Satan in High Heels

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Satan in High Heels
Satan In High Heels - 1962 - Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jerald Intrator
Produced by Leonard M. Burton
Written by Harold Bonnett (story)
John T. Chapman
Starring Meg Myles
Grayson Hall
Del Tenney
Music by Mundell Lowe
Cinematography Bernard Hirschenson
Edited by Armond Lebowitz
Distributed by Cosmic Films Inc.
Release date
  • March 23, 1962 (1962-03-23)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Satan in High Heels is a 1962 American sexploitation film directed by Jerald Intrator and starring Meg Myles and Grayson Hall.


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 (Hall).

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.


Production notes[edit]

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
Satan in High Heels (Soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by Mundell Lowe and His Orchestra
Released 1962
Recorded November 30 and December 22, 1961
New York City
Genre Film score
Label Charlie Parker
Producer Aubrey Mayhew
Mundell Lowe chronology
Themes from Mr. Lucky, the Untouchables and Other TV Action Jazz
(1960)Themes from Mr. Lucky, the Untouchables and Other TV Action Jazz1960
Satan in High Heels
Billy Jack
(1971)Billy Jack1971

The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Mundell Lowe and the soundtrack album was originally released on the Charlie Parker label.[1] The soundtrack was also released as Blues for a Stripper.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

In his review for the June 6, 1963 issue of Down Beat magazine, jazz critic John S. Wilson wrote: "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."[2]

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".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mundell Lowe.

  1. "Satan in High Heels" - 3:24
  2. "Montage" - 2:11
  3. "The Lost and the Lonely" - 3:38
  4. "East Side Drive" - 2:48
  5. "Coffee, Coffee" - 3:27
  6. "Lake in the Woods" - 3:30
  7. "From Mundy On" - 3:27
  8. "The Long Knife" - 2:22
  9. "Blues for a Stripper" - 3:27
  10. "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


Staged adaptation[edit]

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.

A 2012 staged reading of a new adaptation of Satan in High Heels at Trustus Theatre.

DVD release[edit]

The film was released on Region 1 DVD by Something Weird Video in 2002.


  1. ^ Mundell Lowe discography accessed August 23, 2012
  2. ^ a b Down Beat: June 6, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 13
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed August 23, 2012

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