History of Sex in Cinema:
|Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description|
Goldfinger (1964, UK)
In the third James Bond 007 film Goldfinger (1964), James Bond (Sean Connery) delivered a number of sexy double entendres, one of his many traits.
He first met pretty Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), the blonde assistant/escort of the film's main villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), when he entered the cheater's hotel room. He found Jill reclining on the balcony using binoculars to report on the cards of Auric's opponent through an earpiece. He cautioned her: "You're much too nice to be mixed up in anything like this."
Bond threatened cheater Auric to lose $15K or he would call the local Miami police, and Goldfinger in rage broke his pencil in two. The free-spirited Jill then encouraged Bond: "I'm beginning to like you, Mr. Bond...More than anyone I've met in a long time, James." He invited her to "the best place in town" for dinner - and then Bond romanced-seduced Jill on the balcony.
He later bedded down with her in his hotel suite with room-service catering, including Dom Perignon '53 champagne. The couple were interrupted when he received a call from CIA agent Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) for dinner, and Bond declined: "I'm sorry, I can't. Something big's come up," agreeing to a 9 am breakfast instead. As Bond laid on top of Jill and commented: "It's lost its chill," he was referring to a champagne bottle on ice near the bed.
When he went to the refrigerator to get another freshly-cooled bottle of "passion juice," he was knocked out from behind by Auric's henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata).
When he revived, he staggered into the bedroom, finding Jill as an unfortunate victim of skin suffocation by gold paint as retaliation for her betrayal. She was sprawled dead and naked on the bed - an unfortunate victim of Goldfinger's revenge. He reported the murder to Leiter: "She's covered in paint. Gold paint."
The film also featured Honor Blackman as sexily-named Bond Girl "Pussy Galore."
See this site's section on Greatest James Bond Girls.
Kiss Me Quick! (1964)
Peter Perry's science-fiction, "monster nudie-cutie" film, from sleaze producer Harry Novak (his first produced film), was a zany, horror comedy - with exceptional cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.
The sexist film had an incredulous plot about effeminate and asexual Sterilox (Frank Coe), an ambassador from the Buttless Galaxy and the all-male planet of Droopeter.
He was teleported to Earth, to the castle of demented Dr. Breedlove (Max Gardens)(similar to Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) , and Universal Studios' Frankenstein films). Sterilox's objective was to find the perfect female specimen to breed a race of servants.
Dr. Breedlove attempted to perfect a potion of Sex Fizz, offered to his three Sex Bombs in order to get them gyrating and undulating their hips and breasts ("Dance, dance, you little Sex Bombs!"). The three Sex Bombs, dancing buxom strippers to the tune of 60s surfing music, were:
Unimpressed by them, Sterilox asked to see more women, and Dr. Breedlove complied by switching on his Closed Circuit Television Tom Peeper Device. When Sterilox looked through a portal, he saw many more females, dressing, undressing, etc. in the lab, swimming pool, and working out in the exercise room. He also watched a lengthy strip-tease performed by Gertie Tassle (Althea Currier).
Eventually, Breedlove insisted that 'girl Friday' KissMe (Jackie De Witt) accompany Sterilox on his journey home. A new shipment of females arrived on a conveyor belt, to be labeled with rating stickers - like meat.
(Jackie De Witt)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Now rated PG-13, this crude, sordid and lesser film about debauchery (marital and extra-marital sex) from Billy Wilder received a condemned rating from the Catholic Legion of Decency for its allegedly smutty and vulgar tale. It was the first major Hollywood film to be "condemned" following Baby Doll (1956). To avoid controversy, UA shifted the film's publicity and distribution to their art-house subsidiary, Lopert Films.
The foundation for the suggestive film was Anna Bonacci’s 1944 Italian bedroom farce L’Ora della Fantasia, which had been adapted into a play titled The Dazzling Hour. It was also based on the subsequent Italian film Wife For a Night (1952, It.), starring Gina Lollobrigida.
The farcical sex romp told about an opportunist, amateur songwriter and neurotic piano teacher Orville J. Spooner (Ray Walston) who was married to beautiful wife Zelda (Jack Lemmon's real-life wife Felicia Farr). When heavy-drinking, Las Vegas entertainer and suave playboy Dino's (a depraved, self-parodying Dean Martin) Italian sports-car was sabotaged by deceitful gas station owner Barney Millsap (Cliff Osmond) in their town of Climax, Nevada, he became stranded. Aspiring lyricist Barney was hoping to help his partner Orville sell his songs to the crooner during his overnight visit.
The jealous Orville hired naughty and buxom roadhouse cocktail waitress/floozy Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak), who worked in The Belly Button on the edge of town, to pose as his wife Zelda for $25 for a night. He was concerned that his marriage was in jeopardy, knowing that Dino's insatiable, horny amorous attentions would be focused on Zelda. (Zelda had a long-standing juvenile crush on Dino, evidenced by her presidency of the Dino fan club in high school.) And one-track-minded Dino claimed he suffered debilitating migraines if he didn't get laid every night!
It was a case of swapped identities and sexual partners, when Orville treated Polly as his wife (and spent the night with her), and Zelda (who had fled to the Belly Button) was mistakenly thought to be Polly by Dino and succumbed adulterously to his sexual desires.
