Dirty Pictures and Hassled Hooker play Toledo 10/21/77

Dirty Pictures and Hassled Hooker play Toledo 10/21/77

This was one of the occasional cases that an imported film playing at a Drive In in The Late 70’s was not a Sex Report, Schoolgirl Report or a Stewardess Report although it had a little of what was part of the program to get played back in the day. In fact Dirty Pictures is by the one and only Umberto Lenzi that is now easy to find as a British DVD under the title of Oasis of Fear, which I think was also a title that it played under in the US a couple of years before.

The clip is in it’s original Italian version, but it should give you an idea of the chemistry between Irene Papas, Ray Lovelock, and Ornella Muti in one of her first films. A couple (Lovelock and Muti) travel through Europe while swelling erotic photos to pay for their way until they run out of luck. Being mistaken for a couple on the run,they hide out in a garage before being found out by Pappas, and the story heats up from there.

Lenzi is well known to the Scene with films like Eyeball, The Seven Deadly Orchids, and Cannibal Ferox to his credit while Muti would turn into a very well known actress through her long career, although back then her style was perfect enough to attract lower-end US Film distributors who wanted more European sights that would guarantee many plays through the country. It was great Drive In fare to those who still liked it European at that time, which meant that it played well fr what it was even if it was a film made in 1971.

In Cougar Films’ short lived history, this would be one of the few that would hit the Toledo area along with another Double Bill in Encounter With the Unknown and So Sad About Gloria.


This Double Feature was one of many Distributed by Cougar Films, the people we met while discussing Messiah of Evil which they picked up in 1977 – and both Messiah and Oasis of Fear were Distributed through International Cine Film circa 1975. Around Late 1976, Cougar bought the Distribution to a huge number of films from International Cine FIlm to be played around the US in the usual B Screens and Drive Ins, which was in my opinion was a little too late as the epic mentality was being ushered in by Jaws and, in the Summer of ’77, Star Wars, making it seriously impossible for a lot of their out-of-date films to get played especially as they were not the usual sexy thrills Drive In audiences wanted, although some of their Horror pick ups did get some screen time. After finding difficulty in keeping their business afloat, they hoked up with another dying company in Doty Dayton films which specialized in Children’s films. (also of note is Roy Frumkes’ film Shriek Out with Judd Hirsh which reportedly did not get released but announced in Boxoffice as a release).

Despite the title, reportedly Hassled Hooker was Eriprando Visconti’s 1972 film that was more Courtroom Drama than what the audience wanted. At least it had Terrence Hill.

You take your chances…

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~ by screen13 on February 25, 2014.

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