Satan in High Heels
|Satan in High Heels|
1962 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Jerald Intrator|
|Produced by||Leonard M. Burton|
|Written by||Harold Bonnett (story)
John T. Chapman
|Music by||Mundell Lowe|
|Edited by||Armond Lebowitz|
|Distributed by||Cosmic Films Inc.|
Stacey Kane (Myles), a cunning and ambitious striptease dancer in a cheap carnival, tricks her heroin-addicted husband out of his money and leaves him clothed only in a corset and raincoat. On a plane to New York, she meets a well-heeled businessman, Louie, who falls for her charms and sets her up in a hotel. He arranges an audition for her at a Manhattan midtown club run by an elegant, world-weary lesbian named Pepe.
Stacey wows them with her vocal ability and begins being groomed as a leading chanteuse at the night club. Arnold Kenyon, the club's owner, falls in love with Stacey and makes her his mistress, unaware that while he is lavishing her with expensive gifts and grooming her for a singing debut at his club, she is also having an affair with his playboy son, Laurence.
On her opening night, Stacey's estranged husband, Rudy, arrives at the club. Using both emotional and sexual appeal, Stacey persuades him to kill Arnold; but Rudy bungles the murder attempt and confesses his intention to Arnold. Her double-dealing nature out in the open, Stacey is abandoned by all the men in her life, put out of her apartment, and left alone on the streets.
- Meg Myles as Stacey
- Grayson Hall as Pepe
- Del Tenney as Paul
- Sabrina as Herself
- Mike Keane as Arnold Kenyon
- Robert Yuro as Laurence Kenyon
The film used Manhattan locations; Club Le Martinique at 57 West 57th Street and Sutton Place neighborhood for the apartments where Pepe and the Kenyons live.
Producer Leonard Burtman was a major New York publisher of dozens of fetish magazines such as the pioneering Exotique, Bizarre Life, High Heels, Unique World, and Corporal. In 1962 a few of his publications ran photo-features promoting this film.
|Satan in High Heels|
|Soundtrack album by Mundell Lowe and his Orchestra|
|Recorded||November 30 and December 22, 1961
New York City
|Mundell Lowe chronology|
The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Mundell Lowe and the soundtrack album was originally released on the Charlie Parker label. The soundtrack was also released as Blues for a Stripper
In his review for the June 6,1963 issue of Down Beat magazine, noted jazz critic John S. Wilson had this to say of the album: "Guitarist Lowe has put together a walloping big band, given it some strong punchy arrangements to play, and has come through with a set of rousing performances."
The Allmusic review states "Mundell Lowe's score for the exploitation flick Satan in High Heels is an immensely enjoyable collection of exaggeratedly cinematic jazz. Lowe runs through all sorts of styles, from swinging big band to cool jazz, from laid-back hard-bop to driving bop".
All compositions by Mundell Lowe
- "Satan in High Heels" - 3:24
- "Montage" - 2:11
- "The Lost and the Lonely" - 3:38
- "East Side Drive" - 2:48
- "Coffee, Coffee" - 3:27
- "Lake in the Woods" - 3:30
- "From Mundy On" - 3:27
- "The Long Knife" - 2:22
- "Blues for a Stripper" - 3:27
- "Pattern of Evil" - 2:26
- Recorded in New York City on November 30 (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10) and December 23 (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9), 1961
- Mundell Lowe - guitar, arranger, conductor
- Bernie Glow (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9), Joe Newman (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10), Ernie Royal (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9), Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry - trumpet
- Jimmy Cleveland (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9), Buster Cooper, Urbie Green (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10) - trombone
- Jim Buffington - French horn (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10)
- Ray Beckenstein - alto saxophone, flute (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10)
- Walter Levinsky - alto saxophone, clarinet
- Phil Woods - alto saxophone (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9)
- Al Cohn, Al Klink (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10), Oliver Nelson (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9) - tenor saxophone
- Gene Allen (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9), Sol Schlinger (tracks 2, 3, 6 & 10) - baritone saxophone
- Eddie Costa - piano, vibraphone
- Barry Galbraith - guitar (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 7-9)
- George Duvivier - bass
- Ed Shaughnessy - drums
In 2012, Trustus Theatre hosted a reading of a stage adaptation of Satan in High Heels written by playwright and screenwriter Robbie Robertson. Directed by Timothy Gardner, the staged reading featured Vicky Saye Henderson as Stacy Kane, Rodney Lee Rogers as Arnold Kenyon, and Larry Hembree as Pepe.