Are You Ready to Go On THE HARD ROAD?

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Meet 17-year-old Pam (Connie Nelson). Already given her child to adoption, she drops out of school and gets a job at the office of a Manager (Gary Kent) who happens to have a client in one of Pam’s favorite singers (Roger Everett) and a two-way mirror. At an after-show party, she’s introduced to Downer-Dosing Jeannie (Catherine Howard) who happens to be in a Druggie Relationship with Jimmy (a brilliant performance by John Alderman!). Along the way to a Acid-spiked meltdown at the end, she meets more druggies and also discovers that she may carry a “Communicable Disease” and has to face the anger of her position-aware mother (Liz Renay!). Jimmy finally gets thrown into jail and the Iso Tank, Pam is left alone at his apartment (who’s landlord is played by Pussycat Theater’s Jay Fineberg!) and takes the Sugarcube that sends her out the door in a trip that ends when she gets struck by a car in the middle of the night at the airport she was at all day (catch an appearance by Death Dummy if you look very close).

 

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Throw more drugs at a party hosted in a motel with a Weekly-paying Tenant in a room that looks like a sleazy swinger’s pad, the required painted VW,  the must-have violent addict attack, the hospital birth scene (with Greg Coratio as the Doctor!), a scene where Pam is thrown into hustling for Jimmy for his drug money, and a VD reel hosted by Byron Clark as a slightly-suspect looking doctor, plus a very ugly looking transvestite played by on of the members of the production (!), and you have got The Hard Road!

Still, you have to see it to experience it!

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When I first caught this ultimate Bummer of a film that looked like it was made in 1969 and unleashed in 1970 right when the news of the violence at Altmont was starting to get reported and the Manson Trails were under way, I was very interested in when and where it played. A serious reflection of the post-hippie comedown which was made with Nudie flick regulars and Directed by Gary Kent, who’s career was very versatile through the decades, The Hard Road actually was a good Drama which was also the ultimate feel-bad flick right next to She Should’ve Said No when it came to say that everything was bad enough for one to even think twice and three times before venturing out the door. The VD reel in color must have made viewers wide-eyed!

Of course, I will try to get all the ads that I can, but this is to give you an idea of how it played.

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Santa Cruz, 2-4-70

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El Paso. 11-6-70

OGDEN-UT-11-19-70

Ogden, Utah, 11-19-70

SAN-ANTONIO-12-23-70

San Antonio 12-23-70

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LUBBOCK2-3-71

2-3-71, Lubbock, TX

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11-5-71, Chicago. This is a very Something Weird-centric capture!

EL-DORADO-TX-1-26-73

1-26-73, El Dorado, TX – the Love Commune was once Sign of Aquarius and was also promoted as Ghetto Freaks!

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Any Lee Michaels fans know his concert history – looks like the Whiskey to me!

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Jay Fineberg as the landlord

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I’m sure that’s the Sunset Pussycat theater!

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…and the Death Dummy!

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~ by screen13 on October 8, 2015.

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