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Picture Brides

Posing as a mail-order bride, a woman arrives in a remote Brazilian mining town where she finds herself in serious trouble.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1934
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Savage jungle lust explodes when a tramp steamer ferries five women to uncertain fates as they sail upriver to a remote diamond mine in the Brazilian jungle. Four of the women are meeting prospective spouses for arranged "mail order" marriages. But the fifth, innocent young Mary Lee, thinks she's on her way to get a job. The others realize she is in for a rude awakening when she finally meets her "employer", a large lecherous beast of a man named Von Luden, the unscrupulous boss of the mine. One of the brides, a big-hearted world-weary broad named Mame who knows how to handle guys like Von Luden, offers to switch places with Mary Lee, giving up her prospective husband, Dave, to the naive girl. Dave, Von Luden's noble hard-working partner at the mine, is wanted by American authorities for embezzlement, and he drinks to drown his contempt for his sadistic German partner, who is very aware of Dave's fugitive status.

After a drunken matrimonial bash, when Von Luden gets Mame instead of a promised nubile virgin, he decides to take Mary Lee anyway. His vicious sexual assault on the girl is cut short when Dave busts down the door. The two men slug it out, with Von Luden getting the worst of it. In revenge, the beaten man decides to turn Dave in to the police. The night before the police arrive, the unrepentant Von Luden rapes and murders the virgin daughter of the mining camp's doctor. The discovery of her limp body in the swamps leads to a bloody showdown.

Picture Brides is a grim and gritty jungle melodrama of desperation and debauchery. Phil Rosen, who traced his four-decade film career back to his days with Edison, directed this no-nonsense piece with a stark frankness. Envisioned as a star vehicle for young Dorothy Libaire, it is the silent screen veteran Dorothy Mackaill who carries the film with a spirited, earthy performance.

Product Description:

Five mail-order brides arrive in a Brazilian mining town whose boss, Von Luden (Alan Hale), rules with a corrupt and lascivious hand. Mary Lee (Dorothy Libaire) is rejected by her potential husband, Dave Hart (Regis Toomey), an embezzler who later saves her from the clutches of Von Luden, leading to a lasting love. Von Luden's next victim, however, the mulatto daughter of the town doctor (Mary Kornman), does not fare so well.

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Action | Vintage

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  • Sales Rank: 10,425
  • UPC: 089218500694
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