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Private Parts (1972)

Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Philip Kearney (original screenplay), Les Rendelstein (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ayn Ruymen ... Cheryl Stratton
Lucille Benson ... Aunt Martha Atwood
John Ventantonio ... George Atwood
Laurie Main ... Reverend Moon
Stanley Livingston ... Jeff
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Jeff's Dad
Ann Gibbs Ann Gibbs ... Judy Adams
Len Travis Len Travis ... Mike
Dorothy Neumann ... Mrs. Quigley
Gene Simms Gene Simms ... First Policeman
John Lupton ... Second Policeman
Patrick Strong Patrick Strong ... Artie
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After a falling out with her roommate Judy Adams, a friend from home and her only real friend in Los Angeles, Cheryl Stratton, a teenaged runaway from Cleveland, searches out the Kingston Hotel, operated by her maternal Uncle Orville and Aunt Martha Atwood neither who she's ever met but of who she's only heard stories, for a place to stay temporarily instead of going home. In Cheryl finding the rundown hotel and her uncle long deceased, seemingly puritanical Aunt Martha reluctantly allows Cheryl to stay for a few days. Cheryl, who tries to be more grown up emotionally than she actually is, is ill-prepared for living at the Kingston, being scared not only of the things that go bump in the night, but those that go bump in the day as well. After meeting a few of the rather odd cast of long term residents of the hotel, Cheryl discovers that one of them anonymously has an interest in her and is thus watching her. In Cheryl secretly going on a search for her admirer, one-by-one she ... Written by Huggo

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A most bizarre voyage into the psycho sexual! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Penelope Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon its initial release, the film was advertised in local newspapers without the title. Described as "too shocking to print," readers were asked to call theatres showing the film to find what the title was. See more »

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Immediately after Whitey the rat dies, its dead body is totally stiff. It would take a few hours for rigor mortis to set in for a rat, not immediately as is shown. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Martha: I thought she was just a child. But she's like all the rest in this family. Can't wait to wiggle her little body to get men all riled up.
George Atwood: That's the way women are. If they were any different, they'd be freaks.
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NOT the Howard Stern movie--this is actually pretty good
24 January 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This movie begins with the protagonist, a teenage girl (Ayn Ruymen) being kicked out by her roommate after she spies on said roommate and her boyfriend having sex (this is perhaps a little strange since the protagonist is quite the babe while her roommate is kind of a beast even by non-Hollywood standards). Fortunately, she has an aunt nearby who operates one of those old fashion LA hotels and who gives her a room and job. Naturally, the hotel is chock-full of weirdos, and one of the weirdest is a reclusive, voyeuristic photographer with whom the aunt seems to have some strange relationship. Things start to turn around for the girl. She meets a nice guy, and also becomes romantically involved with the strange but handsome photographer. Unfortunately, though several bloody murders occur in the hotel and her former roommate, who comes looking for her, meets a sticky fate. And someone seems to be stalking the protagonist herself.

Many times in the past I've heard some loutish guy say of a pretty girl that he'd like to "drink her bathwater". Well, the stalker here does a lot more than that (I couldn't really spoil it if I wanted to, but it also involves a blow-up doll and blood-filled syringe). This is Paul Bartel's first film. It was made before "Death Race 2000" or "Eating Rauol", but it holds it's own pretty well against those. It has a great creepy locale (I'd love to stay in one of these old LA hotels if there were still any around that haven't been turned into vastly overpriced B and B for tourists), and it has an effective horror/black comic atmosphere. The mystery here isn't all that surprising, but it sure is deliciously weird. Ayn Ruymen and the women who plays her aunt are both pretty good. Ruymen was very cute, and while I personally am much too cultured and refined to make crude comments about drinking her bathwater, I sure did enjoy seeing her in it.

Also don't confuse this with the later Howard Stern movie of the same name. This is less famous, but actually a lot better.


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