Director Lance Comfort was an experienced feature film director before moving to the production and direction of B pictures. The two on offer here are gems in their own way. Firstly, you get both established players as well as up and coming stars. Secondly, you get good location filming and finally stories with a bit of a punch.
Liz Fraser manages to get young Tony Wickert into trouble in The Painted Smile.
Jess Conrad, who looked even younger then, manages to get Christina Gregg's character Carol pregnant and himself shot dead!
Running through both films are the morality issues of the day and Kenneth Griffith is a nasty piece of work in both films, brilliant.
The 1960s music is a plus and Craig Douglas sings the title song on Painted Smile and Jess Conrad, well he's just Jess.
Both films will also be of great interest to collectors of Mancunian Films as the producer on both is Tom Blakeley. Good quality prints make this a welcome addition.