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Saturday Night at the Baths (1975)

A musician from Montana finds work and other things at The Continental Baths in New York City, 1974.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Sheppard ...
Don Scotti ...
Steve Ostrow ...
Phillip Owens ...
Queen / Football Player - Gay Team
Jane Olivor ...
Performer (as Janie Olivor)
R. Douglas Brautingham ...
Paul Ott ...
Hustler (as Paul J. Ott)
Paul Vanase ...
Towel Queen / Football Player - Gay Team
Caleb Stonn ...
Female Impersonator
J.C. Gaynor ...
Female Impersonator
Pedro Valentine ...
Female Impersonator
Toyia ...
Female Impersonator / Drag Queen
Josh Palace ...
Keith Kermizian ...


A musician from Montana finds work and other things at The Continental Baths in New York City, 1974.

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where the eternal triangle grows up


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Release Date:

14 February 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I bagni del sabato notte  »

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Did You Know?


The show at the Baths was attended by over 800 extras, who included some of New York's elite. They were all paid $1.00 for their part and had to sign releases before they were admitted. The revue "Beyond the Fringe" was playing at the time and the astute viewer can see Dudley Moore and Peter Cook sipping a drink in the crowd. See more »


Robert Arberdeen's birth year is listed as 1962. That would mean that he would only have been twelve to thirteen years old when this movie was filmed. This is obviously not the case. See more »

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Bruce Weber for the unique photographs See more »


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Written and Performed by Jane Olivor (as Janie Oliver)
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Frightenly awful.
9 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess they spent all the money on buying the 35mm film stock because they sure didn't spend any money on lighting equipment or time in the sound dubbing stage. The thing looks and sounds like an bad attempt at filmmaking 101 out of a high school freshman film class. You can find MUCH better, all-around well constructed home-made attempts at gay- themed videos on Youtube.

Here you have a terrible script, terrible editing, worse than terrible lighting, and "direction," such as it is, meanders all over the place, never knowing where its focus is or what it wants to be at any giving moment. And this level of directorial incompetence is really not surprising since the director is one David Buckly whose only claim to fame is that he dabbled in the sexploitation/porn business with his association with the pop porn culture film DEBBIE DOES DALLAS. Evidently he had more success with heterosexual porn than with its homosexual counterpart. Saturday NIGHT AT THE BATHS doesn't even rise to that level of trash. To be honest, I attend many film festivals at which, many times, I've have to endure pretty some poor attempts at film-making; this is a good example of the worst -- the ones that make you think the selection committee had to have been on crack to have let it in.

There are long stretches of scenes where the director never was savvy enough to yell "cut" or the editor, the smarts to use his splicer, where the actors seem to be lost for the next line...or thought. Then there's the drag show sequences in the bath house that go on and on to the point where you might be thinking you've mistakenly gotten tricked into seeing a bad musical starring some VERY ugly women. These long, full song renditions by drag queens don't have the slightest reason for being there and don't move the story forward, or for that matter, in ANY direction. Same with the long dance floor sequences with bad music and with guys jumping around supposedly there to look like they are having fun (oh look, liberated gays can be happy) but those particular sequences are so badly lit that you can barely see anyone anyway. This LD evidently never heard of key lights.

The only bright spot in this whole mess is actor Don Scotti, an impish, delightful lad with beautiful eyes, whose acting style is so natural and unaffected that even with the often laughable dialog, he manages to remain credible and real; he is quite magnetic on screen and steals every scene he is in. As for the other actors, all I can say is, given the material and lack of any semblance of direction, they do a passable job, although the least effective and least sexually alluring of all is the female lead (was she cast intentionally so the audience could more easily believe that her boyfriend might indeed look elsewhere for erotic passion?)-- her overbite is frightening and through the whole hodgepodge, after about the first 10 minutes, her presence starts getting REALLY annoying.

Our male "straight" lead who is uncertain of many things, not the least of which is what his next line should be, sadly isn't able to bring about that machismo with an undercurrent of homosexual tension that is necessary for the part -- a very complex emotional mix for even a seasoned actor under a top-tier director to achieve and make it believable; this guy, Robert Anderson, doesn't have the acting chops nor, quite frankly, the masculine good looks to come even close to what is needed; a Jake Gyllenhaal or Heath Ledger he's not.

One poster commented, "Rent it, don't buy it." I would say, do neither and don't waste your time on it even if you can find it for free on Amazon or Netflix. Wait, I take that back -- if you happen to be a film teacher, you can always use this title in your class when you are teaching the chapter "All the Things That Can Go Wrong When Making a Film" or, "What Happens When A Bath House Owner Thinks He Can Be a Film Producer."

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