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When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:30 am
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
I talked with one knowledgable collector that was not of that era, but offered his guesstimate for stag film sales outlets as:

under the counter at camera stores
barber shops
men's fraternal lodges

I was thinking they sold them at news stands, but had not considered any of the above. The collector also mentioned an interesting occupation of that era. Doing stag shows for hire. Something like the itinerant 'magic lantern' operator of their time.

Any other ideas of stag films from the 1920's - 1950's were sold?

Re: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:47 am
by oldposterho
Organized crime had an interest in creating and distributing stag films.

Re: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:15 am
by wich2
Also by mail order, "in plain paper wrapper," as advertised in the back of the porn mags that The Mob also had a hand in.

Re: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:07 am
by Mike Gebert
In Wichita, there were two camera shops, run by two brothers. Perhaps they had once been in business together. By the time I was interested in making super 8 films, they were pretty firmly not. One was in a mall in the nicer, eastern side of town. This was where you went for serious camera equipment, and to have someone to talk to about how to use it. This brother was sort of like Mr. Rogers or your high school science teacher.

The other brother, who was less Mr. Rogers than Dean Martin (or perhaps Jerry Lester), was downtown, in an area going to seed, and the rumor was that you could not only get certain kinds of film from him, but that he had a hand in filming such things from time to time.

I was 16-- what would I know about whether that was true or not? But it seemed plausible...

Re: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:03 pm
by Donald Binks
I remember seeing a rather tame, by today's standards, blue film at a buck's party way back in the 1960's. It was on 8mm and looked as though someone had photographed it rather hurriedly in the middle of the bush from the back of a ute. It was frightful. It featured some poor woman of dubious vintage rather clumsily disrobing. As she neared the conclusion the cries went up from the audience - "Put it back on! Put it back on!".

Funny the silly things we remember.