Private Parts (1972 film)

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Private Parts
Private Parts (1972).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Bartel
Produced by Gene Corman
Written by Philip Kearney
Les Rendelstein
Starring Ayn Ruymen
Lucille Benson
John Ventantonio
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Andrew Davis
Edited by Martin Tubor
Penelope Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Premier Pictures
Release date
  • September 8, 1972 (1972-09-08)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Private Parts is a 1972 psychological thriller film with some elements of horror and comedy, directed by Paul Bartel as his feature film debut. The film stars Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, and John Ventantonio.


When Cheryl and her roommate quarrel, Cheryl moves into her aunt's skid-row hotel in downtown L.A. rather than return home to Ohio. The lodgers are strange, Aunt Martha is a moralizer obsessed with funerals, murder is afoot, and the inexperienced and trusting Cheryl may be the next victim. She wants to be treated like a woman, and she's drawn to George, a handsome photographer who longs for human contact but sleeps with a water-inflated doll and spies on Cheryl as she bathes. Jeff, a neighborhood clerk, may be Cheryl's only ally in what she doesn't realize is a perilous residence haunted by family secrets. And, what happened to Alice, a model who used to have Cheryl's room?


  • Ayn Ruymen as Cheryl Stratton
  • Lucille Benson as Aunt Martha
  • John Ventantonio as George
  • Laurie Main as Reverend Moon
  • Stanley Livingston as Jeff
  • Charles Woolf as Jeff's father
  • Ann Gibbs as Judy
  • Len Travis as Mike
  • Dorothy Neumann as Mrs. Quigley
  • Gene Simms as First Policeman
  • John Lupton as Second Policeman
  • Patrick Strong as Artie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PRIVATE PARTS (X)". British Board of Film Classification. 1973-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 

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