The Smut Peddler (1965)

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11-13-65, Terrace Drive In, Summit, MO…you read right, Drive In!

Ever since I saw the trailer to The Smut Peddler, an epic sell of sleaze and grime featuring one of the ugliest guys to ever be in these films which wound up on the first edition of Sleazemania (and now in it’s DVD home on the Defilers/Scum of the Earth disc), I always wanted to know where a film like that would be playing. Knowing of it’s Nov. 26, 1965 Champagne, Illinois showing through the AFI books, and guessing that it played well in New York City, I had a good idea that it was right around the time that the Adult movie scene was already moving towards the Rough and raw or at least the sleazy and kinky after years of Volleyball Games in Nudist Camps. True, what can be seen of this partially lost film is for those who want to see everything unleashed through the New York scene advertised with the words Adults Only and almost up there with the class-sicks by those like Michael Findlay or Doris Wishman, but the advertising for this seriously ranks as one of the most out-there and it’s a part of it’s time, although it must be mentioned that Director William/Werner Rose did make a must-see sleaze flick in Rent-a-Girl while Mondo Macabro fans will know him through the film Girl in Room 2A.

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5-20-66, Amarillo, TX – At the Trail Drive In, a sleaze center of the time. In April,, 1966, it was showing the classic Kiss Me Quick! (RIP, 1977)

The simple story revolves the oyster-loving publisher of Dream Girl magazine, DG Rawlings (DG as in DeGenerate!) – yes that creepy guy you saw guzzling down that seafood delicacy in the trailer – while a lesbian editor keeps the models in line while lavish Nudie publications are released. A Broadway columnist (WB  Parker) attempts to uncover what’s happening and closes the operation. The End…of course after seeing a lot of ends (Drum Roll!).

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9-16-66, Amarillo, this time at the Tex-Art, AKA the Victory – and I dig Go Go club ads, too!!!

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1-28-66, Fresno, CA – The Three Sees in this ad that was censored by the paper are the clues to what you will get in the film. I have never seen it, but have read the plot in the AFI and know that these were titles of DG’s publications.

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9-13-68, at the Strand in Kansas City with Olga’s Dance Hall Girls, the very un-official Olga film that still has a bit of slime that worth a peep.

Maybe it faced too much competition that was further out, (to be fair, it was the age of Olga, the Findlays, Doris Wishman’s smut classics,  Joe Sarno’s sophisticated Adult epics, and even Mitam’s lowest-level creep feasts as well as other top level films like The Defilers), but The Smut Peddler went the way of one of Rose’s other films for American Films Distribution, Professor Lust (pronounced Loost), in that it went out of the way very quietly, but that trailer is certainly worth watching! As of late, a part of the film wound up on the Weird World of Weird compilation from Something Weird Video, offering what has been talked about but not seen for years and possibly over-shadowed by more exploitable and news-making flicks – Professor Lust, however, is still with us and on video through Something Weird Video.

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~ by screen13 on November 23, 2015.

5 Responses to “The Smut Peddler (1965)”

  1. I was curious how do you mean “…went the way of Rose’s Dr Lust…”

  2. Brain glitch! I meant Professor Lust…corrected!

    From what I think, the two films under-performed and by the end of the decade was not seen as much. In terms of business, one could say that they did better than something like Uncle Tomcat’s House of Kittens, but still were clearly not doing the business of something like Bad Girls Go to Hell, the Flesh Trilogy, or the main three Olga films which played a lot. I could be wrong, but that was my impression. The Smut Peddler had a great trailer, though.

    • Odd as the trailer should have clinched the deal…and Professor Lust, which I just saw, is really really great! Also my mind was blown when I realized just by his voice, that the Smut Peddler himself (the actor in the trailer) is one of the main characters in Toys Are Not For Children!!

  3. I firmly agree, and I might be able to find some more plays. The competition was hot, and when a lot of the titles focused on Bad Girls and our favorite Roughie Wonder, Olga, my guess is that a film that partially focuses on a not too presentable oyster guzzling publisher seems like the one that they will choose much even with a title that screams Call Theater for Title and with some nice to look at cuties.

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