DIRECTOR JACK DEVEAU |
Jack Deveau was the president of Hand In Hand Films, probably the most well-regarded "all-male cast" studio in the 1970's (Studflix called him the "master of narrative gay porn"). Director of the following films, you will also see his name as producer of many others, directed by the likes of Tom DeSimone, Peter de Rome, and Arch Brown; as well as an occasional "acting" role (like in Adam and Yves). He got his start in the business after his lover, Bob Alvarez (already working in commercial film, and who would edit all of Jack's films), and pal Sal Mineo tried talking him into it. Mineo took Jack to a production meeting for an upcoming film of his, and after Jack heard the film executives say "some of the dumbest things" he'd ever heard, he knew he could do better! Deveau died in 1982 of lung cancer.
- Left-Handed (1972)
Story about an antique dealer, his hustler boyfriend, and their pot dealer -- and the relationships that ensue; Deveau's first film. Fantastic trippy opening sequence. Basic plot is about a gay man who seduces a straight man, and how the realtionship develops from the "traditional" role of the gay man as "bottom", and how the roles reverse as the film progresses, to the point of the straight man getting into gay orgy scenes. Includes one str8 sex scene. Unfortunately, the brief fisting scene is "blurred" in the video version (which, of course, is better than what was done in L.A. Plays Itself, chopping the fisting scene almost completely out of the video version altogether!). Left Handed opened in 1972 at Manhattan's notorious all-male showcase, the 55th Street Playhouse. Ray Frank, Robert Rika, and Larry Burns; plus: Al Mineo (hmmm), Bob Williams, Teri Reardon, Alex Marks, and Warren Mans
- Strickly Forbidden (1974)
Made in France, a young man goes to an art museum where he stumbles upon a "forbidden" private collection. He sneaks in after hours to see it, and the erotic male statues come to life and guide him through various sex acts. Allegedly there is some footage from inside the Musee Rodin! Stars Thomas Jeffries; museum statuers: Hugh Allen, Big Bill Eld, Daniel Novan, Alain Queret, Robert L Clerc, Paul McFleet, Jean-Pierre; museum guard: Gene Kelton; second student Daniel Mesplet, and Jack Deveau as "Monsier". (Also called Le Musee , may have been illegally released in Europe in 1976 under that name.) Original music by Didier Vasseur (sounds like moog synthesizer, but I could be wrong).
- Drive (1974)
The title refers both to the male sexual drive and to the fact that the hero of the movie is always tooling around Manhattan in a Lamborghini; and a villainess drag queen who tries to rid men of their sex drives! Sounds amazing, with a screenplay by Christopher Rage (who also, in drag, plays the villainess Arachne) with over 50 people in the cast - Starring: Mary Jim Sstunning (a.k.a. Christopher Rage) as Arachne; Mark Luna, Mark Woodward, Peter de Rome, Peter Fersen, Shawn Roberts, Michael Corrigan, Frank Ventgen, Brian Destazio, Richard Abel, Jack Brusca, Harvey Shamber, Jaap Penraat, Stan Glinter, S.V. Newman, and John Fromme - In the disco: Freeman Freeman, Chris Ritter, Avery Addison, Bill Gillers, Steven Sampson, Bill Fitter, Jim Case, Ted Valkus, Renfroe Meyer, Lorrenzo Lasalle, Arch Fairbanks, Denny Mans, Arch Hilborn, Ray Frank, Chris Mobley, Al Kelms; In the Steamroon: Marty Marks, Rusty Lewis, Tray Christopher, Nick Shulman, Paul Turley, Rober Alvarez, Clif Dover, Jack Deveau, Mark Sayles, Joe Gun, Seth Poole; In the Locked Room: George Culver, W. Grippo, Marvin Desimone, John Willard, Paul Conaway, Frederick C. Mongue II; In the Dungeon: Curtis Brtown, Carlyle Taylor, Cal Mansour, Kenric Hawley, Joaquin Mineo, Richard Morrisey; In the Water Bucket: Harold Reardon, and Under the Blade: Kenric Brown.
- Ballet Down the Highway (1975)
A dancer's life is disrupted by an affair with a truck driver. Deveau's lover Robert Alvarez (who often was editor of Deveau's films) in a rare role in front of the camera. Garry Hunt is great as the truck driver, who falls for the rather aloof ballet dancer. With Henk Van Dijk (the dancer), Jeff Sullivan, ("and 30 others!" the box boasts!)
