The Gay Deceivers

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The Gay Deceivers
Directed by Bruce Kessler
Produced by Joe Solomon
Written by Gil Lasky (story)
Abe Polsky (story)
Jerome Wish
Starring Kevin Coughlin
Brooke Bundy
Lawrence P. Casey
Jo Ann Harris
Michael Greer
Music by Stu Phillips
Cinematography Richard C. Glouner
Edited by Reg Browne
Renn Reynolds
Distributed by Fanfare Films Inc.
Release date
  • July 30, 1969 (1969-07-30)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Gay Deceivers is a 1969 gay-themed comedy film with a twist ending. The film derives much of its humor through the use of stereotypes. According to gay film historian Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet, co-star Michael Greer, who played the flamboyantly gay Malcolm and who was himself gay, tried to work with the screenwriter and director to minimize the negativity of the characterization and present Malcolm in a positive light.[citation needed]


The Gay Deceivers follows Danny and Elliot, two friends who try to get out of the draft by pretending to be gay. They're placed under surveillance by the Army and have to keep up the pretense. They move into a gay apartment building and try to blend in with the residents, all the while trying to maintain their romantic relationships with women and not get caught by the Army.

The twist is that even after the pair is caught, they are not inducted into the military. The Army investigators assigned to watch them are themselves gay and are trying to keep straight people out of the Army.


Actor Role
Kevin Coughlin Danny Devlin
Brooke Bundy Karen
Lawrence P. Casey (Larry Casey) Elliot Crane
Jo Ann Harris Leslie Devlin
Michael Greer Malcolm
Sebastian Brook Craig
Jack Starrett Colonel Dixon
Richard Webb Mr. Devlin
Eloise Hardt Mrs. Devlin
Jeanne Baird Mrs. Conway
Michael Kopcha Psychiatrist
Joe Tornatore Sergeant Kravits
Robert Reese Real Estate Agent
Christopher Riordan Duane
Douglas Hume Corporal
David Osterhout Stern
Marilyn Wirt Sybil
Ron Gans Freddie
Rachel Romen Dorothy
Tom Grubbs Paul
Louise Williams Bunny
Randee Lynne Jensen Sheryl
Meridith Williams Phil
Harry Sodoni Georgette
Leonore Stevens Laverne
Trigg Kelly Jacki
Tony Epper Vince
Anthony De Longis (uncredited)
Jonathan Kramer Gay neighbor dating army officer (uncredited)
Candice Rialson Girl in bikini (uncredited)

DVD release[edit]

The Gay Deceivers was released on Region 1 DVD on May 2, 2000.

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