Edited by RichardW on 8/27/2015, 7:56 am
A few random disjointed unconnected meaningless thoughts:
1 - Someone who never stopped making roughies: Jess Franco. Or maybe I should say he devolved into making nothing but roughies in pursuit of his muse and his fetishes. But he was a European.
2 - There was a Joseph Sarno roughie shot in Amityville, Long Island NY. I'm forgetting the name of it now, but it was a color 1970s roughie. The most interesting thing about the film is that it was shot on the canals and shows the back of the "Amityville Horror" house perhaps a couple of years before that ghost story became news. I had friends in the neighborhood and knew my way around it, and recognized the house in the background when I saw the DVD, although I don't think anyone has ever noticed it.
3 - I want to recommend a bi-coastal roughie called SATAN IN HIGH HEELS (1963). It travels by plane from Hollywood to Greenwich Village. Almost too professional to be a roughie but not quite professional enough. Not quite a noir, but almost. It co-stars Grayson Hall who would soon become nominated for an Academy Award (NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, 1964) and become famous for DARK SHADOWS:
4 - Roughies were a big influence on Woody Allen. I'm absolutely sure of it. There used to be a persistent buzz in New York that he had made a couple of roghies in the early-1960s with his friends but would never show them publicly. He probably scorched them. I'm a dedicated Woody Allen fan and I've collected ALL his films and books, but let's be honest, he had a filthy mind before he grew up.