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Girl with an Itch (1958)

A lonely, widowed middle-aged ranch owner gives a ride to a sexy blonde hitchhiker, When she finds out about the ranch he owns she figures he'll be an easy mark, but his suspicious son may spoil her plans.


Ronald V. Ashcroft (as Ronnie Ashcroft)


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Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot


Complete credited cast:
Kathy Marlowe Kathy Marlowe ... Mari Lou Waverley
Robert Armstrong ... Ben Cooper
Robert Clarke ... Orrie Cooper
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Jake
Patti Gallagher Patti Gallagher ... Emma
Clem Bevans ... Gramps
Sarah Padden ... Cookie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carleton Crane Carleton Crane
Dick Crane Dick Crane
Peter Perry Jr. Peter Perry Jr.
Merle Peters Merle Peters


A lonely, widowed middle-aged ranch owner gives a ride to a sexy blonde hitchhiker, When she finds out about the ranch he owns she figures he'll be an easy mark, but his suspicious son may spoil her plans.

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hixploitation | See All (1) »


Mari-Lou___Hiway Pick-Up...She Couldn't Resist Men...Any Man! See more »









Release Date:

12 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La route du désir See more »

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Production Co:

The Don-Tru Company See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview, star Kathy Marlowe recalled that in the scene where she and co-star Robert Clarke had a scene in which Clarke's character was supposed to be drunk, Clarke couldn't "act" drunk, so he actually went out and got drunk in order to finish the scene. This caused director Ronald V. Ashcroft no end of problems since the scene had to be reshot several times because Clarke, in his drunken state, couldn't remember his lines correctly. See more »


Referenced in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


Mari Lou
Written by Gene Kauer (as Guenther Kauer) and Patty Fisher (as Ruth Freed)
Sung by Bill Cunningham
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Astounding B picture is one of the earliest to portray nymphomania...
7 February 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

This B picture, astounding for the 50's is one of the earliest American films to portray nymphomania...and it is not a sympathetic portrayal albeit an effective one. The title character as played by Kathy Marlowe is a cold hearted but sizzling hot schemer who can't let any man pass her by without an attempt to "interfere" with him. She's a vagrant gold-digger looking for a soft-touch so she won't have to work at anything except sexual pleasure. From the very beginning it's pretty obvious what her modus operandi is, but even so she gets away with a lot because of her young and sexy appearance and her instant ability to appear sweet and innocent when necessary. But her totally selfish and nasty character comes out whenever she is sure of her power. When she's given work on a ranch, she immediately comes on heavy in the barn to young Orrie (Robert Clarke) who's wise to her in an eye-popping scene reminiscent of Jane Russell in "The Outlaw". You can practically see her slavering over his sweaty, naked torso. Later, she has a steamy roll in the hay with Jake, the foreman who also has her number. Then she turns her spurious charm on Orrie's father (Robert Armstrong) who, after all, owns the ranch. Viewers will be fascinated watching this woman progress from femme fatale to persona non grata.

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