THE BAGEL REPORT (1972)
Written, produced and directed
Angela Gale (a.k.a. Gale Sigmon)
Roger M. Teeter
MPAA rating: X
This film supposedly had three screenings at the Ansley Mall Film Forum, an independent art house/revival house in Atlanta, sometime in 1972. After scrolling through 4 years of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on microfilm (1972-1975), we found no evidence of these screenings nor any other theatrical exposure for THE BAGEL REPORT in Atlanta during those years.
[TOS trivia: the Ansley Mall Film Forum was managed by actor George Ellis, who turned his "Bestoink Dooley" character from THE LEGEND OF BLOOD MOUNTAIN into a horror host on Atlanta's CBS affiliate WAGA]
from the Atlanta pages in Boxoffice magazine...
Chalk up another "local boy makes good in Hollywood" for localite Hugh Wilson. Just three years after he left Georgia, Hugh is a Hollywood success story. He is the creator and producer of WKRP IN CINCINNATI, which debuted on CBS-TV and has garnered rave reviews from critics coast to coast. Wilson, a 35-year-old former advertising man, is an affable, unassuming personality with a wide creative streak. Wilson once made his own motion picture here, THE BAGEL REPORT. It had a $40,000 budget. "I borrowed $25,000 from good old Citizens & Southern Bank," he recalls. It was supposed to be a funny takeoff on the Kinsey Report, but it didn't have enough sex in it, says Hugh. THE BAGEL REPORT now is gathering dust in a city warehouse. "The day when I'm back in town, I'm gonna pick up all those cans of film, go down to the Gulf, rent a boat, travel a few miles and bury them at sea." -- Boxoffice, October 9, 1978, p. SE-2
Ben Jones says...
"Once I was in a low-budget sex comedy called THE BAGEL REPORT, a spoof on The Kinsey Report. I played a character whose fetish was wearing women's panties over his head. He was also a chain-smoker, and as he talked the panties caught fire....It was directed by Hugh Wilson, who went on to produce WKRP IN CINCINNATI, among other successes. I think that by now he has probably destroyed all copies of THE BAGEL REPORT." -- from Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of "Crazy Cooter" by Ben Jones (Harmony, 2008, p. 141)
[More TOS trivia: Lead actor Bill Dial, a former critic for the Atlanta Constitution, became a successful TV writer and producer thanks to his association with Wilson a few years later on WKRP IN CINCINNATI]