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Gums (1976)

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A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring - up to a point - any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brother Theodore ...
Captain Carl Clitoris
Terri Hall ...
Dr. Sy Smegma (as Richard Lair)
Jody Maxwell ...
Miss Mayhem
Crystal Sync ...
Dora Coxswain (as Rachel McCallister)
Paul Styles ...
Sheriff Rooster Coxswain
Ian Morley ...
Mayor Ike White
Mark Carvel ...
Father Tim / Father Kevin (as Marc Carvel)
Norm Gingold
Edward Krane ...
Lance Sterling (as Ed Krane)
Ras Kean ...
Deputy Dick
Michael Sullivan ...
The Secret Weapon
Steve Kraus ...
Brother Sam
Leroy ...
Stable Inspector
Rick ...
Paper Boy


A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring - up to a point - any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked.

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Guaranteed to get you back into the water


Adult | Comedy | Fantasy


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9 November 1976 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Actor Paul Styles' character "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (the correct spelling) is a takeoff on the John Wayne character name "Rooster Cogburn". See more »


The film's on-screen credits list actor Paul Styles' character as being "Sheriff Rooster Coxswain". In fact, the character's name is "Sheriff Rooster Cockswain" (spelled that way) as seen written on the back of the character's jacket. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Faces of Death (2012) See more »


Thar She Blows
Written by Sam Cohen
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Best XXX parody ever?
25 March 2011 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Although I'm admittedly far from an expert on the genre, I believe this may be the best XXX parody ever. The story is basically "Jaws", but the shark here is replaced with a naked, deep-throating mermaid (70's porn star/ballet dancer Teri Hall) who doles out fatal hummers to any man who dares to swim naked in the surf. There's some XXX sex scenes--although only oral sex, and only Hall and her fellow 70's starlet Jody Maxwell do their own, uh, "stunt work". (The movie even parodies the fact that obvious "stunt doubles" for all the males are used by at one point having an obviously black "stunt double" for the white sheriff Maxwell is orally servicing). The good thing about this is that the sex (usually) doesn't stop the movie in it's tracks, and while the actors in this were not robbed of any Academy Awards back in 1976, they're a lot better than the talentless walking erections that usually act in porn flicks.

The best by far is the great Brother Theodore in the role of "Carl Clitoris", the Robert Shaw character. He is by far the most talented person to EVER appear in an XXX movie and his hilarious monologues are easily worth the price of admission all by themselves. For the record, his, um, "death scene" does not even use a "stunt double"--it's filmed strictly softcore, since great of talent as he was, no one really wanted to see HIM getting a bj.

They obviously spent a little money on this, even filming some of the final scenes on the open ocean (today they'd probably shoot this on video in a bathtub in somebody's San Fernando Valley condo). There's some great surreal scenes like where the mermaid somehow comes out of toilet(!) to "attack" the "Hooper" character (and his "stunt double"). And at the end of the movie the two male leads are entirely replaced by well-endowed puppets(!) in a scene that really makes me wish that ALL male porn stars would be replaced by puppets. I'd watch a lot more XXX movies if they were half as entertaining as this one.

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