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 <mmm. ,
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 date
1961
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US $7,500[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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