Deadly Weapons/Double Agent 73 [2 Discs] [DVD]

Born Liliana Wilczkowska, the woman who came to be known as Chesty Morgan was an unlikely film star -- born in Poland, by all accounts she had a poor command of the English accent, spoke with an impenetrable accent, and had no visible talent as an actress. However, Morgan had two things going for her: her breasts, which were naturally mammoth and gave her a bust measurement of an incredible seventy-three inches. After Morgan became a celebrity on the burlesque circuit, eccentric exploitation filmmaker Doris Wishman featured her in two inarguably remarkable movies, Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73, and Something Weird Video has made the two films available together in this special DVD package. This is a two-disc set which simply repackages SVW's earlier releases of Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73; both films have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and look as good as circumstances are likely to permit. Given the odd shifts of color balance, use of recycled footage, and sometimes dodgy camerawork that's an integral part of both movies, neither film is ever going to look "perfect," but despite some speckling of the source materials the transfers look sharp, with rich color saturation and a wealth of detail. The audio for both films has been transferred to disc in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix for both films, and the quality is strong enough to make the amateurish post-synch dubbing and puzzling use of echo all the more obvious (and hilarious). Both discs in this package include bonus materials, but most of the same features are duplicated on both -- trailers for Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73, and a gallery of advertising artwork for Doris Wishman's films. Deadly Weapons does include a bonus short subject on new advancements in bust enlargement technology circa the mid-Fifties (which seems to be aimed more at men with a fondness for women's breasts than women seeking useful information), and Double Agent 73 features a spicy yet splicy reel in which legendary stripper Tempest Storm has a plaster cast made of her chest for exhibition at a burlesque house (while the reel contains no credits, it's been suggested by in an article by Roger Ebert that this was shot by none other than Russ Meyer). While this set doesn't represent any sort of upgrade over the earlier releases of these two films, in truth there was very little room for improvement on Something Weird's original releases, and anyone interested in picking them up can get both films together at a significant savings over buying them separately.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered!
  • Original theatrical trailers!
  • Archival short subject: Brast Development Fifties Style!
  • Archival short subject: Tempest Storm's bosom gets plastered in the Big, Big Bust!
  • Doris Wishman gallery of exploitation art!

Synopsis

Deadly Weapons
Extremely top-heavy exotic dancer Chesty Morgan (billed on screen as Zsa Zsa, though the name Chesty Morgan appeared in all the film's advertising) made her screen debut in this wildly improbable crime story written and directed by Doris Wishman. Crystal (Morgan) is an advertising executive who has fallen in love with Larry (Greg Reynolds), a hoodlum working for a mysterious crime boss with a trademark scar on his right hand. While ransacking the home of a rival gangster, Larry finds and pockets an address book which will provide him plenty of blackmail material on his colleagues; when two of them, smart-suited and mustachioed Tony (Harry Reems, whose name is misspelled "Harry Reemes" in the credits) and one-eyed Captain Hook suspect Larry is holding out on them, they kill him and set out to find the book. However, Larry already gave it to Crystal for safe keeping, and when she learns her man is dead, she sets out to find Tony and Hook and get revenge. Inexperienced with a gun, Crystal kills her enemies using the weapons nature gave her -- she smothers men with her massive 73-inch bust. Deadly Weapons was a commercial breakthrough for Doris Wishman, who had been making low-budget sexploitation films since 1960; Wishman and Morgan would team up again for Double Agent 73. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Double Agent 73
The phrase "booby trapped" gains a whole new meaning in this bizarre blend of sexploitation and espionage, starring the freakishly proportioned Chesty Morgan and written and directed by Doris Wishman. Jane (Chesty Morgan) is a spy working with American intelligence who is ordered to cut short her vacation for a special assignment. An international drug cartel has been smuggling massive amounts of cheap heroin into the United States, and Jane's superiors want the dope men out of commission. Jane is given a list of culprits who are to be tracked down and killed; however, the agency needs evidence that the drug ring has been shut down, so they have devised an unusual plan. A new type of spy camera has been surgically installed in Jane's left breast, which is possible given her remarkable 73-inch bust measurement. After each member of the drug gang has been dispatched, Jane is to take a picture of him using the special camera. However, Jane is working under a rather severe deadline -- if she doesn't finish the job and return to the base within a week, a bomb planted inside the camera will explode, killing Jane and those around her. Double Agent 73 was the second and final collaboration between Chesty Morgan and Doris Wishman; Morgan would shoot a small role in Il Casanova di Fellini before dropping out of movies, while Wishman would remain active in filmmaking up until her death in 2002. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Chesty Morgan
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    Harry Reems
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    Saul Meth
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