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Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 16 May 1977
A teenaged boy arrives in Hollywood to become a movie star, but winds up becoming a male prostitute and gets involved with a gay football star.


John Erman


Walter Dallenbach (teleplay), Dalene Young (story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh McCloskey ... Alexander Duncan
Eve Plumb ... Dawn Wetherby
Juliet Mills ... Myra
Jean Hagen ... Landlady
Lonny Chapman ... Eddie Duncan (as Lonnie Chapman)
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Buddy
Diana Douglas ... Clara Duncan
Fred Sadoff Fred Sadoff ... Mr. Anderson
Alice Hirson ... Judge White
John Devlin John Devlin
Frances Faye ... Herself (as Miss Frances Faye)
Alan Feinstein ... Charles Selby
Earl Holliman ... Ray Church
Jack Rader ... Jack
Claudia Bryar ... Ms. Mathias


A teenaged boy arrives in Hollywood to become a movie star, but winds up becoming a male prostitute and gets involved with a gay football star.

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Release Date:

16 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aamunkajon tuolla puolen See more »

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Douglas S. Cramer Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Jean Hagen's final performance. See more »


Follows Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976) See more »

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Hot stuff for 1977...and incredibly tame and sanitized when seen today.
25 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is the sequel to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway". This original made for TV movie was pretty shocking as America got to see Eve Plumb (from "The Brady Bunch") playing a prostitute! Pretty steamy stuff for the 1970s. Well, the character is back but plays second fiddle to Alexander (Leigh McCloskey)...her love interest who also is a prostitute who mostly services men...though he insists that he's not gay (and they never mention that he's most likely bisexual).

Like the first movie, this one is HIGHLY sanitized because otherwise they never would have allowed it to be shown on TV. So, you never really see Alexander prostituting himself and the film jumps too quickly from Alexander being homeless to sleeping with folks for profit. It basically talks around what is happening. Additionally, McCloskey and Plumb look so whitebread and so pretty that it is hard to imagine either being prostitutes. As a result, instead of being shocking it comes off as a bit silly. Additionally, the film feels very episodic and disjoint...perhaps due to some editing to please the network. Because of this, it's really not that good a movie BUT it's also a groundbreaking and important film due to its subject matter...and for that reason folks might wanna give it a look.

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