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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon -- The outrageous story of 1970s porn icon Jack Wrangler, and how he rose to the top of the gay, and then straight, adult film industry.

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jack Wrangler ... Himself (also archive footage)

Margaret Whiting ... Herself - Songbird (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Alvarez ... Himself - Filmmaker / Co-Founder, Hand in Hand Films
Brooks Ashmanskas ... Himself - Friend / Co-Star, Dream
Michael Bronski ... Himself - Author & Historian

Spring Byington ... Actress (archive footage)
Gino Colbert ... Himself - Adult Actor & Director / Asst. to Chuck Vincent
Calvin Culver ... (archive footage: Boys in the Sand [1971]) (as Casey Donovan)
Durk Dehner ... Himself - Tom of Finland Foundation
Samuel R. Delany ... Himself - Author (as Samuel Delaney)
Michael Denneny ... Himself - Friend
Jack Deveau ... Himself - Founder, Hand in Hand Films (archive footage) (as Jack Deveau [1935-1982])

Andy Devine ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Douglas ... Himself - Gay Adult Film Director
Kevin Duda ... Himself - Co-Star, Dream

Christine Ebersole ... Herself - Friend / Co-Star, Gossip

Peter Ford ... Himself - Son of Eleanor Powell & Glenn Ford
Samantha Fox ... Herself - Star, Jack 'N Jill / Jill Hill (also archive footage: Jack 'N Jill [1979])
Joe Franklin ... Himself (archive footage: The Joe Franklin Show)

James Garner ... Himself (archive footage)
Phyllis Gates ... Herself (archive footage)

Jamie Gillis ... Himself - Adult Film Star & Producer
Al Goldstein ... Himself - Pornographer

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

Tab Hunter ... Himself (archive footage)
Arnie Kantrowitz ... Himself - Author & Historian
Tim Kincaid ... Joe Gage - Director, Kansas City Trucking Company (as Joe Gage)
Chi Chi La Rue ... Himself - Gay Adult Film Director
Gloria Leonard ... Herself - Former Adult Film Star
Richard Locke ... Hank (archive footage: Kansas City Trucking Co. [1976]/L.A. Tool and Die [1982])
William Ivey Long ... Himself - Broadway Costume Designer
William Margold ... Himself - Porn Historian

Rod McKuen ... Himself - Friend

Ethel Merman ... Herself (archive footage)

Sharon Mitchell ... Herself - Former Adult Film Star

Michael Musto ... Himself - Columnist, The Village Voice

Alan Oppenheimer ... Himself - Friend
Henri Pachard ... Himself - Director, The Devil in Miss Jones Part II

Robert Patrick ... Himself - Playwright

Regis Philbin ... Himself (archive footage: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee)
Robert W. Richards ... Himself - Artist
Candida Royalle ... Herself - Former Adult Film Star

Telly Savalas ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Sendroff ... Himself - Friend

Marc Shaiman ... Himself - Composer & Lyricist

Phil Silvers ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike B. Sims ... Billy Mitchell (archive footage: The Bus is Coming [1971])
David J. Skal ... Himself - Author & Historian
Georgina Spelvin ... Justine Jones (archive footage: The Devil in Miss Jones Part II [1982])
Kevin Thomas ... Himself - Critic & Film Historian

Bruce Vilanch ... Himself - Actor & Author
Chuck Vincent ... Himself - Porn Film Producer & Director / Video Technician (archive footage) (also archive footage: Jack 'N Jill 2 [1984]) (as Chuck Vincent [1940-1991])
Debbi Whiting ... Herself - Daughter, Margaret Whiting
Carol Woods ... Herself - Friend
Darla-Lee Barnett ... Wife (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jeffrey Schwarz 
 
Produced by
Jack Mulligan .... associate producer
Sonja Nelson .... supervising producer
Jeffrey Schwarz .... producer
Taryn Teigue .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Cudahy  (as Michael 'The Millionaire' Cudahy)
 
Cinematography by
Gary Corrigan 
Kevin M. Graves  (as Kevin Graves)
David Hallinger 
Rob Jakubik  (as Robert Jakubik)
Tanja Koop 
Doron Schlair 
Clay Westervelt 
 
Film Editing by
Jaime Meyers  (as Jaime Meyers Schlenck)
 
