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The rundown wannabe-hardboiled privat eye Al Pereira (Jess Franco) is hired
by a mysterious woman claiming to be Mrs Ramos to photograph her husband having
sex with another woman, to which Pereira happily agrees as she offers him 7.500
Dollars. & Pereira even succeeds in making the photos & delivering them
... but then Ramos turns up dead, Mrs Ramos turns out to be stripper cynthia
(Lina Romay), & police inspector Mendoza (Paul Muller) turns up at
Pereira's doorstep, believing him to be the killer ... mysteriously enough
though, the real Mrs Ramos confirms that she has hired him to take the pictures
of her hubby humping (even though that is not true) & he is off the hook,
more puzzled than ever.
Pereira goes to Cynthia for some answers, & is
rather surprised to find the girl that Ramos was humping before his demise,
Lola (Martine Stedil) almost naked in Cynthia's appartment.
the fact that he knows that he should leave then & there, the 2 of them
erotically coaxe him into helping them with another little blackmailing scheme
they have cooked up ... & Pereira agrees, even if that means splitting up
with his good-natured girl Rita (Monica Swinn), whom he even proposed to
In his new job for the girls, Pereira has to photograph Rivas
(Eric Falk), son of a politician, making love to them, a job which he again
successfully finishes ... but Rivas too is dead the next morning, & again
all the evidence points to Pereira, & this time inspector Mendoza arrests
him ... however, Mendoza knows that Cynthia & the mob are behind it all,
& while he can't touch them, he figures Pereira, bent on revenge, might ...
indeed, Pereira gets hold of a gun, & visits Cynthia for a showdown ... but
is coldly struck down by Lola from behind, so even in his revenge he stays the
little idiot he always was ...
This might be Jess Franco at his
sleaziest (except for his few hardcore pictures that is), where women run
around in the nude almost generally, & where sex seems to be a way of
communication rather than a pastime (let alone a way of procreating). This all
is done rather on the cheap & a far cry from Franco's stylish extravaganzas
from the 60's/early 70's - but still this is a surprisingly entertaining (if -
as mentioned - sleazy) film throughout, a pulpy film noir plot (though the
style is nowhere near film noir) filled with naked women, funny dialogue,
ironic plottwists & a humourous off-screen narration.