Beyond the Deuce – 1966 Memories from the Metropolitan and Shore

•August 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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2-16-66 – The CIP release of Banned was a faked study of the censorship within the Adults Only movie scene of which the company was a part of with films like Violated Love. Although lost, it’s possibly safe to say that it contained several scenes from it’s movies a la Mondo Oscenita from American Films.

The Metropolitan in Manhattan was East of Union Square Park and had a bad reputation in it’s Adults Only years up to it’s closing in 1988. By Mid-1966, it was teaming up with the Shore in Coney Island/Brooklyn playing second-third run films despite the “First Run” claims of it’s ads. Despite that fact, many of the shows were in the rougher part of the scene until the XXX days, with ads that were suitably small and sleazy. The Shore reportedly closed up in 1973.

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4-8-66 – The Sensation Seekers is best known as The Sensualist starring Ilona Lys as Katrina who can’t get any satisfaction in the Greenwich Village scene despite moving from partner to partner. Director Peter Emmanuel Goldman was best known in the art movie scene with this being his only movie Distributed by an Adults Only company, American Films Distribution Corporation. Peter Studies Form is more likely a bit from The Beautiful, the Bloody, and the Bare focusing on the more artistic side of the troubled character and Eves on Skis is a cutie that sometimes played with the other co-feature with Olga movies.

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5-16-66 – Kitty Galore was more commonly known as Pussy Galore, a title known to cause plenty of trouble despite it also being the name of a famous James Bond character. Here, it’s with the legendary Olga’s Girls.

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5-30-66 – The Soul Snatcher may have been light entertainment by comparison to a lot of the other movies around, but it has it’s charms. The return of The Sensation Seekers fills up the second half of the show.

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11-21-66 – The classic Strange Compulsion appears with Honeymoon of Horror, here known as The Golden Nymphs.

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RIP, Peter Fonda – The Wild Angels, The Trip, and Easy Rider in Detroit

•August 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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8-17-66, Detroit – Roger Corman’s classic The Wild Angels ride onto the Motor City area screens including the Downtown Colonial, a 24-7 Grindhouse, and the Mel (soon to turn Adults Only by 1970). The Cinderella would turn into a concert hall and the place where The J. Geils Band recorded their legendary album Full House. It’s opening theme by Davie Allen and The Arrows would hit the local Top 10 on the WKNR charts.

8-16-19, a day before the 53’rd anniversary of this showing, it’s legendary star Peter Fonda passed away at 79 (Respiratory Failure – Lung Cancer).

Although this is an all too brief tribute focusing on the Detroit showings of three of his greatest performances, the power of these films is incredible to remember him by. The Wild Angels, The Trip, and Easy Rider are essential movies and the best tribute in my opinion is to view these films that are trailblazers and influential classics. No excuses to miss any of them!

Never forgotten!

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1-18-67, The second run of The Wild Angels is seen as a B to Dr, Goldfoot and the Bikini Bombs at the Carmen, Lincoln Park, and Kramer. The last mentioned would quietly fade away by around 1977 usually hosting concerts, not least one by Rob Tyner of The MC5 who were already starting to gain ground with regular performances at the Grande Ballroom by this showing.

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10-25-67 – The Trip, another Corman classic, plays the Metro Detroit area with a Grindhouse showing at the Downtown Roxy. A serious Late 60’s classic featuring innovative special effects, excellent Sunset Strip location footage, exciting music, and great performances from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in a film written by Jack Nicholson.  The Cinderella, Kramer, and Rivera are among it’s indoor screens while most of the area’s Drive Ins tripped out under the stars.


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11-26-69, Detroit – The Drive In scene rides easy with this triple feature of AIP Biker Flick goodness featuring the stars of the classic Easy Rider.

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10-16-70, Toledo – Although I don’t have many ads from the Glass City, this East Side appearance of Easy Rider proved that someone must have been in the know to program it with the legendary If… starring Malcolm McDowell. Counterculture classics under the stars!

The Scene of Screen 13 Returns – Some Recent and Rare Finds

•August 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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1-28-76, New York – The classic documentary Manson shows up in the New York area for a one-week show with a 42’nd Street showing at the Times Square.

It has been a long long time since I last posted here, but things with the Scene of Screen 13 on my Facebook page have continued the adventure in grand style and the posting on the Something Weird Video fan club letting followers know that I’m still living in sin with the movies, music and madness. It’s great to know that the articles here continue to spark interest and that things will move at a steady pace with the growing collection of ads with some of the visual goods to entertain you. Plus, expect some spicy things that are exclusive to this page…stay tuned!

