Released: May 01st, 1985
Running Time: 80
Director: Ted Roter
Company: Electric Hollywood
Cast: John Hollyfield, Ron Jeremy, Ted Roter, Kimberly Carson, Paul Thomas, Bunny Bleu, Renee Tiffany
Critical Rating: AAA
Is Ted Roter trying to be the Orson Welles of porn? Not only did he write and direct this movie, but he also features himself in leading role. While an ambitious project, Scandalous Simone does not always hit the mark.
Simone is a triple-cross murder mystery set in France, where a failing banker (Paul Thomas) commits suicide to escape prosecution. He and his wife, Kimberly, try to put the blame on business partner John Hollyfield, and that's where clever Inspector Louiseaux (Roter) comes in to unravel the proceedings.
In the title role, Kimberly Carson gets to seduce the entire cast. There's a terrific scene where she and Hollyfield go at it next to the open casket of her dead husband, who promptly bolts upright to reveals that his death was a phony ploy. Despite some rather contrived reasons to get her into the sack, Carson is a cute little lady, and it's a real delight to watch her go through the motions.
When hurts the production, however, is Roter's directory delusions of grandeur. Although the film succeeds on a technical level, the actors throw out bogus French phrases (Mon Dieu! N'est Pas?) with alarming stiffness. And Southern California is hardly a double for the south of France. No reason exists for the pseudo-European setting.
Faults notwithstanding, Scandalous Simone is still worth viewing for an entertaining story and above-average production values.