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Fandango (1970)

X | | Western | 15 July 1970 (USA)
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Dan Murphy
Shawn Devereaux ...
Mona DeLys
Tony Vorno ...
Muck Mulligan (as Sebastian Gregory)
Jay Scott ...
Billy Busby
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Sissy Sam
Paul Harper ...
Greaser
Donna Stanley ...
Pauline
Neola Graef ...
Joy
Roger Gentry ...
Second Shirtless Miner (as Jim Gentry)
Maxine DeVille France ...
Hooker with Long Hair (as Maxine DeVille Franche)
Jeannie Anderson ...
Blonde Hooker
Frank Teichman
Miller Pettit ...
Eye Patch
Beverly Fredericks
Jeff Latham
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They all hang out at Mona's place. See more »

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Referenced in Prostitution Pornography USA (1971) See more »

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Not quite as much fun as ordering a movie ticket
9 May 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

The title "Fandango" seems jinxed; not only did the early showcase in Kevin Costner's career flop resoundingly at the box office, but this softcore porn Western has vanished with barely a trace.

It used to be available on DVD-R from Something Weird, but that's over now that the Harry Novak movies have been withdrawn. Glad I bought a copy while I could.

Brooklyn-born James Whitworth stars as mine owner Dan Murphy, sporting an incongruous heavy Brooklyn accent in the Old West. Very measly plot line has him promising his horny mine workers a delivery of a wagon load (or two) of whores from town so they can get there bell ropes pulled (Spot Quiz: name the movie I stole that line from; Hint: I attribute it to Warren Oates).

Madam of the local whorehouse is an old pal of Dan's, Mona De Lys, played by ultra-busty Shawn Devereaux. I thought her natural looking bazooms were worth the price of admission here, lovingly photographed by cinematographer Paul Hipp, who also was a producer and to save a buck, featured in the cast too. Devereaux obviously never made it, but had the privilege of later acting in a Russ Meyer film, after slumming in an uncharacteristically sex-oriented Bert I. Gordon opus.

Picture suffers from its cheap sets, since OK outdoor footage (action scenes and shootouts) make it seem like a real movie at times. But once we get inside, the cheapo set dressing/decoration does not suggest the intended period atmosphere.

Filmmaker John Hayes had a familiar Clover Films label that released many an exploitation (recommended: ALL THE LOVIN' KINFOLK) or just oddball movie (to avoid: DREAM NO EVIL). He doesn't seem engaged with this Western entry, which needed a far more interesting script to hold the audience. Reduced to its bare essentials (pun intended), film parses as merely a few boring sequences: (1) Introduction of dull crew of miners; (2) Trip to town to sample and pick up the whores; (3) Whores servicing the guys in camp (4) Fight with bad guys, led by nose-less Muck Mulligan (porn vet Sebastian Gregory) en route back to town; (5) Epilog that would make SHANE blush.

Not exactly an epic on the level of HOW THE WEST WAS WON. No, Hayes and company shot low and hit their target - some topless footage of busty gals parading around as if a Western. Considering it was of 1970 vintage, absence of full-frontal nudity, beaver closeups, etc., marks FANDANGO as a non-starter.


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