The First Nudie Musical

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The First Nudie Musical
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Directed byMark Haggard
Bruce Kimmel
Produced byJack Reeves
Written byBruce Kimmel
StarringAlan Abelew
Leslie Ackerman
Diana Canova
Bruce Kimmel
Stephen Nathan
Cindy Williams
Music byBruce Kimmel
CinematographyDouglas Knapp
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 3, 1976 (1976-03-03)[1]
Running time
97 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$200,000[2]

The First Nudie Musical is a 1976 American musical comedy film directed by Mark Haggard and Bruce Kimmel.[2]

Overview[edit]

The movie is a comedy starring Cindy Williams, Stephen Nathan and Bruce Kimmel. Nathan plays Harry Schechter, heir to a Hollywood studio forced to make a musical comedy porno in order to stave off bankruptcy. The movie features a series of farcical lewd musical numbers in the style of classical Hollywood musical comedies including: "Orgasm", "Lesbian Butch Dyke", and "Dancing Dildos." The movie has low-budget feel, with a "musical-within-a-movie" theme in the tradition of Singin' in the Rain but with satirical sexual humor.

An early staple of Cinemax, it has become a cult classic since its initial release and was released on DVD in 2001 and is currently available on Blu-ray on Kritzerland. It was one of several farcical musical-comedy collaborations between Kimmel (who also co-starred in the movie) and Williams, along with The Creature Wasn't Nice in 1981. Originally distributed by Paramount Pictures in 1976, it was picked up by World-Northal in 1977 and re-released to great acclaim, first in New York, where it opened the same week as New York, New York and got much better reviews, played for three months exclusively at the 68th Street Playhouse, and then went into wider distribution - the week it went wide it was the fourth highest grossing picture in the United States.

Production notes[edit]

  • Cindy Williams had started appearing in her hit series Laverne & Shirley when she was called back to film an added slapstick scene involving a camera crane. She wore a hat to cover her longer hair which would not have matched her previously filmed scenes. Although the movie does include a good deal of nudity, Cindy Williams does not appear nude in the film, nor do any of the leading players, save for Alexandra Morgan and Alan Abelew.
  • The video cover promoted a guest appearance by Ron Howard, although his contribution was a very short appearance near the start of the film.
  • Diana Canova, who would later appear on the TV comedy Soap, sang for the film's soundtrack and appeared in the film as the character Juanita ("Eets yust so beeg!").
  • Alexandra Morgan plays Mary LaRue, the sultry star of the movie within the movie. A veteran of experimental LA theater, she fronts the Chorus of Dancing Dildos, throws primadona tantrums about the "unprofessional production," and chews the scenery with gusto.
  • The run-down studio used for exterior scenes was Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. The studio, then called Producer's Studio, underwent a renovation shortly after filming.

Reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times described the concept of the film as "a losing proposition" and found the music "tuneless."[2] Arthur D. Murphy of Variety wrote, "A few clever bits are downed in a larger sea of silliness, forced gags and predictable cliche."[3] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film half of one star out of four, calling it "juvenile" and "flaccid."[4] Alan M. Kriegsman of The Washington Post panned the film for "crude photography, bad editing, sophomoric story and forgettable music."[5] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times was more positive, writing, "Silly, sophomoric, at times downright inept, this little low-budget venture picked up by Paramount is more often than not hilarious, offering good, tonic laughter to those not offended by nudity and blunt language."[6] Leonard Maltin's film guide gave it two stars out of four and noted, "Basically a one-joke idea that wears thin despite an air of amiability."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'The First Nudie Musical' Opening During March". BoxOffice. March 1, 1976. p. 6.
  2. ^ a b c Maslin, Janet (July 25, 1977). "The First Nudie Musical (1975) 'First Nudie,' New Film, Sets Sex to Music". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Murphy, Arthur D. (March 10, 1976). "Film Reviews: The First Nudie Musical". Variety. 22.
  4. ^ Siskel, Gene (March 16, 1978). "The First Nudie Musical". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 8.
  5. ^ Kriegsman, Alan M. (September 5, 1977). "'Nudie': Cinematic Piffle". The Washington Post. B4.
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (May 6, 1976). "Laughs Dominate 'Nudie Musical'". Los Angeles Times. Part IV, p. 20.
  7. ^ Maltin, Leonard, ed. (1995). Leonard Maltin's 1996 Movie & Video Guide. Signet. p. 430. ISBN 0-451-18505-6.

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