Makeup Department
Monique Hahn .... hair stylist
Monique Hahn .... makeup artist
Kathrina Miccio .... hair stylist (as Kat Miccio)
Kathrina Miccio .... makeup artist (as Kat Miccio)
 
Production Management
Beth Bird .... additional post-production supervisor
Kent Buchanan .... additional post-production supervisor
Dante Harper .... additional post-production supervisor
Donovan Kosters .... post-production supervisor
Russ McFarlane .... additional post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Mike Kelly .... sound
Kenny Klimak .... sound re-recording mixer: Barking Dog Sound
Leo Lawrence .... sound
Jim Machowski .... sound
Gary Stevenson .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Nellessen .... graphic design & animation
Jeff Nemetz .... graphic design & animation
Taryn Teigue .... photo retouching
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Altobello .... post-production assistant
Robin Dicker .... post-production assistant
Edmund Hanlon .... post-production assistant (as Ed Hanlon)
Kevin Jones .... assistant editor
Darrell Mashia .... lead post-production assistant
Jeff Nemetz .... additional editor
Mike Nichols .... colorist (as Mike J. Nichols)
Mike Nichols .... on-line editor (as Mike J. Nichols)
Jared Pruett .... post-production assistant
Richie Williams .... post-production assistant
 
Other crew
Donna Binder .... archival material
Gary Boas .... archival material
Josh Callahan .... production assistant
Stacia Campbell .... production intern
Carol T. Contes .... legal services (as Carol Contes)
Russ Coon .... website: Nova Edge Technologies
Adam Corrigan .... production assistant
Jane P. Davis .... production controller
Jim Dobson .... publicity: Indie PR
Jerry Douglas .... archival material
Peter Ford .... archival material: The Glenn Ford & Eleanor Powell Library and Archives
Samantha Fox .... archival material
Joe Franklin .... archival material: permission, The Joe Franklin Show
Steve Garrin .... archival material: permission, The Joe Franklin Show
Deric Johnson .... production intern
Tim Kincaid .... archival material (as Joe Gage)
Jen Larson .... production intern
Terry LeGrand .... archival material
Michelle Mogavero .... production intern
Richie Ornstein .... archival material: permission, The Joe Franklin Show
Wakefield Poole .... archival material
Jim Reed .... website: Nova Edge Technologies
Simon Rosen .... archival material: permission, The Joe Franklin Show
Debbi Whiting .... archival material
Margaret Whiting .... archival material
Jack Wrangler .... archival material
 
