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Cast: Spalding Gray, Gayle Leonard, Susan McBain, Nancy Dare, Jon Black
Impulse Pictures / All Region / Unrated / 1.33:1 fullscreen / Dolby Digital mono / 61 minutes
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The name Edward Earle Marsh will undoubtably not ring a bell. His pseudonym "Zebedy Colt" probably isn't much more recognizable unless you are a pretty hardcore classic adult film or "grindhouse" fan. Edward Earle Marsh was a gay actor, musician, adult film director and star who started out as a child actor and who later would become the first pioneer of the first "queer cabaret" when he recorded the album "I'll Sing For You" with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This would be the first time he used the name "Zebedy Colt" to distinguish this work from his "legit" theater work. To make ends meet a few years later, he would continue as Zebedy to star and direct adult films in the '70s, most notably 1977's The Devil Inside Her. He was infamous for making "roughies", XXX films that usually consist of rape, degradation and other forms of sexual violence.
It doesn't end there because the final sequence is bonkers crazy. While Farmer Shep starts blasting the bad guys (including Freddy) with the rifle, there isa bizarrely pieced together scene of the shooting and highlights of the entire movie edited together in a slipshod and clipped manner. I guess it's a fitting ending to a classic adult film that will most certainly turn most watchers off. Most of the sex is ugly in its content, the actors and actresses and the way Colt shot the scenes. There are some super close-ups on things that maybe should never be seen close up. Most of the actors are grimy (including Colt who plays "Shep") and the women are pretty unappealing as well, the cutest being Nancy Dare (who was also in Sex Wish with Colt) who plays the dimpled blonde "Jane". Not much is left out of The Farmer's Daughters as far as taboo content. Aside from the aforementioned rape and incest, there are also two "golden shower" scenes; the daughters all take a whiz on poor Freddy and the convicts tinkle on the all of the daughters and mother. Close your mouths, sillies!
Interestingly, respected actor and writer Spalding Gray was one of the criminals and was later uncredited in Radley Metzger's Maraschino Cherry. Gray died of an apparent suicide brought on by a head injury he sustained in a car accident. His body was found in the East River months after he was reported missing. His case was featured on the Fox hit show "America's Most Wanted".