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Single Room Furnished (1966)

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Jayne Mansfield was a contradiction in terms:  a fabulously talented woman with an hourglass figure and genius IQ, the daughter of an attorney, who became something of a running joke in the movie business despite her obvious assets and her sweet, comedic screen presence. This was allegedly her attempt to be taken seriously as a dramatic actress. It’s an adaptation of a play by Gerald Sanford and her role is that of a young woman who is multiply knocked up, multiply deserted and turns to prostitution. The strangely theatrical cinematography (for the interiors at least) is by Laszlo Kovacs but it reeks of cheap. It was finished in the wake of Mansfield’s tragic death in a car crash at the age of 34. No doubt the piece to camera by Walter Winchell that introduces the film was well intended. However it is an unhappy memorial to a much misunderstood cultural icon who is better served by her other appearances – and especially in a 1962 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

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