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Old February 9 2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Gene Roddenberry's Sexploitation film

Why did I hear this from Cracked!? (#5, 2nd down on the page) In all my years here, this has never come up before! We, as a community, have failed one another.

ETA: Link is PG-13, but possibly NSFW
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Old February 9 2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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Why did I hear this from Cracked!? (#5, 2nd down on the page) In all my years here, this has never come up before! We, as a community, have failed one another.

ETA: Link is PG-13, but possibly NSFW
We may not have known about this... but we all knew Roddenberry was a pervert. Cracked is late to the party.
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Old February 10 2011, 12:29 AM   #3
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Well, I didn't know about the movie. But now I've got to see it!
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Old February 10 2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Isn't this common knowledge? I saw the movie on Swedish TV a long time ago.

Not a very good movie though, I'm afraid. But ok, it does have a lot of naughty school girls in it..
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Old February 10 2011, 12:40 AM   #5
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Re: Gene Roddenberry's Sexploitation film

This film is not a secret. It is so bad it should be though.

And this thread really doesn't have anything to do with Star Trek, other then sharing a writer. I think it would be best served in General Media. Hitting the button... now.
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Old February 10 2011, 06:37 AM   #6
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Re: Gene Roddenberry's Sexploitation film

Are there actually Trek fans who’ve never heard of Pretty Maids All In a Row? I mean, the film isn’t that obscure. Written and produced by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Roger Vadim, it’s a lightweight mix of sex comedy and murder mystery (okay, not much of a mystery, really).

Among the cast are two faces familiar to Trekkers: James Doohan and William Campbell. There’s also Keenan Wynn, future Kojak Telly Savalas, and Roddy McDowall, who at that time was in everything.

The picture looks like it was filmed at Teen Model High. Vadim may have been better known for the women in his life -- Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda being the most famous -- than for his filmmaking talent. But you can't fault his eye for beauty.

Oh, and Angie Dickinson looking insanely hot and doing a discreet nude scene. What’s not to like?
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Old February 10 2011, 06:42 AM   #7
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All I've heard about it is a brief reference in (I think) Inside Star Trek: The Real Story. It looks like a terrible movie that might be amusing in a perverse sort of way, though.
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Old February 10 2011, 08:44 AM   #8
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It's hardly a secret and not that naughty. It was an MGM film (can't get much more white bread than that), and Gene spent most of TOS' third season away from Desilu to work on it.
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Old February 10 2011, 10:39 AM   #9
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Gene and porn? That's offensive! Ban Gene Roddenberry!!!

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Old February 10 2011, 11:49 AM   #10
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How bizarre
I have never heard about this before either.
Seems Gene also broke other barriers during his career..not sure if there is anything to add to that.
I have never heard about this before either.

Is this out on DVD yet?
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Old February 10 2011, 01:26 PM   #11
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jayrath wrote: View Post
It's hardly a secret and not that naughty.
Gene's Tarzan film would have been far naughtier.
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Old February 10 2011, 03:10 PM   #12
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Gene and porn? That's offensive! Ban Gene Roddenberry!!!

It was hardly porn. It was an R-rated movie. But this was just three years after the introduction of the R rating, which allowed nudity in "legitimate" commercial films for the first time in the US; and I think Pretty Maids was one of the first films to take advantage of that freedom. (I once read that it was the first R-rated film with nudity in it, but I've never found any corroboration for that claim.) So it may have been considered pretty daring for its time, but it'd be pretty tame by today's standards. Or rather, the nudity would seem more tame today. The subject matter, teachers seducing students, probably seems more shocking today than it would've in 1971, when society wasn't as sensitive about issues like sexual harassment and exploitation of minors.

I've been aware of this film ever since I saw its script for sale in the old catalogs from Lincoln Enterprises, Gene and Majel Roddenberry's mail-order company which sold memorabilia, scripts, and the like from Star Trek and other Roddenberry productions (as well as a couple of non-GR productions such as Kung Fu). But I've never managed to see it.
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Old February 10 2011, 03:35 PM   #13
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Heard about it and saw it at a convention back when I still went to cons. Pretty "eh...so other than the fact that Roddenberry worked on it why am I suppose to be interested in this?"
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Old February 10 2011, 03:40 PM   #14
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Christopher wrote: View Post
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Gene and porn? That's offensive! Ban Gene Roddenberry!!!

It was hardly porn. It was an R-rated movie. But this was just three years after the introduction of the R rating, which allowed nudity in "legitimate" commercial films for the first time in the US; and I think Pretty Maids was one of the first films to take advantage of that freedom. (I once read that it was the first R-rated film with nudity in it, but I've never found any corroboration for that claim.)
Definitely not! There are quite a few movies through the latter half of the 60s that were R Rated with some nudity. Coogan's Bluff, to name a fairly mild example.
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Old February 10 2011, 07:18 PM   #15
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^Well, the MPAA's R rating wasn't created until 1968. There were some earlier films that did include nudity in some cuts, but it was controversial. Or so I read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudity_...instream_films
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