14 January 2018 | Michael_Elliott
One of Wishman's Better Films
Too Much Too Often! (1968)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Mike Torson (Buck Starr) is a good looking male prostitute who spends his day going from one woman to the next racking up a good living. He also has a side gig of a blackmailer because his dream is to own his own place on Park Ave. At first his plan is going well until he blackmails a guy and then falls in love with his daughter.
Doris Wishman's TOO MUCH TOO OFTEN! is a fairly entertaining film from the cult director, which also serves as a departure for her. If you go through her filmography you'll notice that she usually shot movies with ladies in the lead so it's quite rare to have a film of hers that follows a male. The male prostitute is a rather interesting character as he's part dreamer and part crook. Of course, being a Wishman sexploitation picture there are also plenty of naked ladies.
The sexploitation side of the film is quite good as we see countless beautiful ladies in their full glory. These type of films were made for the "raincoat" crowd and there's no question that Wishman at least delivers some good looking ladies and the nudity runs throughout the picture. The film also works as a film noir as there's a crime element that is brought into play and this too was quite good. The love story aspect isn't that believable but it's far from bad.
I wouldn't say Starr gave a "good" performance but it's at least good enough for this type of film. He certainly has the right look for the material. The film clocks in at just 72-minutes so it runs pretty fast and for the most part TOO MUCH TOO OFTEN! is one of the director's better pictures.