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Ian Jane
04-14-2012, 09:38 AM
We spent the better part of the night last night with the Cult Epics Irving Klaw four disc set. I hadn't pulled this out in years and last night seemed like as good a night as any to revisit this stuff. I noticed last night, and didn't really notice prior, that Klaw used a lot of the same sets for most of his movies - maybe he's put a different throw rug over the couch or something but aside from that, a lot of them take place in what looks like the same room. There's also not a whole lot more to camerawork than just putting it on a tripod and letting the film fly - sometimes focus is an issue, sometimes the girls wander to close to the camera and their heads get cut off. There's definitely an amateur movie/home movie sort of vibe to a lot of the material though some are a bit more polished than others.

With that said, they've got a whole lot of cool, sexy, kinky charm. They seem pretty harmless by modern standards so it's interesting to think back on how controversial they were during Klaw's day. The man captured some great images though. When the movies play out you can very plainly see flash bulbs going off from behind the camera which, given the amount of photos he offered along with the 8mm movies, isn't surprising.

I'm glad Cult Epics has preserved this stuff and we all owe Klaw a huge debt for giving us those Bettie Page movies because they're just simply awesome.

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Ian Jane
04-14-2012, 09:39 AM
Lots of Klaw clips on youtube.... lousy quality but hey.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJ_0KOhX5U


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rgkmfVavlU

Meow!

Alison Jane
04-14-2012, 10:34 AM
Definitely fun.

Ian Jane
04-15-2012, 10:14 AM
Teaerama is pretty great, in a fairly awful sort of way. Lily St. Cyr and Bettie are great, that sort of goes without saying, but man are some of those comedy acts ever terrible. So terrible that they're not funny but so completely unfunny that they're sort of amusing if that makes any sense.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVoPji_aOro

Alison Jane
04-16-2012, 06:05 PM
I'm really glad I finally watched these. I put it off for a long time because I dig the imagery so much and didn't want to be disappointed by not liking the films. Thankfully, I enjoyed them quite a bit.

Dom D
04-16-2012, 11:23 PM
I use the Klaw collection as part of video compilations that I cut together for a burlesque bar to project on it's walls between acts. Some of the bondage is really quite perverse and yet somehow no one ever gets offended. It somehow pulls off the trick of being very naughty while seeming like it's just a bit of old fashioned fun at the same time.

Watching these you can really see why Betty was the star of the day. She's the only one who performs to the camera. The other girls are all dancing as if there's an imaginary audience back there. Though as these were pretty cheap and cheerful productions and the girls were barely paid I guess the audience couldn't expect the girls to put in too much work.

Randy G
04-17-2012, 03:02 AM
What's the quality of the Cult Epics set like?

Ian Jane
04-17-2012, 08:59 AM
Some of the bondage is really quite perverse and yet somehow no one ever gets offended. It somehow pulls off the trick of being very naughty while seeming like it's just a bit of old fashioned fun at the same time.

I think that sums it up really well. I think a lot of the reason it doesn't seem to offend is that it's fairly playful even when it does delve into kink. The fact that Bettie's almost always got a sweet smile on her face probably goes a long way towards diffusing whatever offensive nature the material might have, it just makes it seem like they're having fun.

Randy, as far as the Cult Epics set goes, it looks decent enough for what it is. I can post some screen caps after work. They don't look amazing and probably never will but for old 8mm transfers you can't complain too much. I'm also fairly certain that the Cult Epics set is the most complete collection of Klaw films available.

Ian Jane
04-25-2012, 10:06 AM
I just wanted to post this picture is all.

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Todd Jordan
04-25-2012, 11:14 AM
No one will fault you for your decision to post that picture. Nice curtain.

Randy G
04-28-2012, 04:25 AM
I'll have to get this, huge Bettie fan.

Ian Jane
07-25-2012, 11:15 AM
Just because it deserves to be posted.

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Ian Jane
02-13-2013, 12:29 PM
Interesting, albeit sad, brief article here (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2012/12/movie-star-news-now.html) about what happened to Movie Star News, the company Irving Klaw started that handled all the Bettie Page photos.

"We learned in July that the venerable shop would be closing after 73 years of history in the city. By the end of that month the owner had packed up and sold Irving Klaw's entire Bettie Page collection to a Las Vegas collectibles company."

It was there for 73 years.

Ian Jane
01-13-2015, 10:50 AM
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Jobla
01-13-2015, 08:38 PM
I used to get mail-order catalogs from Movie Star News in the 1960's and 1970's (movie star stuff, not kinky stuff). I bought a few photos, and perhaps some movie pressbooks as well. I was much more interested in pressbooks than photos.

Ian Jane
02-06-2015, 09:42 AM
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Ian Jane
02-17-2015, 10:40 AM
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Ian Jane
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Ian Jane
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Dark Horse 77
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Lucky Wolfman!

Ian Jane
08-26-2015, 09:43 AM
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Jason C
08-26-2015, 09:57 AM
Is there a hardcover book of Bettie Page photos you'd recommend?

Ian Jane
08-26-2015, 10:19 AM
I'd say get the Cult Epics Irving/Bettie boxed set as the shorts are great, but I think it's oop.

Queen Of Curves (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0789327481/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0789327481&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=KMTIXCR54ERS7FD6) is probably the best book on the Yeager photos.

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That's going to be the glammier stuff though. For the Klaw/BDSM stuff there isn't a definitive collection that I know of but there are various collections available, though again, a lot of this stuff is OOP.

Ian Jane
09-04-2015, 10:21 AM
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Ian Jane
03-26-2016, 11:15 AM
Has anyone here actually seen Bettie Page Reveals All? Saw a trailer for it last night and it reminded me that it existed and that it was probably interesting but it looks like DVD only and that annoys me. Also I want to know it's worth the money before buying it. The fact that she narrates it herself means it's probably pretty solid, but still. Can anyone recommend it?

Randy G
03-27-2016, 08:03 AM
I wondered if that was a legit release when I saw it. Should have scooped it up I guess.

Jason C
03-28-2016, 10:23 AM
Has anyone here actually seen Bettie Page Reveals All? Saw a trailer for it last night and it reminded me that it existed and that it was probably interesting but it looks like DVD only and that annoys me. Also I want to know it's worth the money before buying it. The fact that she narrates it herself means it's probably pretty solid, but still. Can anyone recommend it?

The blu-ray has been sitting on the top my watch pile for a couple months. I'd throw it in tonight but I'm in the middle of moving. It could be a few weeks before I'm settled in. But if you want to wait I'll make a priority and get back with you.

In packing all my stuff up I found a Betty Page book. So I will have a Betty Page night very soon.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/778/332/1600/Betty-Page-Confidential.jpg

John W.
03-29-2016, 02:11 PM
I watched Bettie Page Reveals All on Netflix streaming a while back. I'm not sure if it's still on there or not. It was pretty good, not great, but enjoyable and very much worth watching.

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06-02-2016, 09:58 AM
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Dark Horse 77
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Keith H
03-04-2019, 01:42 PM
What a body!!
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11-05-2019, 07:40 PM
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