its controversial subject matter, it vanished for decades until this new restoration. A pair of drifters – the devious Duke (Corey Allen) and slow-witted Boots (Warren Oates) – follows a beautiful young woman (Kate Manx) from a gas station to her Hollywood hills home in the hopes of seducing her. Menace is never far from the surface in this prescient drama, strikingly shot in B&W by noir specialist Ted McCord.

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