Friday, May 29, 2015

Braun Gets 'Dangerous'!

Michael Braun with Jim Rodgers in Dangerous

Michael Braun's resume in porn may not be as lengthy as some other classic smut stars, but his sex appeal has been proven to stand the tests of time, and many consider his best work to have been in 1983's Dangerous.  Mike's performance Dangerous was released the same year as Gold Rush Boys and gave him the distinction of starring in two major gay films in 1983.  VGMH's Male Sex Icon award winner Al Parker (the film was by Parker's Surge Studio) and director Steve Scott collaborated to create what has become a classic gay movie with Dangerous, and not exclusively because of the sex scenes.  This is a movie that reflects the era it was created within.

The storyline for Dangerous involves something that many gay men have experienced in real life: being attracted to anonymous sex in public bathrooms with strangers.  This is very risky behavior in any decade, but in this pre-condom world of 1983, the biggest concern of the star seems to be with the possibily of getting arrested and explaining why (again) he was out looking for dick instead of being satisfied with the nice one on his boyfriend at home, who bailed him out of jail (again).
Amazingly, all of this activity happens at the very beginning of the movie and the rest of the film is about the boyfriend's personal journey into the gritty world of glory holes in order to try and find out what the thrill is about.  Tip: Try to play 'name that dick' and guess which cameo cock in the movie belonged to none other than Al Parker.

1970's gay porn used the glory hole theme often.  Still relatively fresh off of the go-go 1970's, the behavior of sucking a stranger's cock through a hole in the men's room stall wall was very common in major cities and places with military bases.   Simply put, it was supply (cocks on horny men looking to cum) and demand (mouths on horny men looking to suck) coming together in an efficient way that demanded anonymity with both speed and convenience.
Glory holes offered  closeted and straight married men a quick sexual release without having any social contact whatsoever.  While they had been around for decades (police reports and news about them being a social nuisance date back to the early 1900's), glory holes really came into their own during the late 1960's-early 1980's.   As one 1977 expose noted of businessmen in Chicago's financial district on Friday nights, the guys looking for sex were all ages: "[They've got]... enough time after leaving work and before the train home to slip into a bookstore and get sucked off.  It's free and fast."  For other men, it was the thrill of possibly being caught in the sex act that made it exciting. And yet other guys just liked sucking cock-any cock.
While many men simply had a good time, there were some obvious deterrents. Perhaps not surprising, glory holes offered a physical barrier that some men (in denial about their sexuality) often found appealing, which included homophobes who hated themselves and gay men in general.  Locations around military bases were sometimes fraught dangers, as young guys with issues would perform the act and then beat up the guy on the other side of the stall, in order  to distance themselves from what just had happened between them.   Glory holes were also easy places for police to make many arrests of "deviants" in a short period of time.  STD's (for both the blower and the blowee) were also common.  And of course, in just a few years the threat of AIDS would become a factor in reducing their popularity.

Dangerous was made when Boners were real and not created by taking a pill.  And some porn movies provided story lines and not just grunts and one-liners.    In this story, Rogers and Braun (boyfriends) have a serious discussion about what creates the desire for seeking out anonymous sex in public bathrooms. Rogers is afraid that his man goes looking for dick because he's not happy with him.  Braun assures him that it's not Rogers.
Rogers decides to try anonymous sex for himself to discover why his lover likes it so much.  He gives it a real good try,as a  matter of fact, and winds up sucking four cocks, watches a man suck himself off, and gets a blowjob!  His carnal desires are evident as he gulps and explores each cock through the hole.  The film ends with Braun and Rogers both kneeling at a glory hole together, sharing a cock between themselves and kissing. A happy ending!

It's obvious that both Parker and Scott wanted to produce a quality product. Mr. Parker's amazing life has been featured here at VGMH before and will receive an encore this spring for those that may have missed it. It's reported that Steve Scott began by working in the publicity department at Universal Studios in the late 1960's.   He began in straight porn via a friend who was a distributor, before trying his hand in the gay film genre (The Young Intruder). Besides quality, Scott's movies are known for minimal music during sex scenes, an expectation that his models perform hard, and Scott's use of various body types and ages.

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