Screen 13 Dateline – March 23, 1966 – Detroit – Part Two!
3-23-66, Detroit – another piece of the puzzle is found. To those who were actually there back in the day, I’m sure that these mentions of the Art and the Harbor in one capture was a missing piece of the puzzle. In research, that’s the joy of discovery, especially when it comes to ads like these which resulted in one of the many examples of censorship because of the mention of the three letter word starting with S. So many films, so little time…
Before I move on with the post, time for a music break. The Standells’ classic “Dirty Water” was just starting to break into the US music scene at this time, moving into the Bubbling Under section at #132 for it’s 3-26-66 chart. The impact will be big in a few months. The clip was from 1967, but the sound is part of the perfect soundtrack for 1966 – a #11 nationally and a #4 on WKNR by Summer.
The Art seriously should be mentioned as it was one of the first in the area, and I’m sure that it played all of the trailblazing films and plenty of the wanna-bes and screen fillers we love just as much. Located a little north of the Highland Park Woods-Six area that’s at the north end of the city limits, it stayed possibly until 1973, when it slightly changed it’s name to L’Art in trying to compete with the new breed of Porno theaters. Both the Gem and the Art would face tough times through the next decade.
Earl Cartwritght’s Wild Wild Girl is a lost film Distributed through Empire Film distributors who also put Three Unholy Virgins and Abortion into the theaters. Starring Krystall Ball (love those stage names!), the story centers around a sheltered girl who turns into the kind of bad girl these films had by the dozen – prostitution, lesbianism, drugs, bad checks, a fighter boyfriend, a father who duped her, and suicide all figure into the film.
To Bed on a Bet faced a lot of re-titles in the papers including To Bet on a Bet and was connected to the main feature. Another lost film, this Bet features the tale of two couples who are actors involved in a play about husband swapping who take the concept of method acting too far which results in one jealous husband and a dead wife. There’s hardly any credits to write about either from the IMDb or the AFI books.
The third feature, World of Flesh is more like the shortened title of Hollywood’s World of Flesh from Olympic International.
The East Detroit/Capri and the Harbor in Ecorse got into the Art of things with Jose Benazeraf’s tale of a kidnapped woman who gets into a sordid love triangle in Sexus and Marcel Bluwal’s Paramount film Paris Pick Up. Sexus was one of the films distributed by Audubon in The States.
With the lack of any trailers, why not another music break? If it’s the Rolling Stones threatening The Beatles’ grasp on the pop scene with “19’th Nervous Breakdown”, damn straight it’s going to happen – although the Liverpool legend’s “Nowhere Man” is a stone classic, too. A #2 National/#4 Detroit hit, this was a must-have single that many bands were learning from (Don’t worry, Detroit will see “Paint it Black” go #1).
A must-have album of the day was The Best of The Animals. At that time, the legendary band who inspired every Garage Punk group with an Organ player who was allowed to bash on the family organ after it was found out that nobody was playing it any more was changing and changing members. Thankfully, their list of hits compiled into a solid kick ass album that had to be listened to. At that time, the album would peak in the US charts, but would run a very long time even when Eric Burdon was going Psychedelic. This was their Late 1965 single that turned into the declaration of Teenage Independence written by Brill Building writers Roger Atkins and Carl D’Errico, but brought to serious life by Eric Burdon who makes the song his own.
HOLD ON! I also forgot to mention the Herman’s Hermits flick playing in The D on that day as well! Their tour with The Who in the next year would be legend when it hit Michigan.