The Adventures of Lucky Pierre

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The Adventures of Lucky Pierre
Adventures of lucky pierre poster 01.jpg
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Lewis H. Gordon)
Produced by David F. Friedman (as Davis Freeman)
Written by Herschell Gordon Lewis
David F. Friedman
Starring Billy Falbo
Lawrence J. Aberwood (as Lawrence Wood)
William Kerwin
Music by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Larry Wellington[1]
Cinematography Herschell Gordon Lewis
Production
company
Lucky Pierre Enterprises
Distributed by Something Weird Video
Release dates 1961
Running time 70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US $7500[2]

The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is a 1961 nudie cutie film created by exploitation filmmakers Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman. The first of its kind to be filmed in color,[3] the film starred comedian Billy Falbo. It was unique for its time and genre, adding successful comedy to the nudity and sensationalist material.

History[edit]

The film was conceived by Lewis and Friedman when film distributor Alfred N. Sack offered the two $7000 to create a single-reel, "color 35mm film of cute girls carousing around with beach balls, or whatever."[4] Upon learning of this reel, another distributor offered a deal to expand the film into a full-length feature film. The two spent around five hours writing the film,[5] and, with Falbo, proceeded to film the movie over a four-day period in Chicago, Illinois.[4]

Plot[edit]

The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is a series of vignettes featuring the title character, Lucky Pierre, in a series of unrelated storylines involving scantly-clad or nude women.[6] Pierre, named after a childhood rhyme Friedman and Lewis remembered, would end up in a short segment where he encounters various naked women – for instance, in "Drive-In Me Crazy", Pierre attends a drive-in movie where the ticket taker and concession workers are all nude women who also appear in the film he's seeing.[7] In another, Pierre, as a painter, has three nude women posing for him in a park,[8] and another vignette had Pierre come upon two sunbathing women while birdwatching.[9]

Reception[edit]

The film was a financial success, grossing over $12,000 in a single theater over a week's run upon opening,[10] and continued to enjoy financial success while avoiding the type of censorship previous exploitation films such as Mom and Dad faced.[11] The film ushered in a new form of sexploitation film, the "nudie cutie", and Friedman, who worked with the American Film Institute to catalog such films for them,[6] estimated over 600 Pierre-style films were released between 1961 and 1970.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Something Weird Video release of The Adventures of Lucky Pierre.
  2. ^ Quarles, 158.
  3. ^ Rockoff, 32.
  4. ^ a b DVD Talk interview.
  5. ^ Friedman, 265.
  6. ^ a b Friedman interview.
  7. ^ Quarles, 159.
  8. ^ Friedman, 262.
  9. ^ Friedman, 263.
  10. ^ Friedman, 271.
  11. ^ Friedman, 272-274.
  12. ^ Friedman, 264.

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