Saturday, February 19, 2011

Local Heros (Audrey Campbell & Kroger Babb)

Audrey Campbell

Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio.
This striking beauty is most well known for her portrayal of the
lesbian, vice queen, Olga.

Who appears in:

Olga's Girls (1964)
White Slaves of Chinatown (1964)
Olga's House of Shame (1964)

These films are considered to be some of the very first low-budget sexploitation
pictures of the 60s. (Also known as "Roughie" films.)

Although the acts depicted are considered quite tame
by today's standards. There are still landmarks in exploitation

She sadly passed in 2006.

(I will be reviewing the Olga Triple Feature for my print zine.)

Kroger Babb

From Lees Creek, Ohio.

Some of the very first exploitation films, were sex (or personal) hygiene pictures.These movies, with the notable inclusion of Mom & Dad (1945), which Babb produced. Where promoted and distributed with the zeal Babb was known for.

Babb also had a business relationship with renowned trash film king, David F. Friedman. Who cites his first encounter with Babb as the starting point to his interest in films.

Friedman passed away February 14th 2011 :(

Their business partnership and friendship is explored further in Friedman's book, A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash-Film King

This book is a must read for any that may be interested in the history of exploitation cinema.I know it is one of my personal favorites.

And this concludes today's history lesson, ladies and germs.

1 comment:

Tracy Vanity said...

John Waters talked about seeing "Mom and Dad" as a kid just because it was so taboo. At the time it was the only way for straight guys to get off to a vagina but he just watched it because he was told not to.

Thanks for the history lesson! Those Olga movies look fun.