YouTube Treasure: Amputee Melodrama Has Legs!
"Sue Imes loses her leg in a car accident," starts the plot description of Prelude to Happiness, which had me at "Sue Imes." Judging from the trailer, that doesn't stop her from shtupping, emoting, and hobbling up a storm. The movie is an unspeakably good-bad piece of '70s exploitation that's so obscure Paper magazine's Dennis Dermody, who knows more about this genre than anyone on earth, hadn't heard of it! Once a reader alerted me to this godawful gem, I did some research and found that you can buy it on 5MTL.com, which describes it as an uneasy mix of "extreme melodrama, early '50s cheesecake shots involving a real amputee, and more visible boom mics than Dolemites and Chained Heat put together." Let me go out on a limb, ba dump pum, and say I'm totally sold!
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.