Island of Lost Girls/How Did a Nice Girl Like You… – Imported 70’s Drive In Double
3-1-74, Anniston – Hampton International’s presentation of Three Golden Serpents, one of the Kommisar X films released by Constantin Film, had a classic Exploitation advertising campaign for what was a playable second-division imported pick up which landed on a number of screens in The US. Starring Tony Kendall and Brad Harris, a fact that was not mentioned in many of the ads, this tale of a search for a kidnapped girl said to have been working for Madame Kim Soo (Vilaiwan Vatanapanich). With Herbert Fux and Walter Brandi as well as the good looks of Monica Pardo and Hansi Linder, it was screen-filler from a company co-led by Robert Saxton which had a few films that got paired off with one another for Drive In use.
It’s B, How did a Nice Girl Like You…, starred Playmate Barbi Benton and had an appearance by the one and only Klaus Kinski. This was picked up by Independent International and re-named The Naughty Cheerleader. Benton’s marquee value thanks to her many TV appearances was very important in getting the movie played more than the other imported Sexploitation tease-a-ramas that were flooding the Drive In scene at the time.
3-8-74, Detroit – This is possibly the best ad of this bunch with more enthusiasm.
5-3-74, Bakersfield, CA – Island of Lost Girls was also marketed with Voodoo Heartbeat, another Ray Molina production. By 1977, this was marketed as the X-Rated Sex Serum of Dr. Blake.
10-7-77, Albuquerque – The Island was viewed at the ever-dependable 66 Drive In, a home of sleaze.
3-30-79, Detroit – The Naughty Cheerleader had a number of plays with Team Mates, but Barbi’s flick remains the only one of interest in here for the obvious reasons.
Barbi Benton also had a short career as a Country singer who released records on Playboy Records – Don’t laugh, Abba had it’s first US release on it too! The video, which was actually from 1978, was from her final album of The 70’s on Playboy which was released reportedly only in Sweden that saw her move into a MOR Pop vein, and it’s rarity is the reason why it’s here at The Scene. At least she looks good!