Thanks
Tony Adonis .... special thanks
Pat Allen .... special thanks: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Robert Alvarez .... special thanks (as Bob Alvarez)
Brooks Ashmanskas .... special thanks
Phillip J. Bartell .... special thanks (as Phillip Bartell)
Dennis Bell .... special thanks
Eric Besner .... special thanks
Q. Allan Brocka .... special thanks (as Allan Brocka)
Michael Bronski .... special thanks
Robert Cary .... special thanks (as Rob Cary)
Eryk Casemiro .... special thanks
Anna Chan .... special thanks
James Chan .... special thanks
Hy Chase .... special thanks
Alex Cherian .... special thanks
Greg Chick .... special thanks
Mark Christopher .... special thanks
Gino Colbert .... special thanks
David DeCoteau .... special thanks
Durk Dehner .... special thanks
Frank Del Conte .... special thanks
Samuel R. Delany .... special thanks (as Samuel Delaney)
Michael Denneny .... special thanks
Tom DeSimone .... special thanks (as Tom De Simone)
Jerry Douglas .... special thanks
Kevin Duda .... special thanks
Christine Ebersole .... special thanks
Hedi El Kholti .... special thanks (as Heidi El Kholti)
Paul Evans .... special thanks: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Roberta Findlay .... special thanks
Alexis Fish .... special thanks
Tyson FitzGerald .... special thanks
Theresa Flynt .... special thanks
Peter Ford .... special thanks
Hunter Fox .... special thanks
Samantha Fox .... special thanks
Javier Fuentes-León .... special thanks (as Javier Fuentes-Leon)
Nick Gardner .... special thanks
Jamie Gillis .... special thanks
John Glines .... special thanks
Al Goldstein .... special thanks
Terry Greenberg .... special thanks
Jim Griffin .... special thanks
Larry Grimaldi .... special thanks
Matthew Hanger .... special thanks
Dan Hanks .... special thanks (as Daniel Portley-Hanks)
Philip Harrison .... special thanks
Veronica Hart .... special thanks (as Jane Hamilton)
Lawrence Helman .... special thanks
Frank Henenlotter .... special thanks
Jamie Horne .... special thanks
Charles Hovland .... special thanks
Joe Hughes .... special thanks
Christopher Hull .... special thanks
Matt Johnstone .... special thanks
Holly Jonas .... special thanks
Mike Justice .... special thanks
Arnie Kantrowitz .... special thanks
Ilisa Kessler .... special thanks
Tim Kincaid .... special thanks (as Joe Gage)
Houston King .... special thanks
Barbara Kingston .... special thanks
Casey Lee Klinger .... special thanks (as Casey Klinger)
Chi Chi La Rue .... special thanks
Chad Larabee .... special thanks
Gloria Leonard .... special thanks
Albert Litewka .... special thanks
Jack Liu .... special thanks
William Ivey Long .... special thanks
Joseph F. Lovett .... special thanks (as Joseph Lovett)
Michael Lumpkin .... special thanks
William Lustig .... special thanks
Leah Manoff .... special thanks
William Margold .... special thanks
Eric Martin .... special thanks
Rod McKuen .... special thanks
Royce Mitchell .... special thanks
Sharon Mitchell .... special thanks
Andy Moore .... special thanks
Steven Morowitz .... special thanks
Michael Musto .... special thanks
Kelly Nichols .... special thanks
Michael Oliveira .... special thanks (as Michael C. Oliveira)
Alan Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Henri Pachard .... special thanks
Mark Page .... special thanks
Robert Patrick .... special thanks
Regis Philbin .... special thanks
Stu Pollard .... special thanks
Brian Quinn .... special thanks
Richard Read .... special thanks
Robert W. Richards .... special thanks
Pat Rocco .... special thanks
Howard Rosenman .... special thanks
Candida Royalle .... special thanks
Mark Saltzman .... special thanks
Elias Savada .... special thanks
Ted Sawicki .... special thanks
Eddie Schmidt .... special thanks
Mark Sendroff .... special thanks
Marc Shaiman .... special thanks
David J. Skal .... special thanks
Adrian Sosa .... special thanks
Georgina Spelvin .... special thanks
Tom Spitz .... special thanks
Annie Sprinkle .... special thanks
Kay Starr .... special thanks
Susan Steiger .... special thanks
Darren Stein .... special thanks
Julie Strain .... special thanks
Matthew Sullivan .... special thanks
David Sutton .... special thanks
Jeff Taupier .... special thanks
Jeff Thill .... special thanks
Kevin Thomas .... special thanks
Mike Thomas .... special thanks
Jonathan Tolins .... special thanks (as Jon Tolins)
Steven Toushin .... special thanks
Robert Trachtenberg .... special thanks
Jean Tretter .... special thanks
Jim Tushinski .... special thanks
Bruce Vilanch .... special thanks
Mike Vraney .... special thanks
Wash Westmoreland .... special thanks
Debbi Whiting .... special thanks
Margaret Whiting .... special thanks
Julie Wilson .... special thanks
Carol Woods .... special thanks
Jack Wrangler .... special thanks
Jeffrey Wylie .... special thanks: Akbar & Jeff's Tofu Production Hut (as Jeffrey Wylile)
Paul Yates .... special thanks
Edward Zimmerman .... special thanks
Charles Zubieta .... special thanks
 

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85 min
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Gino Colbert is credited two different ways on screen, first as "Adult Actor & Director," and second as "Asst. to Chuck Vincent."See more »
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References Behind the Green Door (1972)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Prince Among Perverts, 17 July 2010
Author: Dries Vermeulen (Nodriesrespect) from Brugge, Belgium

