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.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Magic Mike

Mike appeared solo in some vintage erotica for men to enjoy.  Many gay fans would continue to follow his work (As Mike Ranger) and that famous curved cock throughout his long career in straight smut.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Guess the Retro Stud: Mr. Mike Arlen!

Patrons of early 1980s gay smut might have recognized him as Mike Arlen, but he was already well on his way to becoming a true superstar of straight porn under the name of Mike Ranger.  Reportedly born Michael Grainger included Bob Sherman, Chuck Fabrae, Jack Gooding, Mark Ranger, Michael Ranger, Michael Stapp, Michael Stewart, Michael Stuart, Mike Carlson, Mike Fairmont, Mike Grainger, Mike Stapp, Mike Step, Mike Steph, Mike Stepp, Mike Strong, Mike Wrangler, Peter Kurzon, and West Regent.   While his career in adult entertainment probably began in the 1970s with meat market loops, thankfully for his gay fans, Mike performed solo for Nova in Fistsfull (a 1984 release).

In this movie compilation featuring six gentlemen, Mike's solo performance is titled  The Jock, The Music and the Mirror and features Arlen masturbating that famous bent dick, which would eventually be invited into the mouth, pussy and/or ass of pretty much every female star of  golden-era 1980s porn.   It's widely reported that in 1980 female porn star Loni Sanders first met her future husband Mike Ranger on the set of a soft-core picture.  Loni initially acted in hardcore X-rated movies with just Ranger and other women, but eventually performed with men other than Mike.  After divorcing Mike Ranger she continued in the business.  To his credit, Mike was a talented actor as well as skilled sportsman when it came to fucking the ladies and always delivered terrific performances.  While intended for straight audiences, many of his straight movies wisely focused the lens on Mike as he (in an era before erection pills) enjoyed sewing countless seeds from those hairy dishwater blond balls, using that muscular yet wiry ass to flex its way into movie history.  And as we will see in part three of this series, when VHS rental tapes became popular with home audiences in the 1980s, it was one classic movie featuring one classic scene (with Mike's body in action doing naughty things to an actress) that caused many to freeze the image so often that the tapes would become stretched in that location.

VGMH BONUS!!  Also in this movie was handsome Dan Kennedy who also performs in a solo scene.   Big-dicked and comfortable riding a crotch rocket, we watch as Dan wrenches his bike up and then decides to get himself off, complete with a nice old-school athletic supporter cock rub on the leather seat saddle as he humps and pumps it.  Finally the scents of gasoline, oil, and sweaty man all combine to fill the musty garage with the pungent aroma of sperm. The photo below is probably enough for many men (and women) to beg for a ride...on his bike?
And since we know that studios were never shy about recycling, here's a nifty stand-alone ad for Dan's scene (titled the same as in the compilation movie as The Biker Jocker).  We will feature more of Dan in the future.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guess the Famous Retro Stud! (part two)

Wow!  Thanks to everyone who emailed a response, and thanks to those who expressed their frustration about not being able to post to the story itself sincere apologizes, but with all of the spam content VGMH was getting I had no choice but to (hopefully temporarily) turn off comments.  It was a surprise to read how many men identified with this particular Hustler magazine issue from their youth.  Many shared that they recalled finding the magazine which belonged to their Dad or an older brother. 
There was plenty of content suitable for gay men to enjoy with this pictorial. 

Please Stay Tuned For Part Three

Monday, May 11, 2015

Guess the Famous Retro Stud!

The year was 1979 and the month was May.  Hustler magazine not only was a publication for all-American straight men, it was for straight men who liked their smut raunchy in comparison to classier rags like Playboy.  And thanks to its very progressive (when it came to sexuality and gay rights) and intellectual publisher Larry Flynt, the magazine gave the readers what they wanted but also challenged them to think.  Both Penthouse and Hustler had begun including men in their sexual pictorials in the lalf of the 1970s and while some readers were upset seeing 'limp dicked men' with their hottie chicks, the popularity of the pictorials translated to more unit sales.  Straight-identified males like to watch other men having sex with women in smut.  Looking at the cover, for all the sex, the magazine was very topical and cultural.  Interestingly, the cover from 1979 asks 'Why the politicians fear instant voting' (still an issue today) and advertises a story on 'Circumcision: Repressive mutilation' (any visit to a gym showers will confirm that cutting cocks was on its way out with parents).
OK, so some may think that maybe Hayloft Harvest was published in the wrong season (Fall would have probably made more sense?)  but thanks to my farmer uncle Roy from Kansas, I know that winter wheat is harvested actually from mid-May to mid-July.

