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The Gay Deceivers (1969)

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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
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Karen
Lawrence P. Casey ...
Elliot Crane (as Larry Casey)
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Leslie Devlin
Michael Greer ...
Malcolm
Sebastian Brook ...
Craig
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Colonel Dixon
Richard Webb ...
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 ...
Duane
Douglas Hume ...
Corporal (as Doug Hume)
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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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The bar they go to (approximately one hour into the film) is "The Lush Life". See more »

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Elliot Crane: Can't we be ac/dc ?
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Two straight guys pretend to be gay to escape the draft
25 September 1998 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Much underrated comedy masterpiece, profoundly relevant, compassionate and witty. One of the greatest American comedies, a true work of pop art. Unique and unmatched. All performances are great, particularly Michael Greer and the late Kevin Coughlin (1945-76). Director Bruce Kessler's deserves a lot of credit. Cinematography is very fine, as is the music. This great film is STILL ahead of its time, misunderstood by both straights and some gays. The Gay Deceivers should be required viewing at colleges. No other film raises so many important social issues and does it with such grace, simplicity and charm. Although the film was very successful at the time, it has been totally forgotten, and can be found at a handful of video stores ("Video West") in West and North Hollywood. It is particularly puzzling, that Kevin Coughlin's movie career should have ended after this, his most successful film. His obituary states that he worked in European cinema in the seventies, but I have been unable to unearth any information about it.


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