Antique Erotica - Fri. Jan. 8th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Antique Erotica with the best of the oldest smut, burlesque and erotica of the collection.  From the 1910s-1950s, this program of 16mm sinful celluloid includes insane pornographic cartoons, marionette strippers, early stag films, bizarre burlesque, nudie cuties and more! In the early stag film, Getting his Goat (1923), a man is in for a surprise when he propositions sex through a hole in a gate.  Eveready Hardon heads to the beach in the outrageous pornographic cartoon Buried Treasure (1928).  Nudism: A Way of Life (c. 1950) sheds light on the rise of nudist culture in Mid-Century America. A drunk old farmer tries to tune in to naked ladies on his new TV set in the bizarre and notorious nudie cutie Uncle Si and the Sirens (1938)Hop on board for what some say is America's first hardcore porn, the notorious silent stag film A Free Ride AKA Grass Sandwich (1915). Mrs. John Barrymore does the least enticing striptease you've ever seen in the entirely unsexy How to Undress for your Husband (1937). Plus more bizarre burlesque, The Fabulous Cat Girl struts her stuff, the marionette striptease The Doll Dance with Rene and Arlene, Busman's Holiday, a film for serious artists only, and the double vision of Stereoscopic Smut! 


Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117



On the Beach aka Getting His Goat (B+W, 1923)
“Idylwild Beach where the men are idle and the women are wild”
From 1923 here’s one of the earliest stag films ever made starring Creighton Hale (from D.W. Griffith’s “Way Down East”). A man peeps through a knot hole on a group of girls and gets more than he bargained for.   

Buried Treasure (B+W, 1928)

The Granddaddy of pornographic cartoons, persistent rumors suggest that Max Fleischer (Betty Boop and others), Paul Terry (of TerryToons) and Budd Fisher (Mutt & Jeff) were responsible for this bawdy masterpiece.  The legendary porno cartoon with a boogie woogie piano soundtrack depicting the unlikely adventures of the perpetually aroused title character (Eveready Hardon) with, among others, a man, a woman, and a cow. You’ll laugh and the guys may even scream! 

Disn*y animator Ward Kimball gave the following account of the history of the short:
"The first porno-cartoon was made in New York. It was called "Eveready Harton" and was made in the late 20's, silent, of course-by three studios. Each one did a section of it without telling the other studios what they were doing. Studio A finished the first part and gave the last drawing to Studio B Involved were Max Fleisher, Paul Terry and 
the Mutt and Jeff studio. They didn't see the finished product till the night of the big show. A couple of guys who were there tell me the laughter almost blew the top off the hotel where they were screening it."


Nudism: A Way of Life? (B+W, c.1950)
An unbiased and unabashed exploration of the nudism movement which first gained popularity in Germany in the early 20th Century.  While the narrator claims to be objective, the lingering shots of partially disrobed women seem to indicate otherwise.  With a visit to a nudist colony and a housewife in nothing but an apron, you'll learn more about the (female) body than you thought you needed to...
Doll Dance (B+W, 1940s)
A 1940s Burlesque tit for tat dance number with Arlene and Rene. Both ladies are lovely, only Arlene has someone pulling her strings.

How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (B+W, 1937)
An exercise in exhibitionism and the least titillating striptease ever starring Elaine Barrie AKA Mrs. John Barrymore (!) wife of the famed Hollywood legend. It's a wonder she was his last wife!


Free Ride AKA Grass Sandwich (B+W, 1915)
This infamous stag short is touted as being the earliest example of American hardcore pornography, though its actual date of production is still hotly debated.  A motorist stops to pick up a couple of lovely ladies from the side of the road and they embark on the ride of their lives! Silent with added soundtrack.

Uncle Si and the Sirens (B+W, 1938)
An early illicit film in which the recently invented television promises exotic treats. A truly remarkable anticipation of the Internet, drunken Uncle Si escapes to a private room where he turns into a ravenous animal upon seeing the Sirens!


The Fabulous Cat Girl (B+W, 1950s)
A sexy blonde gets her frisky feline on in this offbeat burlesque number.
Busman's Holiday (B+W, 1940s)
"This motion picture is produced exclusively for study by artists" warns an intertitle, but something tells me this nudie cutie made its way to more than one stag party! The "story" centers around a lovely young lady who is not only a model, but a budding photographer as well. Thank goodness she's a bit of a klutz and ends up revealing a lot more of herself than her talent!

Stereoscopic Smut (B+W, 1940s)

Yes, you are seeing double!  It's double trouble in this unique piece of vintage erotica.  A lovely brunette undresses for the cameras.  Originally made to be viewed in a specialized stereoscopic viewer, this lovely lady won't be in 3D, but she's still got twice the goods!

Burlesque Screen Tests and Dancers (B+W, 1950s)
Watch these “Screen tests” and super-quirky burlesque dancers get way-out and weird. Shorts feature Bunny Spencer modeling the “stockings of tomorrow”, Barbara Nichols doing a Latin Mambo on a rooftop and “Afro-Cuban Genni”, masked and dancing with a bowl of fire on her head. Now that’s burlesque!

Bubble Bath Dance (B+W, 1952)
Lili St. Cyr was the most influential burlesque dancer in the second half of the 20th century. Her hip-swiveling ways swayed pop-culture sirens from Marilyn Monroe (who copied her style) to Madonna (who bought her famous push up bras) for decades to come. St. Cyr shimmied across the country with inventive routines in posh nightclubs amassing legions of famous fans, including Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. Her notoriety and fame brought financial and commercial successes, with roles in movies like Howard Hughes' Son of Sinbad and Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead.  Here, we see a segment of her infamous Bubble Bath Dancefrom the film Love Moods.

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Oddball films is the film component of Oddball Film+Video, a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like Milk, documentaries like The Summer of Love, television programs like Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.
Our films are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.