Appearing in lots of quickie loops and low-budget grinders under many names, this was the time (late-1960s early 1972) when John was in the process of changing his life, from married regular blue collar guy, to hustling his manhood for cash. Holmes worked in both gay and straight still photography and movie shorts. His work in straight porn wound up with John being arrested in 1972 for pimping and pandering. It's reported that he becomes an informant for the police to escape the charges.
In May of 1972, a smut movie production company begins operations with their first mail order flyer for a selection of gay 8mm films, one of which stars John Holmes. These images (below) are from a color copy of a 1972 gay loop that Holmes performed in. He's very young and enjoying himself with the company of a male pal. The soft core interactions between the two of them look genuinely playful. First they are laughing and just hanging out in the kitchen, then they go to the bedroom. John is already nude waiting in bed and the banter is playful between the two of them as his pal undresses and climbs in bed. Afterwards they shower together.
No one can say for certain how many gay-oriented reels and loops John performed in. Holmes went by a lot of stage names in the late 1960s when he was appearing in stag and loops. Sometimes he was not even credited at all. His very early gay work shows that the young John Holmes was sexually attractive, something that is often ignored. Efforts continue to locate all surviving 8 mm loops starring Holmes that he appeared in during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s and to convert them to electronic media for posterity. Since most 8 mm smut films (due to the nature of the fragile film stock used at that time) were either thrown away, damaged from storage in basements and garages, or disintegrated from wear and time, it is believed that the majority of Holmes' loops are lost forever.
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