Archive for July, 2010

Burlesque Girl – Beacon Books, 1958

Posted in Beacon Books, Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books with tags , , on July 23, 2010 by orriehittfan

Hitt was in prime mode from 1957-1960.  Like Carnival Girl, Sheba, Camus Doll and others, Hitt takes on the economic and social conditions of busty, leggy young women who use their bodies to make money.

Valerie is 20 and sings in a club.  The manger wants her to strip but she won’t; her boyfriend wants her to marry him but she won’t.  The money she makes goes to help with a sibling that needs medicine and special attention.

A guy from a burlesque shows offers her a job to just sing, $100 a week, no stripping.  She takes it and goes on the road, and eventually winds up in this guy’s bed.

Burlesque is a dying art and fewer people come unless there’s a lot of skin. At first Valerie wears tight dresses ready to bust, and gradually succumbs to stripping to bring in cash flow, because she has bills and needs and she has no skills for any other kind of work.

While this one is well-written, doesn’t feel as rushed as some Hitt books, it covers territory oft-tread in the Hitt Universe and the sleaze paperback world.  A decent read. On the Hitt Scale, a 7.2.

The cover, however, is classic!

Paperback Parade on Tramps…

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books on July 20, 2010 by orriehittfan

Paperback Parade #75 has good things to say about

The Trouble with Tramps…is a hell of a fine novel. It is a neatly plotted noir in the Hitt and vintage paperback tradition. This was a blast for me to read and one I know you’ll be unable to put down. This slim 134page paperback packs more wallop than most of the big bestseller guys writing those overly big fat books today.”

Call Me Bad(Beacon, 1960)

Posted in Beacon Books, Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books on July 17, 2010 by orriehittfan

After reading a slew of bad Orrie Hitt titles recently, it was good to pick up a decent one.  This is another novel centered around one of his favorite settings, a sleazy hotel where illicit crime happens, mostly prostitution.  A woman named Ma runs the hotel and several girls who live there, with the help of the elevator boy who procure customers for the girls.

One is 20 year old Sherry Jenkins, who sells her body because she was gang raped at 17 and vows all men must pay…except for this married traveling salesman she thinks she is in love with, and he has no idea what she really does.

Sherry takes care of her alcohlic father, why she does not know because he says he was never sure if he was her father.  Then her father fgets an 18 year old girl pregnant and she puts up the money for an abortion, which is botched, and the girl dies, and the police start doing a crack down, and she gets arrested…

There are some flaws in this short novel but they are minor, so it is a good read. Like many Hitt characters, the people in this book are all desperate, in pain inside, and down in the gutter…kind of a sad read.

On the Hitt Scale, a 7.7.

Virgins No More (Beacon, 1961)

Posted in Beacon Books, Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, sleazecore, vintage sleaze books on July 3, 2010 by orriehittfan

Here’s a publisher’s title that makes no sense — neither of the two heroines in this book, seen on the cover, start off as virgins.  Passion Scam or His Two Women might have been better titles.

The hero is yet another Sam Card — how many Sam Cards have there been in Hitt’s books?  How many more? Why that name?  It’s just Lucy.

No Lucy’s here.  There’s Rose and Jackie…

Sam lives with Rose.  He’s a regular joe schmoe factory worker who one day buys a local lottery ticket and wins: $10,000.  What will he do with his new found fortune? Rose wants to find a home to settle; Sam wants to buy a business and become his own boss.

Sam goes into business with Jackie, who with her older rolly-poly husband, owns a resort hotel and wants to sell.  Sam puts $5K  down and enters into a profit-sharing agreement to pay Jackie off. There are other ways to pay: he starts an affair with her.

Rose has a secret past. Her ex-boyfriend George shows up, needing money to pay his child support and keep the law off his back.  He threatens to tell Sam about her past as a crook and a hooker, so she borrows money from Sam and gives it to George.

But George sees green.  He gets a job at the hotel, helping Sam get the place ready for the rental season. Rose can’t do a thing. George enlits her to steal Sam’s other $5K, and maybe his take of the hotel.

Uusual Hitt set ups.  A 7 on the Scale.