Olga’s Girls

Poster for the movie "Olga's Girls"
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A vicious underworld leader brings the pain for her female underlings in this celebrated sexploitation “roughie,” a sequel to White Slaves of Chinatown. Olga (Audrey Campbell) is a woman who, working with “the Syndicate” (a criminal network that encompasses the local mafia and several Russian and Chinese communist operatives), oversees a stable of women who do double duty as prostitutes and drug pushers. Olga is a cruel woman who will tolerate no misbehavior among her charges (many of whom are addicted to “the Big H” and work for her to feed their habits), and subjects them to periodic torture sessions when she feels they aren’t living up to her expectations. When Olga discovers that one of her girls has turned informant, she takes it upon herself to beat the truth out of the women until she finds out who has betrayed her, leading several embittered hookers and addicts to turn against their cruel mistress…though Olga ends up having the last word.

Theater trailer for “Olga’s Girls” (1964), sequel to the boring “White Slaves of Chinatown”. Here diabolical S&M style torments are actually shown on screen for the first time. As the narration says: “Disgustingly true. No symbolism, just realism.” The stylized sadism, whipping and breast torment looks mild today, but was a sensation back then. A new wave of roughie exploitation films would copy this formula countless times.

Next are “Olga’s Dance Hall Girls” (1969) with an occult theme, and the phony “Mondo Oscenita” (1966). “Mondo” claims to consist of shocking scenes banned from other pictures. The trailer shows it has parts from “Olga’s House of Shame” (1964) and other sexploitation films that were not censored.

Highlights from “Olga’s Girls” (1964) directed by Joseph P. Mawra. This film, and its sequel “Olga’s House of Shame”, are the Rosetta Stone of “roughie” sexploitation in the ’60s, as well as the fetish film industry that came of age in the ’80s. For the first time in a feature film, albeit an underground grindhouse flick, kinky S&M practices (bondage, whipping, spanking, breast torment, etc.) were openly displayed as the main attraction.

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