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The Golden Age of Porn or porno chic refers to a period in heterosexual commercial American pornography that began in 1972. Following mentions by Johnny Carson on his popular TV show, the movie Deep Throat achieved major box office success despite being rudimentary by mainstream standards. In 1973 the far more accomplished, but still low budget, The Devil in Miss Jones was the seventh most successful film of the year, and was well received by major media. It became obvious that box office returns of very low budget pornographic films could fund further advances in the technical and production values of porn, making it extremely competitive with Hollywood movies. There was concern that left untrammeled the vast profitability of pornographic films would lead to Hollywood being infiltrated and influenced. In the event, within a year the United States Supreme Court had made pornographic films easy to successfully prosecute for obscenity, thereby greatly restricting their distribution and profit potential. (Full article...)