“This stinkin’ swamp water stinks!”
An undercover policewoman (Carole Mathews) joins a gang of female cons — Vera (Beverly Garland), Josie (Marie Windsor), and Billie (Jil Jarmyn) — as they search the Louisiana bayou for stolen diamonds.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Deep South
- Marie Windsor Films
- Roger Corman Films
- Strong Females
- Undercover Cops and Agents
Roger Corman’s first directorial effort features many of his worst signature elements: interminable stock footage filler, brawling females, and an illogical, meandering script. Even at 67 minutes, it goes on for far too long, and fails to hold interest. One of its few mildly redeeming qualities is statuesque Marie Windsor, who is always fun to watch. On the other hand, as noted by Scott Ashlin (see his “1000 Misspent Hours Review”), it’s likely that Swamp Women was “a big hit with San Francisco’s lesbian underground at the time of its release”, due to the fact that “the women of the title divide neatly into a femme pair… and a butch pair” — with the ostensible male lead (Touch Connors) eventually fading into the background.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Marie Windsor as Josie
- The women conveniently changing their prison-issue jeans into sexy short-shorts
- The artistic, though completely unrelated, opening titles
No, though film fanatics may be curious to see Corman’s first directorial effort.