A Wild Scene with William Rowland, Ed Wood, Joseph F. Robertson, a Love Feast, the Doctor, the Women, and an Outrageous Machine…Maybe

•January 13, 2018 • 1 Comment

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9-19-70, Chalreston, WV – In the mixed up world of The Wild Scene, a Doctor (Alberta Nelson) is writing a book about the troubles of the youth in the Now Generation that puts the Old Age line at 26 (even if some of the actors look at least like 27!) and deals with her Daughter’s happenings as well. Four Star Excelsor must have had something against these kids as it already had another “shocking expose” called The Hard Road ready to hit the screens with it’s over the top mix of Anti-Drug movie and VD reel. Still, these troubles made for some jaw-dropping classic Sin-ema that never gets boring, especially if you happen to know someone who resembles any of the stereotypes in these tales.

Just to remind you…THE WILD SCENE!

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10-23-70, Cincinnati – The Wild Scene shows up with the 4 Star (the company, not a rating!) film The Rebel Rousers and also with AIP flop Cher flick Chasity.

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6-20-71, Kingsport, Tenn. – The Wild Scene was about to be put to rest after this showing in Kingsport, although I thought at one time this was going to have another life until I stumbled upon something very interesting. with Rowland’s next Exploitation adventure.

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5-28-71, Asheville – Around the same time as The Wild Scene’s final showings, Rowland was carrying Al Zugsmith’s The Outrageous, Unbelievable, Mechanical Love Machine which had a few showings before a lawsuit form Columbia who said the title was too close to The Love Machine. The Temple of Schlock did a double check on the credits and promotional stills with this film and a Zugsmith movie with the same list of actors you see in this ad, M. A. Ripp’s Presentation of The Very Friendly Neighbors, and found them to different. Recently, my research just may have a link to what happened next if not all of the story.

http://templeofschlock.blogspot.com/2013/03/movie-ads-of-week-very-friendly.html

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8-13-71, Chicago – The Machine was found in Chicago playing with what seems to be Ed Wood’s nudie epic Love Feast, sometimes known as Pretty Models all in a Row.

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7-15-72, Charleston, WV – While Ed Wood fans know that Love Feast was made for Joseph F. Fobertson, this ad shows that Rowland and Donald E. Leon had some part in presenting it through the Early 70’s run it had. While “Rated X”, it was a film that could be played without many problems at Drive Ins that booked the Soft X flicks on a regular basis. The B, The Doctor and His Women might have sounded like The Wild Scene, but even one look at the minimal credits suggests that it’s seriously different – maybe the Outrageous Machine under it’s AKA that has not been confirmed.

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5-27-72, Kansas City – To hammer in more Wood pieces together, the Love Feast/Doctor and the Women double bill was thrown together with The Very Sensuous Wife, AKA Ed Wood’s Mrs. Stone’s Thing, also a film made with Robertson. For some reason, I’m thinking that this “Doctor” may be connected to the Outrageous Machine. I don’t think this had any Wood participation in the script department, but you never know.

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8-16-73, Beckley, WV – Your guess is as good as mine, and we may not know the truth.

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Something for Everyone…Adult! Random Ads 1969-70

•January 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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7-3-70, Reading, PA – Starting sleazy at the Park in Reading, this show includes one of the classic creepers of the day in Don’t Just Lay There. This may be the only time we will get to see some visual ad for Last of the Two Dollar… that looked like it was done for that much!

The Scene is having a organizational party and you are invited and encouraged to look through all of the random wildness that could not be fit into any focused article (yet!).

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6-5-70, LA – the White Coat films were about anything they can talk about. L-dopa was actually a happening in the erotic scene back in the day as now.

For a more serious look into, check out this article, but there are some bodybuilding forms that sometimes discuss the more “romantic” effects.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-DOPA

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6-5-70, LA – This Jefferson Burke is a different one from the one known today. There is a Dream of Body by Pat Rocco under another name said to have been released in 1972 when one looks at the IMDb, but knowing the underground nature of most of these films it’s possibly this film playing in 1970. Signature also had one of the many Denmark Documentaries of the era and Song of the Loon.

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6-5-70, LA – the Apollo, Star, and Rialto chain of theaters were one of the lowest-level, but they are of serious interest for the rare and lost titles that made up a lot of their programming. Sometimes, you really want to see what these films are like even if you already know the very low-budget sleaze that’s in store.

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7=24=70, LA – I wonder if this was filmed in the same “jail” as Caught in the Can.

