Sunday, February 17, 2013

Movie Ad of the Week: GOSH! (1974)

GOSH! (1974), writer-producer-director Tom Scheuer's low-budget comedy about the casting couch exploits of fictional Hollywood starlet Alice Goodbody (Sharon Kelly), was one of the last releases from Joe Solomon's Fanfare Corporation, and certainly the last one he bothered to promote with in-theater personal appearances by cast members. The ad above is from the exclusive Madison, Wisconsin opening on Wednesday, June 19, 1974, with Sharon Kelly scheduled to hand out autographed photos in the lobby of the Majestic Theater. Despite her prominent "introducing" credit, Kelly had already starred or co-starred in a half dozen movies by this time, including SASSY SUE, THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY, and THE DIRTY DOLLS. Solomon never had much use for sexually explicit material, which explains the disclaimer under the R rating (the film had to be cut to avoid an X) as well as his lack of interest in exploitation after the rise of hardcore. GOSH! disappeared from Fanfare's release in September '74 but was picked up by Intercontinental Releasing Corporation and re-titled ALICE GOODBODY for theatrical bookings that stretched from 1975 to the end of the decade. Fanfare released only a few more films -- the Lenny Bruce biopic DIRTYMOUTH, the Tyburn production PERSECUTION (as both SHEBA and TERROR OF SHEBA) and the PG-rated cut of RUN, ANGEL, RUN! -- before cashing it in at the end of 1975.

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