A sort of sex morality play, Lorna is Russ Meyer's first serious effort after six nudie pix.
A sort of sex morality play, Lorna is Russ Meyer’s first serious effort after six nudie pix.
Myer’s story concerns Lorna Maitland as the buxom wife of James Rucker, a handsome young clod who each day joins Hal Hopper and Doc Scortt in commuting to work at a salt mine. (Latter is not the first Biblical overtone, since Griffith portrays a firebrand preacher-Greek chorus who greets audience via clever subjective camera intro with ominous foreboding of sin and payment therefore.)
Mark Bradley, escaped con and vicious killer, encounters Maitland in the fields with predictable results, after which she takes him home for encores.
Maitland has a sensual voice although vocal projection is her least asset. Bradley has rugged looks, a voice to match, and a bigger future in films. His role requires expressions of fear, boredom, tenderness and amoral viciousness, and he is up to them all. Griffith is a two-time loser, having overacted a trite part which he himself wrote.