First Nudie Musical, The (1976)

First Nudie Musical, The (1976)

“The stunt-cock is here!”

A director (Bruce Kimmel), producer (Stephen Nathan), and secretary (Cindy Williams) try to save their film studio from bankruptcy by making an adult musical within two weeks.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Let’s-Put-On-a-Show
  • Musicals
  • Satires and Spoofs
  • Sexuality

Response to Peary’s Review:
This “minor but amusing parody of both porno films and ‘let’s-put-on-a-show’ musicals” was a box-office flop at first, but eventually became a cult hit (a process which Peary describes in great detail in his second Cult Movies book). Cindy Williams shows great promise as a comedienne — a talent borne out in 1981’s quirky UFOria — and she’s surrounded by a cast of “spirited and brave” co-stars. While I agree with Peary that highlights most definitely include the auditions and the “Dancing Dildoes” number:

… I disagree that the film’s visuals “aren’t erotic enough”; this movie intends to satirize porn, not aspire towards it.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Cindy Williams’ dead-pan performance as Rosie
  • The hilarious auditions
  • The amusing songs (including “Lesbian Butch Dyke” and “Let Me Eat You”)

Must See?
No, but it’s worth a look as one of the few attempts to explicitly bridge the worlds of adult films and mainstream movie-making. Discussed at length in Peary’s Cult Movies 2 (1983).


One thought on “First Nudie Musical, The (1976)

  1. First viewing. Not must-see.

    This one-note ‘novelty item’ is a rather hard film to find – I just now came across it by chance on YouTube. It wasn’t particularly worth the search.

    Yes, there is the odd amusing moment but the musical score isn’t all that engaging; it’s not particularly clever and it more or less just trots out the obvious. (~though I will say that Diana Canova, as Juanita, gets a stand-out sequence with the song ‘Perversion’ – not because it’s a great song but because Canova knows how to make the most out of what she has to work with).

    Personally, I think the film wears out its welcome when it’s not too far along. I was mostly bored.

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