Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The 'Young Marrieds' Odyssey, Part One by Greg Dziawer

Ben exits the Nude A Go Go in Ed Wood's The Young Marrieds.

Loser of the Week

Sportscaster Stu Nahan
I remember Stu Nahan (1926-2007) as one of the color commentators in the Rocky films. Not yet in my teens, I don't think it occurred to me that Stu Nahan was essentially playing himself. For the better part of 30 years, from the 1970s through the '90s, Stu was a sports anchor in the Los Angeles television market. Early on, he appears to have had a bad week in the local press, the very same week that Ed Wood and crew were shooting the exterior location of the strip club in The Young Marrieds.

In this week's Ed Wood Wednesdays, we're taking a trip down La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood, circa spring 1971.

I'm sure many of you noticed the two moments in The Young Marrieds when Ben exits the strip club, and quickly rushing by behind him as the camera follows him, we see a sign on the building. The club, as identified by Joe Blevins previously here at Ed Wood Wednesdays, is the Nude A Go Go. We can make out part of the sign to the right of the entrance in the first shot of Ben exiting, and the sign to the left of the door reads:


Not sure what this meant exactly, I inferred it might have something to do with Stu having made a sports prediction (or predictions) with a computer, obviously novel at the time. The prediction(s) must have been wrong, and were likely regarding an LA team, as the proprietors of the Nude A Go Go saw fit to dub Stu their Loser of the Week. Incidentally, the sign also listed Fidel Castro and Richard Nixon among its losers of the week. But what was this all about?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The Wood Loop Orbit, Part Three by Greg Dziawer

Ed Wood's career in loops comes further into focus this week.

Swedish Pre-Rotica
Ed Meese's report on pornography.
In last week's Ed Wood Wednesdays, we took a glimpse at Ed Wood's possible involvement in writing editorials for the Pendulum family of magazines. Ed was then working as a magazine staff writer at the Pendulum offices on W. Pico Blvd. in LA. In 1969, Ed's boss Bernie Bloom went into the film business, launching Cinema Classics, run by his son Noel. Ed wrote and directed three features (that we know of) for Cinema Classics/Bloom: The Only House in Town, Necromania and The Young Marrieds. While we've outlined correspondences between the latter two films previously and obsessed over orbital loops, we've neglected to mention how instrumental Noel Bloom was in the production and distribution of said 8mm loops. And how risky it was to deal in porn circa 1970, even in North Hollywood.

Take this with a grain of salt, as it is Uncle Sam's spin from The Meese Report (1986), and note that Bernie is absent:
Noel Bloom, doing business as California International Distributors and Cinema Classics, is a major Los Angeles based distributor of 8mm films. He has been arrested several times on local misdemeanor obscenity charges and has one Federal arrest for Interstate Transportation of obscene matter (ITOM) charges which resulted only in a guilty plea by the corporation.

But what about the loops? By my estimation, conservatively, there are four or five dozen loop series produced and/or distributed by Noel Bloom in the first half of the '70s, Swedish Erotica by far the most prolific and durable. Ed penned subtitles for many of these loops, and perhaps played a larger creative role, listing over 700 "short picture subjects" on his resume from 1971 through 1973. We have summarized these possibilities before. To reiterate: Ed wrote subtitles for a variety of Bloom-related loop series, and likely edited some. And the consensus remains that Ed "made"―interpret that as you will―the first nineteen Swedish Erotica loops. (If we here enter auteur territory, I disagree, but that's another matter.) 

Within the possible terrain of Ed's involvement, within this week's Orbit, I've randomly (no kidding) selected a handful of box cover summaries from Bloom-related loop series. When I say "possible" I mean "definite." You be the judge:

Fanny Films #12 Bikini Girls 
Three of the most luscious girls decide to vacation at a beach resort...swimming...luxurious lodge and room...and then they discuss sex and what girls might do together. The kissing starts, the nakedness becomes apparent, finger fucking becomes evident, then one of the girls produces a couple of dildoes...therefore they find themselves sucking each other and fucking with the dildoes and in most cases, licking each other at the same time...beautiful bodies on beautiful girls, doing something different and sexually explosive.

Pussycat Films #5 Spring Lust 
Spring, and the young girl's fancy turns to...SEX...rugged, hot, cock sucking sex. But there isn't only cock and cunt sucking on her mind. She wants to get every inch of the male prick into that cunt...deep into the harvest nest of her love box where the juices stream with passionate heat. She is turned on to all the joys a bedroom can offer...and she adds a few touches of her own along the way...right up until the wild come scene. 
Logo for Blazing Films
Blazing Films #6 Swimming Party 
Several couples are relaxing by the pool, but soon one couple leaves to escape the heat indoors; only to find each other's temperatures starting to boil. With the sexual abandon of youth, they explore each other's deepest passion before exploding in thundering pleasure.

Danish Films #2 Terrorized Virgin 
Two men bent on rape, kidnap a pretty girl from the park and lug her to their pad. There she is forced to suck them off as well as get fucked by both. Her tongue is bound to turn the watcher on as it licks away at their cocks and balls. Then the come completely fills her mouth as she licks it down into her throat.

Garter Girls #5 Tit for Tit 
Shirley is desperately in love with Toni and they have been living together for some time. It is because of this that these girls know everything the other wants in their desires to sexually please each other. They herewith share their sexual adventures with the viewer of this of the most exotic, erotic lesbian adventures ever to find its way to the motion picture screen. This is a turn on for both the boys and the girls...Two luscious bodies entwined in the secret loves and passions of the Twilight World.

Again, you be the judge. Bonus uncensored images related to the above-mentioned loops have been posted to the Ed Wood Wednesdays Tumblr. Enjoy them.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The day Mary Worth and Mark Trail switched places!

Writing comics is easy and fun!

Sometimes, it doesn't take much to transform a mediocre or poor comic strip into a great one. The elements are all there; they just have to be properly arranged for maximum effect. Take Mark Trail and Mary Worth. Currently, both of these long-running serialized strips are mired in very slow-moving, creaky storylines with little appeal to newcomers. The title character of Mark Trail, a nature writer and adventurer, has apparently stumbled onto some kind of crime ring while on his way to study ferrets. Some no-goodniks have kidnapped a very passive blonde woman for reasons that remain unclear. Meanwhile, the heroine of Mary Worth, a sixtyish advice columnist, is taking a cruise with her much younger friend, Toby, and might wind up interfering in the lives of strangers while on the boat.

Ho-hum, right? Pretty standard fare for both series.

What I did with these strips is simply swap the dialogue. Now, both comics are more intriguing. Mark Trail seems to be complicit in a human trafficking operation, while Mary has lost all interest in "helping" others. It's called playing against type, and it works like gangbusters.

For comparison, the originals are here and here.