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Cinema #8: Snow White Meets Deep Throat (Part 1)


When I look through old newspapers during porn's golden age, I am constantly amazed at how the X rated films are advertised right alongside the mainstream movies - even family oriented pictures. This is something you simply do not find in papers today. Of course, nearly all the adult movie theaters have closed down. Regardless, the sight of seeing a Disney film pictured right next to a hardcore sex flick still blows my mind.

Consider this a sort of part II to "70's Porn Chic", a previous post on Retrospace. I think it's the perfect way to illustrate the sexual permissiveness of those days.

I promise these ads are not cut and pasted next to each other.  If you question their authenticity, I encourage you to dig up the movie listings in these theaters - you'll see that these are completely legit. Scout's honor. So without further rambling, here's a gallery of vintage newspaper ads with X rated films side by side with mainstream Hollywood films.  Enjoy!



Debbie Does Dallas next to The Aristocats (ad 1980)


This is one of my favorites. A Woman's Urge next to The Sound of Music.


"A secret cult of lust craved witches" next to movies with Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, and Carol Channing!


Choices, choices. A movie about the life of Jesus or an X rated movie by the Candid Camera guy. Hmmmm.


This is convenient. Send the kids to Disney's Little People movie while you check out Teenage Cheerleaders.


And here's where I got the title of this post...


I'm not sure what a "Cream Day Banana" is, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't belong next to Pooh and Tigger..... or does it?

11 comments:

  1. Oh, goody!

    Just as I mentioned in my comment on your '70s Porn Chic' post, it seems that this happened in your town, too.

    Do I get an 'As Suggested By' star?

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  2. Jerry Lewis opened a bunch of family theaters because he claimed he saw "Which Way To the Front?" and "Deep Throat" on the same marquee. This is doubtful since the movies came out two years apart, but I can see how his argument could be plausible.

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  3. Not at all surprised. I remember seeing ads for "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Story of O" when reading papers in the 70s. Not sure if they were juxtaposed against Disney movies, but it had to have happened.

    I note that MAD magazine picked up on this in the 70's with a parody of XXX ads and kiddie movie ads together. Of course the one I remember parodied Snow White! (For some reason one never stops wondering about Ms. White and the dwarves--see also Durex ad.)

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  4. flying under the radarJanuary 11, 2010

    WHICH WAY billed with DEEP THROAT is plausible for a variety of reasons. Films had long afterlives on the 2nd run/drive-in circuit, and revenues for a double bill were divided evenly between the two films even if one was obviously the real draw. Also, WHICH WAY could have been a "chaser" to empty the theater out after DEEP THROAT.

    Starting in the late 70s, a lot of local newspapers (including big ones like the L.A. Times) refused to carry first advertising for X-rated films then refused to even include listings. Truth be told, the bulk of the audience for these things pretty much viewed the product as interchangeable anyway.

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  5. amazing ads! love these.

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  6. I'm laughing so hard at these! Love the ads you find

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  7. Blimey, some of these are so wrong! :)

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  8. I'll concede that films once had a longer shelf-life and theaters used clean films give them an air of legitimacy. I still think Jerry Lewis' story is made up in the same way a politician might say something like "I was just in Ohio talking to Jane, a mother of three..." Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it's the best way to get a point across. He probably did see a similar juxtaposition somewhere. At one time people, particularly of his generation, thought this would become the norm for all movies (which also explains the articles in MAD.) It didn't help that the ratings board didn't copyright the X rating. It was meant to encourage more things like CLOCKWORK ORANGE and MIDNIGHT COWBOY without having to go through the ratings process, but instead opened the floodgates for more porn.

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  9. wavingpalms - Your last comment was very insightful, definitely deserves a star.

    Sam Henderson- Jerry Lewis is not to be trusted.

    David M- I seem to remember that MAD parody. Today, Disney's rabid legal team would eat the magazine for breakfast.

    flying under the radar - I forgot about the "chasers"! I seem to remember that Don Knotts fish movie playing after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for just that reason!

    McJeffry, Amy and Richard - Thanks for the comments! Glad you enjoyed the post.

    Sam - As I said, Jerry Lewis is not to be trusted.

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  10. Fun for the whole family indeed - while you're seeing "Teenage Cheerleaders" and the kids, "Little People", you can take Grandma out for the day to see George Burns in "Oh God" while they're putting a new set of KM100 whitewalls on your Country Squire!

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  11. This is great. Jesus, did it bring back memories. So great to see those drive-in movie triple features.
    Thanks!

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