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Some viewers who are angered by the scene of the baby in the fridge become even more outraged when they learn that the scene in the film is take two.
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Divine was intended to play the role of Mole McHenry (played by Susan Lowe), but he was in a play for which he had a long-term contract, making him unavailable. David Lochary was also intended to act in the film, but he bled to death after falling on a glass while under the influence of PCP.
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Actress Susan Lowe who played "Mole McHenry" in the movie is actually very beautiful. After changing her appearance to play the part, her children were horrified, and it caused problems with her marriage.
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Turkey Joe (the motorcycle cop) would later go on to become the Baltimore film commissioner.
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Marilyn Manson sampled Mink Stole's "Communist day-care center" rant for his song "Misery Machine."
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Newspapers refused to run the original ad for this film, a photo of a cooked rat on a plate.
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Production designer Vincent Peranio cooked a real rat so that it could be "eaten" during the opening titles.
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While most viewers recognize the portraits of Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler in Queen Carlotta's "art gallery", many are confused by the appearance of a heavyset black man in a military uniform. This is former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
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The first John Waters film to obtain an R-rating from the MPAA.
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The large breasts that are thrust at Peggy Gravel through a pair of glory holes are those of Liz Renay.
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The Mortville extras are mostly homeless people who were bussed in for the day. The crew had to work fast to get shots of them before they wandered off.
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The hands that are cutting up the rat during the opening credits are those of Mink Stole.
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The flashback of the babysitter throwing a party is based on the sort of prank John Waters would pull when he babysat in high school.
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The cockroaches that Jean Hill and Mink Stole are forced to eat in the castle are actually raisins.
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John Waters:  [manson]  There is a portrait of Charles Manson in Queen Carlotta's cardboard castle. Also, someone in Mortville cries out "Squeaky Fromme, where are you when we need you?" Lynette Fromme, aka "Squeaky", was a Manson follower who tried to assassinate US President 'Gerald Ford'.
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