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The Gay Deceivers (1969)

Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Coughlin ...
Danny Devlin
Elliot Crane (as Larry Casey)
Leslie Devlin
Michael Greer ...
Sebastian Brook ...
Colonel Dixon
Mr. Devlin
Eloise Hardt ...
Mrs. Devlin
Jeanne Baird ...
Mrs. Conway
Dean Cromer ...
Psychiatrist (as Mike Kopcha)
Joe Tornatore ...
Sergeant Kravits
Robert Reese ...
Real Estate Agent
Christopher Riordan ...
Douglas Hume ...
Corporal (as Doug Hume)


Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it.

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Release Date:

25 April 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

'Eles' Se Divertem  »

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Did You Know?


Kent McCord was originally approached to play role that went to Lawrence P. Casey. See more »


Elliot Crane: Can't we be ac/dc ?
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Referenced in Making the Boys (2011) See more »

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5 November 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The impact of this film recently became clear to me when I realized that having seen it only once, nearly 25 years ago, I was still thinking of it. It has become part of my internal landscape, and I tend to compare every comedic treatment of gays on film to my memory of The Gay Deceivers. It is rather sad to think that the best and probably most honest comedy about gay life in America was made so long ago, and in a time when homosexuality was still rarely hinted at in main-stream cinema. See this rare and wonderful film if you can -- urge your local film festival, art house or PBS station to acquire the rights to screen it. It deserves to be rediscovered by a new generation.

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