Now onto some eye-opening recent finds!

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10-7-67, Honolulu – One of the recent finds that have dropped jaws has been this amusing ad for Batman Fights Dracula at the Palama. It’s still lost as I write this.

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6-7-73, Montgomery – The Jet brings on the Euro Tease in I Am Frigid…Why? starring Sandra Juilien and Directed by Max Pecas. The Audubon release had only some success, but it played some of the theaters that usually played these films like the Jet Drive In, of which I plan to feature here soon. The B was The Love Lords, made by Roberta Findlay (who need no introduction to regular readers of this blog) and including some music that will remind some of you of The Slaughter, better known as Snuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1-28-76, New York/Manhattan – At the same time as Manson hitting the Gotham screens, And then Came Eve was showing at the Avon Hudson while Farewell Scarlet was at the 86’th St. East.

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2-18-72, Selma – AIP put together two daring for it’s time films that played with topics that were controversial and not very joyful when all is said despite some fine performances. Some of My Best Friends Are… is a little-played film set at Christmas Eve in a gay bar that reportedly is very dark although one that some viewers could relate at the time although modern viewers can look for appearances by familiar faces like Gary Sandy (WKRP), Gil Gerard and Fannie Flagg to lighten the experience.  The B was Lola, originally released as London Affair and Twinky and co-starring Charles Bronson and Susan George in a story that would possibly never be made today given both the age gap and that such a relationship was always looked down upon even if it failed very quick as it would – don’t worry, Schoolgirl Susan was actually around 19 while making this film, so you can go La-La-Lolita while not worrying about getting a ticket to Hell, but there were ads that warned viewers of the potential danger of such a relationship in real life despite the 80 Drive In’s message here that “it does happen” although the British setting gives it that extra 70’s edge one might look for.

 

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10-23-70, New York – To wrap this up, here’s a second run ad for Eugenie with a 42’nd showing at the Selwyn after it made it’s run at the New Penthouse.

Screen 13 has Returned (again!)

•May 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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5-22-70, NYC – I seriously wish I had the “Frustrations” that were going on at the Capri in 3D, but the last few days have been crazy upon crazy at Screen 13 Headquarters. A change in computers, moving files (thankfully I have everything Screen 13 related!!!), and getting things together all over again. Thanks for hanging around while this is going on. Hopefully, things will run smoothly “Without a Stitch” (42nd Street showing at the Victory).

“In” in Minneapolis – “High” in San Francisco – Another Film for Further Research for The Scene

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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5-27-70, Minneapolis – The Suburban World is “IN” with a showing of the infamous Canadian Underground film by Larry Kent previously known as High. After an opening in San Francisco in 1967 which hinted at the growing darkness in the Underground scene, it was unleashed in Toronto in Early 1968 with an intense story about it’s censorship troubles surrounding it’s showing before finally getting an opening in it’s shorter cut in Montreal in October.

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5-29-70 – Starring Astri Thorvick as Vicky and Lanny Beckman as Tom, and made in Montreal with music by a band called The Side Tracks of which I seriously know nothing about (The AFI lists them in it’s Catalog at least), High tells the story of a librarian and a Pot dealer who roam around the the 1967 model Montreal Underground and get themselves into more dark sides of life when the money is low including Prostitution and theft while finally get involved with a murder of one of Vicki’s customers in the Laurentian Mountains. In a way, this looks like it’s the Canadian Garage Punk Cousin to the younger European Hippie Junkie of Barbet Schroeder’s More (1969) – in other words, despite the Sexploitation promotion Joseph Brenner gave it in it’s US release, which appears to have been the full version that looks like it was was a self-imposed X – and possibly for good reason – this is clearly a more serious happening.

I wonder how the audiences in 1970 expecting a sexual psych-out reacted…

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2-14-69, San Francisco at the Presidio Theatre. More…no pun intended…later!

For a writer’s memories from back in the day, Michael Walsh offers up a stunning story of what happened back in the day in Toronto.
https://reelingback.com/articles/in_search_of_fulfillment

For a closer look, A Bitter High is found on You Tube that tells it’s tale – Part One is here.

Rare Ad Madness from the Screen 13 Files

•April 28, 2019 • Leave a Comment

4-11-69, Paramus, NJ – Hywel Bennett has really got a hold on Hayley Mills in this still from Twisted Nerve which was used for this ad during it’s showing at the Paramus Theater at the Garden State Shopping Center.

