This 1971 version of James Hadley Chase’s notorious novel No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939) was a high-stakes gamble for director Robert Aldrich. Four years earlier, using the fortunes he’d reaped from his mega-hit The Dirty Dozen, he was able to create his own production company, The Aldrich Studios, with the express intention of showing Hollywood how to make entertaining and successful movies for much less than the typical budgets. But Aldrich’s own films for his fledgling studio offered little support for this idea: The Legend of Lylah Clare (1967), The Killing of Sister George (1968), and Too Late the Hero (1970) were failures both critically and commercially. He desperately needed a hit to keep his company going in its fourth year.
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