- Good Hot Stuff (1975)
A behind-the-scenes look at how Hand In Hand made porno films, along with some scenes of the studio's releases. Released in France as Histoires D'Hommes, it was the first hardcore gay film released there.
- Wanted: Billy the Kid (1976)
An actor ("Mr. Bare America" winner Dennis Walsh) supplements his income by earning needed cash as a hustler. My favorite scene is when he "pays the rent". The non-sex scenes between Billy and his best friend are great - they even do a decent reading from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof! (she's also an aspiring actor) also starring Compton Payne (Business Man), Megan Ross (Karen, Billy's best friend), Peter Thadliski (Angelo - the "super"), John Meyers (Brian, the photographer), Darc Traid (Moses), Ron Leigh (Mark), Rene' (as Beverly), John Tyme (as Doug), Larry Marsland (as the dentist), Mark Ekwell as the Thai Chi instructor; and in the Thai Chi class: Bob Mulare, Geoffrey Welch, Gakin Mantis, Steve Eberhart, Bob Alvarez, and Mark Woodward (cameramen Deveau and Tom DeSimone, editor Robert Alvarez) - Theme song "I'll Be Your Mirror" by David Earnest and Moose 100 <82 min>
- Rough Trades (1977)
After some criticism of too much plot, not enough sex in his films, this was Jack's answer: A film involving "blue collar" guys having sex with each other, and the owner of a New York penthouse that they are working on. Hugh Allen, David Gorsky, Myles Longue (aka Ed Wiley), Bobby Cruz, Rit Young, and Steve Dory. Unfortunately, the Bijou Video release has blurred the fisting scene of phone repairman Gorsky, as well as Gorsky's scene in the elevator with the delivery boy (and his vegetables!) - even if it's not your "thing" it's actually a very well-filmed scene, natural lighting, unimposing jazzy 70's porn music (not like some of those modern videos that look more like a medical training movie!) .
- Hot House (1977)
Roger and Jack Wrangler star in this comical tale of frustration as two horny men try to find privacy in a New York apartment that is invaded by drunken painters, crabby janitors, and neighbors who have lost their keys. Supposed to be Roger's best performance (it's his first onscreen). Roger and Garry Hunt are watching a black and white porno movie (courtesy of Norman Fisher - Joe Dallesandro in this "film within a film" scene, originally made in the 60's where he sucks, fucks, etc). With Jayson MacBride, and Garry Hunt, David Hunter, Eric Streiff, and in a non-sexual role Tray Christopher (Chris Rage's voice as M.J. Stunning, a radio D.J.).
- Sex Magic (1977)
A magic ring makes the wearer's wishes and dreams come true. Opens with Roger whacking off, as Egyptian King Osorkon II, wearing the "ring of pleasure" (this scene re-appears in A Night At The Adonis). Some 3000 years later, Roger (this time as Bo Geste) is a construction worker who finds the ring while digging through rubble in Manhattan. Putting on the ring makes him irresistable to str8 co-worker Mandingo, and soon they are in the construction hut, Roger ripping open the back of Mandingo's white union suit... you get the idea. Later, at home, Roger tries relaxing by playing a "hot talk tape", and the voice comes alive - hunky window washer Jack Wrangler jerks off outside his apartment window (yes, he's strapped on outside, 17th floor, his cock hanging out, as he actually alternates scrubbing the window and whacking his dick). Of course he lets himself in and bends over for Roger - both their bodies look fantastic! Afterwards, while leaning out the window, Roger drops the ring. Oddly, he's on West 93rd St, but the next scene shows AWOL'er Tony Rusca picking up the ring from the curb outside the Times Square Howard Johnson before going inside. Once inside, he calls home to discuss coming out with his mother (she's all for it) then a knock at the door - 2 Sergeants arrive to take Rusca back to the Army (but not before a hot 3-way on the couch). Lastly, Big Bill Eld arrives in the same room, the bellhop shows him the room, turns on the TV ( we hear Whatever Happened to Baby Jane dialogue), and leaves with the magic ring. Moments later he is called back to the room so Eld can give him a tip - actually, the whole thing - all of his famously massive meat. Starring Jack Wrangler and Roger; plus Mandingo, Big Bill Eld, Jason MacBride, Tony Rusca, Lee Foster (bellhop) ; introducing Tom Trooper (yes, one of the Sergeants). (off-screen voices: Phone operators = Jim Delegatti, Mrs Lucille Sharmat = B Lackey, Narration = Kees Chapman, who was also camerman and mixer); Written By Moose 100, editing of course by Bob Alvarez.