During the time away from this Blog, I have been gathering and organizing many of the ads in my collection while reserving a special rare section which collects the most unique and interesting of them. Time obviously does not allow me to put them all in one shot, but here’s a start of the fun that might bring back memories or just simply drop your jaws. In this day and age of movie ads that all look the same, this should make younger readers interested in a time when promotion was more spicy and sometimes dangerous.

12-22-78, Edmonton – Just hear those “Slay” bells ring out for the appearance of Halloween at the Rialto 2. While this is one of the most iconic Horror movies of all time, it has a hardly used ad mat which has made some readers surprised.

9-8-67, San Fransisco – Although the one-sheet for this version of the Psychedelic Sex Kicks ad is very common in collector’s circles, it was only used in the papers a few times. To be honest, the likeness to George Harrison based on the legendary photo of his visit in Frisco area in ’67 is seriously close so a little change had to happen. “It’s a stone’s groove”!
7-2-26, Anniston – It’s troubling when I come across a title like so Long, Blue Boy – here re-titled as College Affair – and still know nothing about the details other than that it stars Anne Seymour, featured Richard Gates (Kentucky Fried Movie) and it deal with a young gay artist. The B, The Goddess of Death is best known as Sexcapade in Mexico which was recently re-released by Something Weird Video and Directed by William De Diego (Dead End Girls).
8-22-75, Boston – Unless one is a dedicated giallo fan, The Flower with the Deadly Sting is a title hardly mentioned not because of the quality, but the fact that this has had few showings outside of Europe. Showings of this Carroll Baker film were very rare in The US where she was returning to after a career in Italy starring in a number of noted films that have achieved cult status including Umberto Lenzi’s Orgasmo (Paranoia). Baker’s next appearance was in Andy Warhol’s Bad which did very well, but her next chapter was in the rare as rare can get The Sky is Falling with Dennis Hopper which was seen in very few places, not least in St. Petersburg on a start-up Cable station, although she continued like the true legend she is.

5-5-76, Boston -The final rare ad for the evening focuses on the final theatrical showings of Johnny Firecloud as just Firecloud with a an ad that featured nothing connected to the plot and an image that made it look like a violent Sexploitation flick of the day. One thing is right besides the credits, the “if you like” style hype is actually pretty accurate although kind of desperate following an OK showing on it’s first run which showed the troubles with more mainstream-aimed (in this case non-Sexploitation) Independent productions of the Mid 70’s and beyond which had here-and-there showings that did better on TV (I first saw it on WXON, for example). David F. Friedman knew how to sell his films, but sadly the market for where he was trying to go into with releases like this was starting to fade away enough for him to return to where he worked best for a few more years before taking a rest.

Sin and Sleaze – April 25, 1969

•April 25, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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4-25-69, New York – Succubus, Jess Franco’s trail-blazing and slightly surreal work of erotica, makes it’s way into the New Penthouse and Pacific East theaters. With Janine Raynaud the focus of attention, the film’s touches of BDSM and Gothic for it’s time imagery were lost on the critics and possibly most of the public that was expecting a more in-you-face experience, but I’m convinced that there were a few viewers who were drawn into it’s trip despite never knowing until later that it was a 1967 European release which helped explain it’s level of erotica that seemed quint for an X-Rated film.

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4-25-69, Sioux City – the “Hammer” falls down on the 75 Drive In with The Devil Rides Out starring Christopher Lee and promoted in The US as The Devil’s Bride and The Vengeance of She with Olinka Berova plus two other shockers for a good night out at the Drive In with The Power and the Roman Polanski’s Fearless Vampire Killers.

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4-25-69, LA area – The Walls Have Eyes is a straight forward made in Florida story of a hotel with a peeping tom running around starring Jody Baby and Blood Freak’s Steve Hawkes. Although it’s ad was a cool freak out, the film itself was a standard B&W sleaze story that worked in that ultra low-budget kind of way although the “warping” of the soundtrack to The Trip did get a bit irritating. One for the lower-level of adult sin-emas including the chain that comprised the Downtown Rialto, the Hollywood Apollo (once known as the Apollo Arts), the Long Beach Star (hardly known about), and the Santa Ana Guild.

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5-2-69, LA – the Walls Have Eyes would later move to the Mayan 21 mentioned in one of the many wonderfully sleazy blocks of small ads.

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4-25-69 – Hardly anything is known about Ragina’s Secrets except that it was one of the many films that toured the American Adult theaters at the hub of the 60’s and 70’s. That it was Distributed by Fine Products marks it as a West Coast production. Still, the ad is great, and that’s Sexplotiation, although it will not be as great as how Franco did it.