Once Upon a Knight The LOST FILM is FOUND Nude Beatniks and Naked Nudeniks!
Beatniks meet Nudeniks in the long lost Once Upon a Night Nudie Cutie Trashy Film!
How often do you read the phrase "PRESUMED LOST" when using the internet movie data base IMDB? Only once that I know of, and here it is, FOUND! At least the hilarious promotional stills.
A film so scarce, Marty Scorsese forgot to preserve it! All that remains from this film is a one line description of the plot: An insurance investigator who is allergic to naked women searches for a missing painting.
"The naughtiest Nudenik Scandal ever to come out of Hollywood!" and "Now you can see it - The picture Hollywood tried to stop!"
The legendary "ONCE UPON A KNIGHT" from 1961. I would crib more stills, but they are too booby for my blog.
Once Upon a Knight was an early nudie film written by Bob Cresse. Bad actor, bad producer, bad writer…an auteur of awful skill and even awfuller talent. As an actor, Cresse appeared in House on Bare Mountain. A Climax of Blue Power (in which he played a massage parlor manager) The Erotic Adventures of Zorro, The Pick-Up…and he provided a memorable performance as "Sadist" in Little Girls. As a songwriter, Cresse is responsible for the lyrics to "The Scavengers" the theme song to another piece of festering film he produced in 1968. Super huge-breasted Uschi Digard performed in the Scavengers, which may be one reason THAT film still exists.
Also involved in Once Upon a Knight was Fred Nyquist, who would later go on to Hollywood legend as "Assistant to Producer" on The Thing with Two Heads. Freddy also produced Hollywood's World of Flesh.
The biggest star in Once Upon a Knight was fake beatnik and major Venice Beach load Eric "Big Daddy" Nord. Hold your literary nose and read his story HERE. A fraud so big he made Maynard G. Krebs look like Jack Kerouac. Much of the film was shot at the "Gas House" which passed for finger-snapping beat authenticity in California, ground zero for the fake beatnik scene and where Big Daddy hung out trying to pick-up young chicks while he aged into a fat, bald man. See the crew attempt to hide his age spots for the camera below.
There was a Buddy Rich in the film, probably NOT the good drummer, bad attitude super-white "jazz" performer, but since it seems only stills survive, we may never know. Hard to imagine two hipsters named Buddy Rich, but lightning does strike twice. In the stills here, I don't see his grimaced overbite and there is no mention of a furious, swingin' drum solo. Robyn Hilton plays "Lady Boom Boom of Bustonia"
As befits beatniks, the plot revolves around a stolen painting which ends up getting smashed over one of the nudeniks heads. Dig THAT brushstroke Daddy-O! But it was all really just an excuse to show women bounce around, and once in a while receive body paint on their boobs, which I guess was Hollywood's version of a beatnik orgy. In one scene, the allergic investigator, who is now an artist, sneezes paint off his canvas and onto a nude. There is a steam room scene, but I do not know if it was a part of the "beatnik artist colony" or not. Zany comedy erupts. Nudes appear. Big Daddy emotes. Nudes appear. In one dramatic and tasteful scene, the allergic artist sits on his throne with tissues within easy reach. The nudes always wear high-heels, because nude beatnik chicks always wanted their bottoms to look good for the camera.
The luscious Jean Brett and the luscious Virginia Gordon and the luscious Judy Roulette and the luscious Robyn Hilton also appear. Certainly the most notable of those in the cast, Virginia Gordon followed up as "Vultura" in Surftide 77, and went on to play "Boobie" in Acapulco Uncensored 7 years later.
Later, the film, or portions of it, were distributed as a stag by murdered porn maven William Door, who was also responsible for the obscene Fax Records which I tell the story of HERE.
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