Reading, PA is invited to a Party at Kitty and Studs – This Day in Exploitation, 9-23-70
It’s time to swing at the Park Theater in Reading, PA, for a time travel trip that will interest those into the darker side of Cinema history.
The Party at Kitty and Studs includes the early appearance of Sylvester Stallone that will be turned into the “Special Roadshow Engagement” of The Italian Stallion in The Late 70’s. Although today, it would be called Soft after decades of serious X-Rated action, but for 1970 it was the kind of thing that would play at small screens across the nation.The Park was just starting to get into it’s X-Rated era which lasted until it’s closing due to a fire in 1978. Who Killed Cock Robin was a Republic Amusements Corp. release, connecting it company-wise to some better-remembered films of Bob Cresse and Lee Frost including The Pick-Up (originally released through Cresse’s Olympic international) and The Scavengers as well as other films like The Last Step Down which were unleashed to Adult theaters starting in 1969 and into the Early 70’s.
As you can tell, the plot is pretty simple as Kitty and Stud invite a bunch of friends over and have an Adult party, focusing on Stud although time is also given to the other male attendees as well. Stallone was already turning out to be a natural for the camera in his first appearance, although of course this would be shoved under the rug before it’s re-titled re-release as he traveled into more professional film production, but not without another film before his rise to fame in The Lords of Flatbush in 1974 – 1970’s No Place to Hide was one of the many serious message films made in the Early 70’s which would be aka Rebel in the VHS era and would also be subject to a special re-release in The Late 70’s.
In the AFI books, there would be hardly anything noted except for the line of Distributors including Able and Cinex, one of the may films with the “No information” line in the synopsis section, and the more important information had to be known through film fans later on who film by film recognized faces. Most important to fans of these films today is the appearance of Janet Banzet, who was a familiar face in Sexploitation through many films made in New York City including A Thousand Pleasures (Michael Findlay should win a special award for films like that!). The sad part of her story was that she would pass away through suicide in July,1971 with this her final film, non-credited.
This ad from Alamogordo, NM, 5-16-71 is another showing at one of the many smaller Adult screens of the Early 70’s. Sin for a Song is now mainly known to Something Weird Video fans (like yours truly!).
By 1978, this would find it’s best known release as The Italian Stallion, which mainly played at the smaller Adult theaters (In Toledo, it would play the Eastwood in it’s brief X-Rated days).