- Dune Buddies (1978)
A New York City teacher (Malo)needs to get away from the constant cruising and pick-ups of Manhattan by taking a month at the beach - Fire Island! With Matt Harper, D.(Paolo) Gorsky, Larry Paige, Hugh Allen, Pepe Brazil, Gary Hunt, and of course, Myles Longue (his real name, no doubt). Written by Moose 100.
- A Night at the Adonis (1978)
Fantastic film. Starts off with a young man starting a job at The Adonis, a job he got through his college's placement office! - while dozens line up outside waiting for it to open. Jack Wrangler can't get into his boss's (Malo) pants, so he "settles" for a day at the Adonis. A "kept man" who's lover is too inattentive, winds up at The Adonis re-thinking their relationship. After a haircut (and more) from Jayson MacBride, Malo winds up at the Adonis. Sex on the screen, sex in the seats, sex in the bathroom. Jayson MacBride in a hot scene with Jack Wrangler. Great bathroom orgy scene. Written by Moose 100. Stars Jack Wrangler, Jayson MacBride, Geraldo, Tommy Ruscica, Malo, Big Al Little, Keith Strickland, Chris Michaels, Todd Tavers, Paul Maul, Eartha Hugee (the ticket booth lady), Robert A. Glory, and Victor Williams. Plus Bill ELd, Lee Foster, Roger, and Mandingo (in scenes from Sex Magic) Myles Longue (whacking off in a scene from Narcissus II)and Mark Woodward (in a scene from Bagdad). And would a great porn film be complete without a bit of Sylvester playing in the background?
- Fire Island Fever (1979)
Two lovers decide to try for an open relationship during their vacation in Cherry Grove; jealousies, LSD laced tea going to the wrong guy (Garry Hunt, involving a great trippy sequence featuring Matt Harper), and plenty of sex, of course. Larry Paige, John Carlo, Garry Hunt, Chris Michaels, Hugh Allen, Matt Harper (aka Will Seagers), David Littler, and Pepe Brazil; plus George, Frank, Johnny, and Juanita.
- Just Blonds (1980)
Young man (Ken Carter)leaves home, and on his first night encounters 3 horny men - Scorpio, Lee Marlin and Eric Ryan - more LSD in this one! Supposed to have beautiful outdoor photography
- The Boys From Riverside Drive (1981)
After 2 lovers quarrel during thier 1st anniversary dinner, a series of silly, but fun vignettes involving getting locked out of the apartment, telegraph boys, ex-lovers, etc, all, of course, involving sex. Includes a nice intro into the film with Jack Wrangler and Malo. Starring Buddy Preston, David Dion, George Brown, Luke, and Lee Marlin.
- Times Square Strip (1982)
Iowa farm boy gets job as stripper in New York's Gaiety Theater in Times Square. Sex scenes and dance numbers! Peter Lopez, Luke, Jack Moore, Buddy Preston, Jerry Overton, Tony West, and Richard Lang (MC); Jason Jacobi, David Dion, Nick Fordham, George Sardi, Plato Pastel, Dale Caesar, Robert Glory. Camerman: Kees Chapman; Music from: Prime Cuts The Double Dance Album; Written by: Moose 100 &
- Private Collection (1983) (actually, not all was directed by Deveau)
Six short subjects. Deveau directed The Blue Boy, a jack-off session by Steve "12-inch" York; Double Scorpio Scorpio makes love to his double on a stage; and Penetration where Yogi Rama achieves erection by meditation, then inserts a metal instrument into his penis, and jacks off to orgasm! (the other shorts were directed by Peter de Rome and Tom DeSimone).
- In Heat (1984/5) Film consists of 5 segments, Deveau directed the first 2 , the other 3 directed by Bob Alvarez and Peter de Rome; all of which were shot in New York City, and the action takes place all within 24 hours. Before Time, which runs during the opening credits, is with a naked and muscular Doug DeMarco and his boa constrictor. 8 A.M. finds Greg Gaines coming out of the shower to find a package with a set of binoculars as a birthday present; going to the window, he spots another man, Bob Gaines, also with a pair of binoculars, flashing his phone number; when he calls, Greg is instructed to call Frank Gaines, and the three proceed to have a 3-way, voyeuristic jack-off session!
last updated 02/01/03