- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 20, 2003
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Larry Buchanan - Director
- Featurette: MOONSHINE LOVE
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer - COMMON LAW WIFE
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Double-feature from the demented and depraved SOMETHING WEIRD label, featuring:
COMMON LAW WIFE: Shugfoot Rainey decides that his mistress has past her sell-by date, and wants to trade her in for a newer, sleeker model. The voluptuous Baby Doll Jonelle, a local stripper, appears to fit the bill, but when Shugfoot's old mistress discovers that Baby Doll is after Shugfoot's inheritance, an almighty struggle breaks out. Jonelle ups the ante by spiking Shugfoot with cyanide, causing one hell of a cat-fight to break out!
JENNIE, WIFE/CHILD: When an indiscrete dalliance with the hunky Mario is discovered by her over-the-hill husband, Jennie and her paramour suddenly find themselves drugged and chained up in the cellar. To make matters worse her hubby appears to be digging their graves in the allotment outside! Help is at hand, however, when the local town floozy Lulu Belle makes a surprise visit to the house, apparently there to see Jennie's husband!
Description by Image Entertainment:
Common Law Wife (1940/ minutes) - Learn about man and wife, the backwoods way! Rich old coot Shugfoot Rainey wants to trade in his over-the-hill mistress, Linda, for his young niece, "Baby Doll" Jonelle, a pouty-faced stripper from New Orleans. But Linda's got a surprise; according to Texas law, she's Shugfoot's Common Law Wife and won't leave quietly. Eager to get her greedy mitts on Uncle Rainey's loot, Jonelle ups the ante by putting cyanide in Shugfoot's whiskey, leading to the two women squaring off in a surprisingly violent showdown. Filled with hilariously rotten characters, this overripe slice of Southern sleaze comes from cult director Larry Buchanan, outrageous auteur of Mars Needs Women! Jennie, Wife/Child(1940/ minutes) - 20-year-old Jennie: Wife/Child is unhappily married to the way-too-old-for-her Albert Peckingpaw, so she puts the moves on hunky hired hand Mario. When Albert realizes the two have been makin' bacon in the barn, he drugs them, chains them in the cellar, and digs their graves, which is when cheerful "town floozy" Lulu Belle unexpectedly pays Albert a visit. From the director of The Sadist and featuring music by Davie Allan and the Arrows and photography by Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), this exudes the long-lost charms of an evening at a Carolina drive-in!