Cherry, Harry and Raquel

California: Eve Productions / Panamint Films, 1969. Collection of 9 vintage black-and-white studio press still photographs from the 1970 film. Included is a manila envelope with the film title in holograph ink on the front, from the Pussycat Theatres in Hollywood, a chain of theaters that operated throughout California from the 1960s to the 1980s, specializing in pornographic and sexploitation films. This type of theatre was, presumably, a more consistent outlet for Russ Meyer and similar filmmakers than those that featured mainstream Hollywood films.

A small-town border sheriff and marijuana smuggler sets out to kill a rival drug dealer, while his girlfriend has a dalliance with another woman. The first Meyer film to feature full frontal male nudity, a rarity even in sexploitation films at the time, and quite the introduction to soon-to-be Meyer’s regular Charles Napier.

Meyer shot several new sequences late in production, about a quarter of the film’s runtime, either to replace footage lost by a photo lab, or because an actress left the shoot early (the reason is disputed). The new sequences, unrelated to the original ones, give the film an almost surreal quality, leading Roger Ebert to call it “possibly the only narrative film ever made without a narrative.”

The film was one of the most successful of Meyer’s career, leading him to return to and refine this style in subsequent films, peaking with Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens in 1979.

8 x 10 inches. Light edge and corner creasing, else Near Fine.

[Book #139265]

Price: $325.00