Talk about timely ! A mere year before his death, which occurred just days before that of legendary blue movie goddess Marilyn Chambers (cruelly robbing the adult industry of two of its most cherished luminaries), Jack Wrangler at last received his due with this jocularly named documentary from Jeffrey Schwarz, seasoned director of many a "Looking Back" featurette stashed away as a valid - if rarely viewed more than once - extra on DVD "Collector's Edition" re-releases. Son of renowned TV producer Robert Stillman (who sired the small screen Western sagas of BONANZA and RAWHIDE), Jack quickly proves the first to debunk his own supposed "myth" as "a big fish in a very small pond", that pond being porn, more specifically gay porn throughout the 1970s. Herein lies the rub. The cataclysmic Stonewall riots of 1969 marked an end to the repression of gay sexuality in America and the euphemisms employed to disguise it. Free expression was the homosexual's newfound right, naturally extending to the artistic fields of theater, photography and cinema, literally tearing at the notorious posing straps that had thus far obscured the models' most desirable parts in that most enduring euphemism of them all, the "physique pictorial" mastered by Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild.

Exposure evolved in explicitness as Broadway choreographer Wakefield Poole rushed his 1971 breakthrough BOYS IN THE SAND into same sex screening rooms weaned on rosy-colored if heartfelt Pat Rocco fare, beating Gerard Damiano's 1972 DEEP THROAT (the straight side's "answer", if you will) to the punch in putting porn on the map. That film's brightly shining star, the late Casey Donovan, may have been the first homo hardcore performer worthy of this increasingly elusive epithet, it would take about half a decade for the newly acceptable form of entertainment to develop its inevitable "icon" in the form of Wrangler. Now, the very nature of an icon is unchanging, regardless of circumstances, and that's exactly what Jack (who took his stage name from the inseparable plaid shirt that was to become his blue collar stud trademark) brought to this decade's dirty movies, a previously unseen type (the rough-hewn man's man who could sexually give or take with equal aplomb) subsequently cultivated into stereotype by the likes of filmmaker Tim Kincaid a/k/a "Joe Gage" and his landmark trucking trilogy, the first episode of which - the 1976 KANSAS CITY TRUCKING CO. - effectively launched Wrangler's carnal career.

Very much unlike an icon however, coming from a background in legit theater and film (having co-starred in Wendell Franklin's notorious 1971 "blaxploitation" offering THE BUS IS COMING), Jack quickly tired from this two-dimensional persona, identical from one fornication flick to another, searching to expand his talents. What better way for an unapologetic gay actor to prove his mettle than by providing the cinematic equivalent to the all too common real life situation where closet homosexuals are able to "pass", by making love to a woman (for the very first time !) and thereby crossing over to the more widely frequented, if in truth only marginally more "respectable", heterosexual corner of the industry. This historical occasion took place on the set of the unjustly overlooked Sam Weston a/k/a "Anthony Spinelli" sleeper CHINA SISTERS with Jack assuming the role of an obnoxious dyed in the wool queer "turned around" by the joint efforts of titular siblings Vicky Lyon and China Leigh. After that, Wrangler's adult career took on astronomical proportions, garnering fame and acclaim for his work on some of the most highly regarded hardcore epics of the genre's "Golden Age", his delectable turn as the devil himself ("Lucy") worthy of Hollywood at its most screwball sophisticated in Ron "Henri Pachard" Sullivan's superlative sequel THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES PART II perhaps the crowning achievement.

Still this was not the end of the line for Jack. Parting from porn prior to pathos kicking in, he made the acquaintance of songbird supreme and Broadway royalty Margaret Whiting, defying both odds and stereotype once again by becoming partner in both love and life to a woman his senior by two decades. Their alliance, however "unlikely", continued harmoniously until his passing. By allowing its animated subject to talk freely, only briefly interrupted by additional talking heads and assorted film clips (a veritable treasure trove for those in the know), this delightful documentary does a great job at drawing a vivid portrait of the "man behind the myth", even for people who may never have heard of him and bridging the gaps for those who have. Resigned in his frustration that he was always being referred to as "former porn star", although artistic and humanitarian endeavors in the three decades since proved plentiful, Jack "Wrangler" Stillman belatedly shapes up as a genuine "Mensch", a proper epitaph for a puny Jewish kid (ironically, his upscale California kinfolk successfully "passed" for Presbyterian in the appearances are everything age that were the 1950s) who bench-pressed his way towards sexual supernova status and in doing so inspired gay men to cast off the shackles of suppression by supplying a positive stereotype to counter-act all the negative ones that preceded it. His importance to both pop culture and general sociology, not just the gay "island" within, should not be slighted. The world's a better place for having known the likes of him.

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