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1-29-70, NYC – Village Voice! The all male shows have some boots that were made for more than walking on the wild side while the Cine Lido plays another hot White Coat happening that was all over The US at the time.

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2-5-70, NYC – Sticks and Stones should be a familiar title to Something Weird Video fans.

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9-12-70, Danville – so much attention is given to the South in Pelham, NC, but the North had a lot of rare and sexy shows too.

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12-11-70. Daytona  – you have to love these “new policy” ads!

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7-10-70, Chicago – Quite an evil selection! Sinthia, the Devil’s Doll is at the Image, with a “Le” to make it look arty…ooooooh!

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5-22-70, Chicago – By throwing in the “In” to The Spy Who Came, it made it sound more serious to those who knew.

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10-10-69, El Paso – Just asking before I find out if the Loretto Shopping Center was one of those strip malls where you could find a “Storefront” if you were lucky. Sadly, time was running short for these theaters due to the usual anti-smut league problems.

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4-4-69, LA – One for the Pat Rocco fans.

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1-3-69, Long Beach – I don’t think that this theater is mentioned in the Cinema Treasures, meaning of course it’s one of those small smut centers.

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3-14-69, LA – The Mayan 21 was a smaller alternative to the Pussycat on 5’th and Hill which played a better variety of films that were not as distinguished as the legendary theater’s. If you were lucky, you could get to see a WTF classic that was passed to them.

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4-5-68, San Pedro – Humm…someone was playing with fire with the name.

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10-11-68 – Messing with the big league will only bring you trouble. The Baby Doll was a cool name that will not get passed today in the PC culture, but was fine for The 60’s as the 1956 film was already a classic (and was about to be re-released by Cinemation).

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9-13-68, Miami – by Early 1969, these ads would be forced to go word-only.

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9-5-69, Reading – Ending off where we started…better leave them alone!

Mondo Mansfield – The Life of The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield 1968-71

•January 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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6-12-68 – Ft. Meyers, Florida – Almost two months after the legendary Mondo The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield opened in New Orleans in April and almost a year after her untimely passing, it’s regular run starts up in Florida. Produced by Southwest Pictures, more of whom this article will get to later (Clue: Bob Clark), it was picked up by a number of distributors including Blue Ribbon, a go-to Sub-Distributor for many Exploitation movies of the day that went to the then-large Drive In market in the South including some of those by HG Lewis. Planned for a couple of years possibly with Mansfield’s still strong European audience in mind and played to some success in the American Drive In and Adults Only markets, it was infamous for using voice-over artist Carolyn De Fonesca to “narrate” (she dubbed in her voice in Dog Eat Dog and Primitive Love) and various footage of the star’s Nudie breakthrough in Promises Promises as well as photos of the ill-fated car crash which killed her and her attorney Sam Brody on June 29, 1967 in New Orleans.

Produced by Dick Randall, a serious Exploitation legend who was already connected to some of the notable B movies of the day, not least Shangri-La and Go! Go! Go! World (Mondo Inferno), as well as Jayne’s Primitive Love, the tribute was Adults Only from the get go and following on her appearance in Spree, the Mondo on Las Vegas. This was not aimed for those who like to remember her only from the Girl Can’t Help It heyday and more as a souvenir of her image as a star in Europe complete with visits to clubs in Paris (including one focusing on gender-crossing), “learning” to strip tease, a cute scene on a boat with Rocky Roberts and the Airdales (who’s “The Bird is the Word” was already familiar to those who saw the twisted Watch the Birdie – Dick Randall possibly set it up), and scenes with Mickey Hargitay from the Loves of Hercules and Primitive Love. To me, the scenes of the Topless scene in The States including a clip of The Ladybirds (reportedly they seriously rocked on stage) and sexy comedy that did not feature Mansfield were all last-second additions to get the film completed as well as Hargitay’s visit to the Pink Palace mansion (no longer in existence, just in case), but they work in their own way for a perfect package for the Drive In and Sexploitation market.

Joel Holt, known for narrating the Olga series, The Soul Snatcher, and Chained Girls, as well as announcing on the trailers of many American Film Distribution films could also have been a part of the connection for this classic scene…

Those who are more used to Mansfield’s Hollywood legend might get a kick out of watching this one has not seen it already, but should not expect anything too serious and plenty of tasteful sexploitation. Those who already know what happened in the 60’s, including various B-films like The Fat Spy (soooooo bad, but perfect for movie masochists) and Las Vegas Hillbillies would have possibly already seen it. Sadly, her final film Single Room Furnished which was released later in 1968 would be overshadowed by this, but would be loved by serious fans as a film that contained some of her best acting and be thought of as a real tribute in the long run.

