American adult movies from 1970 that have been cut or banned in Australia.
The X-rating, for hardcore sex, was introduced in February 1984.
A History of the Blue Movie
Directed by Alex de Renzy / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In November 1975, a 3234.23-meter (117:53) print of A HISTORY OF THE BLUE MOVIE was banned because of ‘indecency’.
A censored 1914.20-meter (69:46) version lost another 50.30-meter (01:50) before being awarded an R-rating in January 1978.
Seven Keys were the applicant.
I Do Voodoo
Produced by Reel Images – Video Yesteryear / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In January 1981, a 50-minute video of I DO VOODOO was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Hollywood House Video was the applicant.
The Italian Stallion
Directed by Morton Lewis / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In April 1979, a 1801.60-meter (65:40) ‘pre-censor cut version’ of THE ITALIAN STALLION was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was said to be:
Lestrig Trading was the applicant.
1980s video double-bill
In October and November 1985, a 180-minute double-bill tape of THE ITALIAN STALLION and Bob Chinn’s FANTASY WORLD (1979) was twice passed with an R-rating.
The video was submitted by Communication and Entertainment, who released it on their Playaround Video label.
Love Secrets of the Kama Sutra
Directed by Unknown / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In April 1975, a 1886.20-meter (68:45) print of LOVE SECRETS OF THE KAMASUTRA was banned because of ‘indecency’.
An appeal was made to the Films Board of Review. In July 1975, they agreed to register it for restricted exhibition, subject to eliminations of 166-meters being made.
The censored version, missing 166-meters (06:03), was released theatrically by Lyra Films.
The daybill lists the distributor as Louis Film Co.
aka Matinee Hookers
Directed by Kendall Stewart / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In February 1976, a 2359.00-meter (85:59) print of MATINEE WIVES was banned because of ‘indecency’.
A 2017.20-meter (73:31) ‘reconstructed version’ lost a further 159.80-meters (05:49) of indecency before being awarded an R-rating in July 1977. This submission was made under the alternative title of MATINEE HOOKERS.
In both cases, Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.
Re-rated for video
In May 1982, Blake Films had a 2245.70-meter (81:51) print passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
The submission was made under the MATINEE WIVES title.
In February 1984, it was twice passed on video as MATINEE HOOKERS. The first was an 82-minute tape from Blake Films, which was rated for the same reasons as their May 1982 submission.
The second tape ran 88-minutes and came from Pakenham Video Library.
Roadshow released MATINEE HOOKERS on their Vibrant Video label.
For more censored Kendall Stewart (AKA Ken Stewart), see the database entry for CODE NAME: RAW-HIDE (1972).
The Model Hunters
Produced by M.J Productions / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In February 1978, a 1481.22-meter (53:59) print of THE MODEL HUNTERS was banned because of ‘indecency’.
This was followed in April 1978 by the refusal of a 1226.00-meter (44:41) ‘reconstructed version’.
14th Mandolin was the applicant.
Mrs. Stone’s Thing
aka The Very Sensuous Wife
Directed by Joseph F. Robertson / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In August 1976, a 2164.50-meter (78:54) print of MRS. STONE’S THING was banned because of ‘indecency’.
The film was cut down to 1763.70-meters (64:17) but was refused again in October. The following month, Briad Film Productions failed to have this decision overturned by the Films Review Board.
Finally, in January 1977, after seventeen minutes of cuts, a 1700.00-meter (61:58) print was passed with an R-rating.
The daybill poster lists it as being released by Mutual Film Distributors.
Banned in Queensland
On 13 July 1977, the censored R-rated version of MRS. STONE’S THING was prohibited by the Queensland Films Board of Review.
The distributors were Briad Film Productions and Mutual Film Distributors.
In March 1981, a 75-minute videotape of MRS. STONE’S THING was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was described as:
14th Mandolin released the film on their King of Video label.
The PAL running time indicates that it may have been either uncut or slightly censored. In the space of four years, the censor went from demanding seventeen minutes of cuts, to zero.
Banned for sexual violence
In October 1985, Platinum Video had an 80-minute videotape Refused Classification. The reason for the decision was ‘gratuitous sexual violence’.
The tape was submitted under the alternative title of THE VERY SENSUOUS WIFE. It is unclear if this was ever released.
Uncut German video
Mike Hunter Video (de) – VHS as HEISSE FINGERSPIELE – 76:03 (PAL)
The sex in MRS. STONE’S THING is pure softcore, so it is hard to see why it was necessary to remove seventeen minutes of footage for the 1977 theatrical release.
The 1985 refusal is easier to explain. The ‘gratuitous sexual violence’ is as follows.
07:00 to 08:15 approx. – Joanie is making out with her boyfriend in the back of his car. Suddenly she has a flashback and stops; before explaining to him what happened in her past. We are then shown the four-year-old Joanie watching her mother in bed being raped by her father. For the record, the child actor was obviously not present in the same scene. She goes on to explain how as a fourteen year old she was picking flowers when her father leapt from the bushes and raped her. We are shown shots of her struggling as her father pulls open her top.
34:30 to 35:10 approx. – Joanie is being seduced at the party by another woman. She has another flashback to her mother’s rape as she looks on. This is intercut with scenes of the woman seducing her.
36:45 to 38:00 approx. – There is yet another flashback to her mother’s rape. Again, this is intercut with her and the woman on the bed. Joanie suddenly gets rough with her and begins to act as her father did to her mother. The scene ends with her saying ‘You dirty bitch, my mother got to like it, and so will you’.
54:00 to 54:10 approx. – An old man is shown having sex with a distressed woman who mouths the words ‘No’.
For more censored Joseph F. Robertson (AKA David Fleetwood), see the database entries for A TOUCH OF SWEDEN (1971), MEET SWEET MYRA (1973) and A DIRTY WESTERN (1975).
Naked are the Cheaters
Directed by Bob Augustus / 1970 / USA / IMDb
In November 1974, a 2334.00-meter (85:04) print of NAKED ARE THE CHEATERS was censored by 70.6-meters (02:34) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove ‘indecency’.
Blake Film was the applicant.