So maybe the readers were drooling over the naked lady, but the stud in the photo shoot was a true smut star in his own right who had a loyal gay fan base. He began his career in the adult entertainment industry in low-budget films and short loops in his early 20's (which was also the early 1970s) and remained an active performer in straight porn until 1992.  The viewpoint of the underside of his curved cock (when erect, his penis curves to his left) is one of the most-recognizable in smut film history because of one of his most-famous roles in a classic 1980 straight film, which was shot glorifying him during heated penetration.  It's also reported that he appeared solo in gay-oriented smut using another name. Recognize him or his famous pleasure stick?

Please stay tuned for part two.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

1992 The Living End

Craig Gilmore (left) and Mike Dytri in The Living End
There are days when it feels like everyone who I encounter is trying their best to make me angry, upset or disillusioned with getting to payday.  These are definitely "glass is half empty" days at work.  But let's forget about everyday insults and indignities...For courageous folks back in 1992, the time had arrived to come out fighting against a world that oftentimes spewed hatred and violence at gay men in ways that were horrifically being endorsed by large swaths of "civilized" societies around the world.   The AIDS epidemic and hysteria/discrimination against gay men had reached the point where socially active people were pushing back.   

This brings us to Gregg Araki’s  film The Living End.  Life is happening all around two HIV-positive gay men and they decide to be more than victims of rules and stigmas in an AIDS homophobic world.  It has been compared to a gay Thelma & Louise.   Luke kills a homophobic police officer and the two men head on out for a road trip with the motto "Fuck everything."  It’s an emotionally-raw movie with indie production values that only add to the message being delivered on screen. The most controversial scene is when Luke convinces Jon to have sex without a condom in the shower.  In 1993 Philadelphia would also be released, but this gritty little film came out first about fighting back.  The Living End was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.  Rolling Stone's Peter Travers found The Living End a "savagely funny, sexy and grieving cry" made more heart-rending by "Hollywood's gutless fear of AIDS movies"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

1987 Prick up Your Ears

Gary Oldman as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears
Directed by Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette), Prick up Your Ears is a movie about real-life gay British playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell (based on the book by John Lahr).   In addition to great acting, the film won critical praise for presenting a complicated gay relationship set in the 1960s England, complete with Orton's unwillingness to acknowledge having a male lover.

This movie was very edgy in 1987 and is as much a period film about the late 1980's (when the movie was first released) as it is about the 1960's (when the action in the movie takes place).  1987 was during the era of AIDS and audiences who watched Prick up Your Ears were often afraid and uneasy about the topic of gay sex.  In England in 1987, the first specialist AIDS hospital ward was opened by Princess Diana.  The fact that she did not wear gloves when shaking hands with people with AIDS was widely reported in the press.  The context of what was happening in society back then is important when comparing the film to today.

This film is the story of the talented life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. "I have high hopes of dying in my prime," Joe Orton wrote in his diary in July, 1967.  Less than one month later, he had been murdered by his lover in the London flat that they had shared for 15 years.

In his teens, Orton becomes befriended by the older, less self-assured Kenneth.  Orton is attractive and daring and enjoys the risks of anonymous sex with strangers in public places.  Halliwell is less-desirable in the world of pick-up sex and much  more introverted than Orton.   Orton eventually achieves fame (his plays Entertaining Mr. Sloane and Loot) become hits in London.  He's commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles.  Kenneth resents the success of his lover and fears that their dysfunctional relationship may come to and end as Orton grows more and more popular and successful, outgrowing him. Despondent, Halliwell kills Orton and commits suicide.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 1983

Starting on page 51 of this issue was this nice photo journal featuring KEVIN HASLAM.  As the magazine put it so well: "Our Man for May will put wind in your sails—he's a sensational yachtsman from Florida."  This was 1983, and photo shoots of men captured in rugged and masculine surroundings doing things (that they would normally have work clothes on) was a Playgirl specialty.