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(aka "Alice Goodbody" or "Gosh! (or How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Acting)")

 

directed by Tom Scheuer
USA 1974

 

Bubbly waitress Alice Goodbody's (Sharon Kelly) dreams of stardom seem to be coming true when she catches the eye of Myron (Daniel Kaufman) the assistant production manager on Massive Pictures' musical of JULIUS CAESAR (seemingly a spoof of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - the marquee of which is prominently visible in one of the guerilla-shot LA street scenes - with the title song "Julius Caesar, Crowd Pleaser"). Her progressively stranger sexual encounters (including a germophobe production manager who spends more time in show scrubbing than groping her) moving up the ladder seem to garner karmic payback as she gets a black eye from a boom microphone, clobbered by a fallen spotlight, gets knocked off the set, and so on (each time cut to Alice - various body parts bandaged or in casts - performing R-rated oral sex on Myron and moping about her failed debut) leading up to a complexly set up "follow the wire" bit that might have inspired a similar reveal in Brian De Palma's CARRIE. Each time, Myron gets her a larger part but with the humiliating sexual encounters and injuries piling up, she eventually asks "Who do I have to #%@* to get out of this movie?" Composer Vic Caesar also plays Alice's boss at the diner and George "Buck" Flower plays an assistant director with a messy food kink.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: December 1974 (USA)

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DVD Review: Code Red DVD - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Distribution

Code Red DVD

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:42
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by Tom Scheuer and Gary Maxwell
• Original GOSH! Trailer (16:9; 2:14)
• Alternate Title Sequence (16:9; 3:42)
• Trailers for THE STATUE (16:9; 2:27), THE WORKING GIRLS (4:3; 2:00), GROUP MARRIAGE (4:3; 2:29),
• TEENAGE GRAFFITI (16:9; 1:42), LONELY WIVES (16:9; 2:04), FAMILY HONOR (16:9; 0:31)

DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Code Red's DVD features an anamorphic, single-layer, progressive transfer under the ALICE GOODBODY title that can't help but blow previous releases out of the water (Substance released an unauthorized DVD edition that was likely sourced from VHS). The image looks quite good for a film of this age and budget (the studio scenes always look better than the location scenes) and there is the expected speckling around the reel changes.

 

Writer/producer/director Tom Sheuer and Gary Maxwell provide a humorous audio commentary (moderated by Lee Christian) in which they discuss the lack of permits, an unreleased mainstream collaboration with DEEP THROAT director Gerard Damiano, and consulting with the MPAA specifically about a specific scene in order to shoot it to get an R rating. The trailer and alternate title sequence (both using the GOSH! title) round out the extras. While the Code Red trailer reel on STIGMA was subtitled "Movies You Probably Won't Buy" the trailer reel here is labeled "Crappy Code Red Trailers."

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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