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Dinah East (1970)

X | | Drama | December 1970 (USA)
A glamorous movie queen of the 1950s is revealed to be a man whose secret led to complicated relationships.

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Daniela
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Alan Sloan
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Jeff East
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Bobby Sloan
Ray Foster ...
Tony Locke
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Tank Swenson
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Dinah East
Leland Murray ...
Archibald Phillips
Margaret Rolfe ...
Mrs. Kelly
Vicki Carbe ...
Janet Arnold (as Victoria Wales)
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Debbie Thurber
Susan Romen ...
Carolyn Fiske
Cal Crenshaw ...
Freddie
Steve Shaw ...
Midnight Cowboy
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A glamorous movie queen of the 1950s is revealed to be a man whose secret led to complicated relationships.

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A Superstar Actress Is Really A Man ... Hollywood's Strangest Story!

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Unusually, there are three actors credited as "introducing," Reid Smith, Joe Taylor, and Matt Bennett. See more »

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When Alan and Dinah argue on the front porch, Dinah's wig shifts back and forth from being askew to being straightened from shot to shot. See more »

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Dinah East: I wish somehow I could help you.
Tony Locke: You can. Continue to go out with me.
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After the credits, a chair with the name Dinah East is shown. The star, Jeremy Stockwell, dressed in men's street clothes, stands up and walks toward the horizon. See more »

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Featured in Horrible Honeys (1988) See more »

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Thank You Alex
Sung by Jon and Sondra Steele
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Dinah Sore
23 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can't speak to the version pictured here as I'm not sure I've seen it but it sounds suspiciously like a bootleg version that's been floating around Internet for years.

Several people who have reviewed it have commented on the atrocious transfer, which was case with disc I saw--everything reduced to fuzzy pastels, suggesting it was duped from multi-generational video that wasn't very good to start with. Plus, I may be one of the few people who actually saw this in a theater in 1970 and DVD version I viewed was obviously missing numerous key scenes, if not entire reels. "Plot" now simply lurches from one incomprehensible sequence to the next and makes no sense.

This seems to be one of those movies that has been out of circulation so long that it has somehow built up a reputation way beyond its actual merits. Not even enjoyably cheesy, it's simply a totally amateurish sexploitation cheapie that can't begin to hold a candle to the campy heights of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Myra Breckinridge or The Christine Jorgensen Story, films to which it is frequently compared, usually by those who haven't seen it.

Charm-free cross-dresser that plays Dinah is on sleepwalk mode, Warhol protégé Ultra Violet appears absolutely bored with her small cameo and most of cast looks like they were recruited from happy hour at a Santa Monica Blvd. hustler bar.

Despite its rep, this curio is just not very much fun and is frequently flat-out dull. Not that this review will probably discourage anyone who wants to see for himself. But you've been warned.


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