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The dog feces in the infamous final scene are real. According to director John Waters, the dog was fed steak for three days beforehand.
During filming, Divine was arrested for stealing, and in his defense said that he was a method actor playing a criminal.
According to production designer Vincent Peranio, the art department's budget was about $200. Half went to purchasing the trailer, half to decorating it. "And then after that (running out of money), we would just steal things."
The film has one of the longest front credits sequence of all time. Every actor and every single extra featured in the movie appears listed in it.
At his request, the Singing Asshole is not credited, and John Waters maintains that he "certainly will remain nameless. It's his choice." This individual does, however, apparently still disclose his involvement in the film to friends.
Divine and the party guests are actually inhaling amyl nitrate during the party scene. At the time of filming, it was still legal to buy such "poppers" at the drug store. If you watch Divine's face during the scene, she suddenly starts laughing uproariously. John Waters says that's where "it kicked in".
Elizabeth Coffey (Chick with a Dick) was a pre-op male-to-female transexual who had already undergone hormone therapy to develop breasts and female features at the time of filming. She had surgery to remove her penis a week to the day her scene was filmed, and appears as a completely female character in Waters' next film, Female Trouble (1974).
A chicken actually died while filming the sex scene in the shed between Crackers and Cookie. One of the deleted scenes that was restored in 1997 actually involved cooking the dead chicken for dinner.
In the film MIDNIGHT MOVIES, John Waters says in part "I was high when I wrote this film. I was NOT high when I made it."
Filming only took place on weekends; John Waters raised money during the week.
When Connie and Raymond call the police to break up Divine's birthday party, Raymond gives the police real directions, which would have easily guided real police (or anyone else, for that matter) to the site of the trailer.
John Waters has stated that the only scene in the film he regrets is the 'fellatio' sequence, which was awkward to film because the two cast members were friends. He also feels it is the most 'dated' part of the film; Deep Throat (1972) had just been released and this scene was Waters satirizing the rise of 'porno chic.'
The house that Connie and Raymond Marble live in together was rented by John Waters and Mink Stole. Interiors were filmed in Stole's part of the house with minimal redressing.
Some of the music was changed for the 1997 re-release, most notably at the beginning of the party scene, where "Sixteen Candles" was replaced with "Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby".
According to director John Waters, the film's budget was so tight, that he could not afford "A" and "B" reels. The work print was in effect the master copy.
John Waters originally wanted a man named "Mr. Ray" to be the narrator of Pink Flamingos. Mr. Ray was famous for his hair-weave radio ads and for his Baltimore accent. Mr. Ray refused, so Waters recorded the voice-over himself, imitating Mr. Ray's voice as "Mr. J."
Director John Waters wrote a sequel to this film, entitled "Flamingos Forever". It takes place 15 years after the action of the original film, showing Babs' return to Baltimore with Cotton, Crackers, Miss Edie, and her new grandson Dwayne, an 8-year-old transvestite. Their foe in this film is Vera Venninger, Connie Marble's sister, and her husband, Wilbur, a necrophile who runs a mortuary. Troma Films offered to finance the picture for $600,000 but it was never made because of the death of Edith Massey, and later that of Divine, whose roles were integral to the plot. Waters was also VERY uncomfortable with TROMA's editing facilities, which at that time were Moviolas from the very early days of film editing. The screenplay to this work is available with those of Pink Flamingos (1972) and Desperate Living (1977) in a collection entitled "Trash Trio".
Connie and Raymond's car belonged to a jive-talking black man that John Waters met during pre-production in Baltimore. In exchange for using the car, Waters attempted to work the man into some scenes he made up on set, where Connie would talk to a magic mirror and say, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the filthiest of them all?" A black pimp in a zoot suit and fedora would then appear in a cloud of smoke and say, "Divine is." Waters couldn't get the special effects for the scene to work correctly, though, so it was cut from the final product.
In the original script there was to be a scene when Connie Marble's hair catches fire. Mink Stole, the actress who plays Connie Marble, agreed to do the stunt before eventually changing her mind. John Waters said on the audio commentary track that he was happy that mink stole changed her mind in retrospect because Mink Stole would have had third degree burns on her head and he would been in jail.
Marilyn Manson sampled Mink Stole shouting "Burn you fucker!" for his song "Dogma."
There was a "Revenge On Cookie" subplot, cut from the final film.
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In some theatres, patrons were given a "Pink Phlegm-ingo Barf Bag."
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Cookie mentions a tabloid story about Harris Glenn Milstead being released from jail and Divine says that she hadn't heard that name in years. Harris Glenn Milstead was Divine's own real name.
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David Lochary and Mink Stole designed and colored their own hair for the film. Reportedly David Lochary colored his hair bright blue with a blue Magic Marker.

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John Waters:  [manson]  In one of the scenes of Divine sashaying through Baltimore, she walks past graffiti that says "Free Tex Watson". There is also a framed picture of Susan Atkins in Connie and Raymond's apartment.

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