Orville (Ray Walston) and Zelda (Felicia Farr)
Polly the Pistol
Polly and Dino
After an era of 'nudie-cutie' films from 1959 to 1963, sexploitation film-maker Russ Meyer turned to this 'roughie' rape-revenge film. Some states prosecuted the backwoods infidelity and rape film for obscenity.
The rural sex film was advertised with the tagline:
It starred 42C big-bosomed voluptuous star Lorna Maitland as an unsatisfied married woman ("too much for one man") who was raped by an escaped convict in the woods after a nude swim in a swamp.
Subsequently, she had her sexuality awakened, although her unfaithfulness led to her murder (a baling hook to the chest).
This film was another of Alfred Hitchcock's tales of sexual perversity and obsession - billed as a 'sex mystery' with the questioning tagline:
It featured the prudish title character Marnie/Mary Edgar (icy blonde Tippi Hedren) who was sexually frigid. Her deep-seated problems were due to trauma when witnessing as a young 5 year-old (Melody Thomas Scott) her 20 year-old prostitute mother Bernice Edgar (Louise Latham) being attacked by sex partner and pedophile sailor (Bruce Dern)).
Marnie was also a compulsive kleptomaniacal thief (who acquired power over men by stealing from them).
The film featured handsome James Bond co-star Sean Connery as her blackmailing playboy boss and newly-wed husband Mark Rutland in a much-debated scene (was it passive rape or a case of frigidity?). During their honeymoon cruise to Fiji, he asserted: "I very much want to go to bed" - a euphemism for sleeping with her.
He hungrily advanced toward her, kissed her, ripped off her nightgown (the silky garment fell to her feet), embraced her, laid on top of her on the bed and took her (his face filling the entire screen). She stared upward in a frozen, paralyzed catatonic state - completely lacking any passion or emotion, but then the scene cut away to a porthole.
In the scene of the revelation that Marnie had killed the sailor (although her mother stood trial in her place), Marnie's mother also admitted that at age 15, she had allowed a boy named Billy to have sex with her in exchange for his basketball sweater.
The Beach Party Film Series:
Beach Party (1963) was a musical comedy made by American International Pictures (AIP), a low-budget, exploitative, and successful film company, founded in 1956. It was the first "beach" film (mostly to drive-in theatres) starring popular 24 year-old singer Frankie Avalon, now-buxom 21 year-old ex-Disney Mickey Mouse Club Mousketeer Annette Funicello (as Dolores or "DeeDee" in later films), Robert Cummings, and Dorothy Malone.
AIP realized the lucrative buying power of this new demographic group and advertised the fluffy film alluringly: "It's what happens when 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 beach blankets." However, wholesome star Annette Funicello - still under contract to Disney, was legally forced to not appear in a bikini, and to express repressive sexual attitudes, although she wore a non-revealing two-piece suit!
Pajama Party (1964) included more sexual innuendo. It starred Annette Funicello (as Connie) and poor substitute Tommy Kirk (her former Disney co-star), and Frankie Avalon only in a short, red-tinted cameo role as Socum. It was a low-budget teen film with lots of shimmying and shaking - about a teenage Martian named Go-Go (Kirk) who landed on Earth to study the lovemaking rituals of Earthlings and fell in love with Connie.
Pajama Party (1964)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
In Sidney Lumet's controversial yet mainstream film drama was condemned by the Legion of Decency although the MPAA gave it a seal of approval. It was the first US film to show a woman nude from the waist up with bare breasts that was granted a Production Code seal, because the nakedness was regarded as integral to the story. This ultimately broke the back of the Production Code's restrictions.
It told about a Holocaust-surviving husband - a bitter old, upper Manhattan pawnbroker named Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger) who had anesthetized himself emotionally. His breaking point came when a breast-baring black prostitute (Thelma Oliver), the girlfriend of his employee Jesus Ortiz (Jaime Sanchez), offered herself to him:
A fast series of clips alternated between shots of the prostitute, himself, and his brutal, intense flashbacks of Nazi guards readying themselves to sexually assault his humiliated wife Ruth (Linda Geiser) (also seen briefly topless) years before.
After witnessing the cruelty of the concentration camp, he now interpreted sex as dark and evil - he covered the young topless woman with her raincoat, and gave her a $20 dollar bill.
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)
Writer/director Tommy Noonan also starred as Himself in this unfunny and unusual low-budget sex comedy that was taglined: "The Screwiest Comedy of the Year." The ribald screwball comedy was heavily publicized by nude photos of Mamie in a bathtub in issues of Playboy Magazine (although she refrained from being nude in the film).
It was one of the earliest films to have a big-name actress appear in various states of undress. It hoped for the success of Noonan's previous film Promises! Promises! (1963) with blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield.
The mostly black/white film tipped off the viewer to the potentially sexy scenes - they were in color.
Mamie Van Doren played the role of Saxie Symbol, calling herself "an exotic dancer" instead of a stripper. She met struggling out-of-work actor/comedian Tommy Noonan (as Himself) in an unemployment line, and brought him back to her apartment, where she lived with two roommates:
To save money, the three "nuts" hired Tommy Noonan to share their problems with renowned headshrinker Dr. Myra Von (Ziva Rodann). He acted out their psychological neuroses during a one-hour appointment, in twenty-minute segments. When his recorded therapeutic sessions were accidentally aired on television, the viewing public became fascinated by his unusual problems.
(Mamie Van Doren)
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