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September 1976 (USA) See more »
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Motion Picture Purgatory: The Booby Hatch
 (From Dread Central. 18 February 2010, 11:32 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)
Sharon Joy Miller ... Cherry Jankowski
Rudy Ricci ... Marcello Fettucini
Doug Sortino ... Herman Longfellow
N. Detroit ... Theophilus Suck
David Emge ... Angelo Fettucini
John Upson ... Dr. Von Lipschitz
Dana Christian ... Eileen Lipschitz
Herb Elliotte ... Mr. Stag
Mike Waterkotte ... Vernon Biggs
Allan Harris ... Dr. Stuttgart
Glenda Rozzo ... Miss Peabody
Norma Beardsley ... Thelma
Andrew Banas ... Fred
Diane Pugh ... Angela
Lucian White ... Coal Miner
Debbie Lasagna ... Interviewer
Lee Campbell ... Trainee
Mike Kent ... Asst. Engineer
George Kosana ... Police Chief
Nick Kazalas ... Detective
Bill Fleming ... Joyful Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Laine ... Reporter

John A. Russo ... Bearded Doctor / Various Characters (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... Doctor / Masked Rapist (uncredited)

Directed by
Rudy Ricci 
John A. Russo  (as John Russo)
Writing credits
John A. Russo (screenplay) (as John Russo) and
Rudy Ricci (screenplay)

John A. Russo (novel) (as John Russo)

Produced by
John A. Russo .... producer (as John Russo)
Russell Streiner .... producer
Original Music by
Bob Birk 
George Loechl 
Cinematography by
Paul McCollough 
Film Editing by
Paul McCollough 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul McCollough .... lighting

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Also Known As:
"Dirty Book Store" - , USA (working title)
"The Liberation of Cherry Janowski" - , USA (pre-release title)
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USA:86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

David Emge's first movie before he played our main protagonist and hero, Stephen "Flyboy" Andrews in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
doesn't even win the booby prize, 14 May 2009
Author: movieman_kev from United States

In this soft-core romp, Cherry Jankowski (Sharon Joy Miller) works at the booby hatch, an experimental sex toy shop that measures the users' sex drives, and is sexually frustrated by her secretly transvestite boyfriend (not a spoiler as it's shown in the film's trailer), Herman, who wants to want until marriage. Meanwhile fellow worker Marcello, who used to be the stud at work, is now impotent.

This movie works more of a curiosity to catch multiple "Dawn of the Dead" alumni before they starred in that film because as a comedy, much like the character of Marcello, the film is completely flaccid. Despite the abundant nudity on display I found myself growing restless and looking at my watch to see if the film was almost over yet. It seemed like a story that could've been told in 30 minutes (at most) stretched out way too thin to pass for a motion picture. However as I said, if you're a fan of Romero's Living Dead films, it might hold some historical interest.

Eye Candy: I counted 9 bushes, 18 pair of tits, 5 asses are shown by various actresses and extras

My Grade: D

Synapse DVD Extras: Commentary by actor/writer/co-director Rudy Ricci, Producer/writer/ co-director John Russo & Producer Russell Streiner; a 10 and a half minute interview with David Emge; an alternative version of this film under the title of "The Liberation of Cherry Jankowski"2 theatrical trailer for this film (one under the alternate title)

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