Review: ‘Cherry, Harry & Raquel!’

Film focuses on the narcotics traffic on the Mexican border, where Charles Napier is a sheriff in the pay of the drug operator.

Film focuses on the narcotics traffic on the Mexican border, where Charles Napier is a sheriff in the pay of the drug operator.

Linda Ashton plays Cherry, his girlfriend, and Larissa Ely portrays Raquel, who takes on all comers. When the two ladies of the title get tired of it all with men, they try some Lesbian clinches. Flashes of nudes intersperse the unreeling every minute or so. Mebbe they’re symbolic, they have no connection with the story.

Meyer inserts plenty of violence in Harry’s search for a Yaqui Indian who is leaving the gang for private enterprise. The Yaqui shoots it out with the sheriff in a bloody sequence, and kills a Mexican member of the gang in another bloody encounter after an exciting and suspenseful auto chase. Dialog is on the stag side. Cost was $90,000, up from Meyer’s previous $70,000 budgets.

Cherry, Harry & Raquel!

Production

Eve/Panamint. Director Russ Meyer; Producer Russ Meyer; Screenplay Tom Wolfe, Russ Meyer; Camera Russ Meyer; Editor Russ Meyer, Richard Serly Brummer; Music William Loose;; Art Director [uncredited]

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 71 MIN.

With

Larissa Ely Linda Ashton Charles Napier Bert Santos Franklin H. Bolger Astrid Lillimor
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