She was seriously more than this despite her focus on  any publicity that was to be used, but there were those who already knew – the rest of the world would catch up later as usual.

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7-26-68, Amarillo – An interesting night with Jayne, Hollywood Drugsploitation, and a hip Blake Edwards film at the Trail Drive In.

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9-11-68, Anniston – Naturally at the Skyway, screen to many a Sexploitation film.

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9-27-68, Lubbock – Focusing on the tragedy to sell the film alone was not a great idea no matter how much it figures into it.

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8-9-68, New Haven, Conn. – the Lawrence would turn into an Adults Only cinema by the decades’ end. Interesting to note that a film showing a star’s breakdown “in the near future” called Privilege starring Paul Jones was showing on a competitor’s screen. No matter what the setting is or how serious it can get (Privilege was one for the hipper Art Houses), the story of a quick rise and fall makes for a good story.

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9-11-68, San Bernardino – By this time, the “Mondo Mansfield” line was used.

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10-18-68, Carbondale, Illinois – An interesting pairing with Albert Zugsmith’s On Her Bed of Roses highlights this Illinois showing. The notable Director worked on a few scenes for Mansfield’s Dog Eat Dog (When Strangers Meet) in 1964 and was headed to his own Sexploitation-focused career after working in Hollywood through The 50’s.

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10-22-68, Kittanning, PA – Another almost tasteless pairing highlights this showing – a film called The Frozen Dead was the B…we roll eyes and move along (after seeing the films).

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10-25-68 and 10-27-68, Louisville – Showing with the Sexy Action flick The Girl Can’t Stop was proof of this film’s standing with the Drive In scene. In a possibly jaw-dropping tasteless decision, a film called Once Before I Die was programmed, but Ursula Andress was a marquee value name at the time.

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12-11-68, Detroit – The Fox was Detroit’s Exploitation canter back in the day, so The Wild, Wild World was a perfect fit. This time, the B was the much loved Witchfinder General, better known at the time in The US as The Conqueror Worm.

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12-27-68, Wilmington – Celebrity reality at the Price’s Corner DI is focused with a second feature in Larry Buchanan’s cool The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde.

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2-28-69, Cincinnati  – Here is where we meet up with Bob Clark as The Wild, Wild World is paired up with She Man, the future star Director’s second film which many Exploitation film fans respect and love. The Mondo’s interview with a female impersonator dressed as Jayne (again, I think filler footage) was kind of a perfect fit as there was a underground cult for the starlet. The sexy Import Drama The Wicked Go to Hell served as feature #3…humm, programmer comment?

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8-15-69, Kansas City – A surprising showing at an Adult house hits the Kansas City area.

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12-18-70, Indianapolis – Connecting with Ron Ormond’s Please, Don’t Touch Me and Untamed Mistress was the end of the theatrical history of the Wild Wild World. While it was third after a classic Frigid Wife flick (aka Teenage Bride) and an Ape Suit movie, this still played somewhere.

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8-1-71, Anniston – One more time at the Skyway before heading into cultville, “bad movie” shows (one in LA in 1982 played this), and the VHS culture that turned it into a must-see flick for all cult movie fanatics before Something Weird Video’s DVD gave it the ultimate treatment…although in this Blu Age, anything further is possible.

Troc ‘n’ Roll! The Burlesque Name Game Continues

•January 10, 2018 • 1 Comment

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It’s time The Scene lightens up with a bunch of Face Palm Award Winning burlesque names who showed up at the Troc in Philadelphia. As you can tell, the women in these ads were seriously not the ones on the stage. The business is still strong, but it’s now a respected Music theater – I wonder if they remember this era.

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6-23-72 – New faces and names while using the same ads sometimes!

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Screen’s Random Captures – Sordid and Smokin’ 70’s

•January 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

 

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3-30-73, Akron – Starting off with a great promotion for a trio of New world nurse movies at the Magic City Drive In.

It’s time for another random sampling of hot promotions that could only be from the 70’s and Early 80’s.

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10-1-76, Detroit – Kind of looks like the same two from the San Antonio ad!

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11-3-72, Philadelphia

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9-18-76, Louisville

 

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4-24-72, Binghamton

 

 

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6-6-75 – The final years of X-Rated Theaters being allowed to promote their shows like this was a good reason to buy the papers. You need some relief from the bad news.

