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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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A hip and happenin’ all girl rock group head to LA to claim lead-singer Kelly’s inheritance and make it (and make it) in LA. Soon the girls fall into a morass of drugs and deceit as their recording success soars. It takes several tragedies to make them stop and think… but is it too late?

This was the first studio film of successful independent ‘nudie-cutie’ king Russ Meyer who was the sexist, exploitative director of Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!! (1965) and VIXEN! (1968). It was co-written by film critic Roger Ebert as an unofficial sequel to Fox’s Valley of the Dolls (1967) – based upon Jacqueline Susann’s trashy novel.

Rated X originally (but re-rated as NC-17 in 1990), this T & A exploitation spoof film was made for a $1 million budget, but grossing $40 million overall. The cult melodrama, with a twisted plot filled with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, was one of the most successful 20th Century Fox films ever made.

It told about an uninhibited group of hick girls in a rock trio, dubbed The Kelly Affair and renamed The Carrie Nations (Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, and Marcia McBroom – in her movie debut) who journeyed to Hollywood to make it big.

There, they found orgiastic sex, bondage, gays and gigolos, lesbianism, drugs, a bizarre record promoter and murder. Many scenes contained ridiculous yet sexy dialogue, such as porn star Ashley St. Ives’s (Edy Williams) invitation: “You’re a groovy boy. I’d like to strap you on sometime.”

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Genre: (1970-1989), 1970, Bare breasts, Comedy, Drama, Female Nudity, Nudity, Sex, Thriller

Director: C.E. Dismukes, David Hall, Russ Meyer

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