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4-1-77, Mansfield

 

 

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7-16-76, Montreal

Adult Fun at St. Petersburg’s Playhouse 1966-67

•January 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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10-28-66 – St. Petersburg’s Playhouse was in it’s first month of playing Adult movies after starting it’s new program with Radley Metzger’s The Alley Cats for two weeks (more on that later) and continuing with the Bob Cresse/Lee Frost epic Mondo Bizarro. Formally the Patio, the theater continued to play mainstream movies for the downtown St. Petersburg area until the Fall of 1966, possibly a victim TV taking away the family audience. It was a successful theater for a while mainly due to the wild ads it created that sometimes obscured the titles (mentioned in the listings) or whipped up new ones with great graphics that usually had nothing to do with the films playing.

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11-25-66 – David F. Friedman’s classic A Smell of Honey, A Swallow of Brine was changed to A Smell of Wild Honey for this ad.

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12-9-66 – In the listings, this was a showing of Joe Sarno’s Naked Fog with the Nudie Watusi short.

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12-16-66 – This was a showing of Mondo Pazzo, Women of Pleasure, and Twisted Sex.

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1-20-67 – The Dirty Girls was highlighted in this double feature with The Dictionary of Sex.

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2-3-67 – It was an Albert Zugsmith showcase for a week featuring Fanny Hill and the Incredible Sex Revolution.

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2-10-67 – Doris Wishman’s My Brother’s Wife and Barry Mahon’s the Girl with the Magic Box made a visit.

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2-17-67 – Michael Findlay’s classic sordid Sin Syndicate was the focus of this show. 1000 Shapes of Female was the co-feature.

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3-3-67 – Nothing religious going on here! Olympic International pick-up Massacre of Pleasure was featured.

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3-17-67 – Night Women was Claude Lelouch’s lost Mondo film made before the Director made A Man and a Woman. The 1’st Street Theater was a little known place where it showed some Roughies through it’s life.

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1-24-69 – One of the last ads before turning all word-only featuring the Olympic International film You.

By 1969, more likely due to enforced censorship, the ads turned into black word-only blocks in an era of growing competition within St. Petersburg and Tampa when movies were starting to get more spicy. No thanks to the papers reducing most Adult Movie ads to small blocks by 1971-2,the Playhouse was seriously effected by both the lack of allowance to promote and possibly a whole new generation doing business at other theaters enough for it to shut operations by the Summer of 1973. After the Adult Theater’s closing circa 1973, it turned into a dinner theater, a sports bar, and maybe some small Drama theater, but it was abandoned in recent times.

Sadly, it’s reported that any hope to revive the building is gone according to a couple of comments on the Cinema Treasures page on the theater.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/32375

The Love Object’s Rare and Rough Ad in Richmond and Getting “Tied Up” With Ginger and The Brutes

•January 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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9-24-71, Richmond, Indiana – The Love Object, Don (Ginger) Schain’s rough smut starring Kim Pope, had a playing at the Bel Air with Dario Argento’s Bird With the Crystal Plumage. This was one of the rare times when this fit-to-be-tied ad was used.

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1-29-71, Louisville – The Love Object was usually first thrown in a bill with Ottavio Alessi’s The Seducers (originally Top Sensation).

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4-3-71, York, PA – The Columbia Drive In, known for sleaze on a regular basis, had the Love Object with The Seducers.

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4-2-71, Bridgeport – Another early campaign was used, but too little effect. The B inthis showing was the British comedy the Tomcat, also Distributed by Brenner.

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3-17-72, Dubuque – The more familiar image for The Love Object was used more after it’s first run. A showing with the legendary Ginger, Distributed by Brenner, was a popular drive in programmer.

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4-14-72, Louisville – Don Schian returned to the tie-ups the Abductors in both film and in the ad. In my opinion, The Abductors is the best of the Ginber series.

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5-10-72, Kansas City – The famed Hiway 40 DI was known for being the go-to place for the good stuff, and true to form it revises the classic second ad concept for The Love Object.

Wilbur and the Baby Factory was a Boxoffice International Comedy.

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11-10-72, Anniston – the rare Abductors ad was used for the Bama showing.

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11-15-74, Chicago – By 1974, The Love Object was usually paired with Cry Rape, originally played as The Brutes. Helga Anders stars in Roger Fritz’s rough 1970 film.