Synopsis: The Kane sisters, Sugar and Candy, are the toast of the Big Apple and the stars of Broadway. How did it happen? Well, it all started in the little town of Coyote Fang, Wyoming . . .
The main distinction between this film and most other hardcore product is that the Amero brothers were forced by necessity to turn to hardcore porn when the venues for softcore vanished. They started with roughies Body Of A Female (1965), The Lusting Hours (1967), and Diary Of A Swinger (1967). They had a significant association with the Findlays, with both Michael and Roberta appearing in The Lusting Hours, while John Ameros appeared in both A Thousand Pleasures and The Curse Of Her Flesh.
Their next venture was the softcore Bacchanale starring Uta Erickson – but they were forced to add hardcore scenes to make it a viable commodity. Next came their first ‘real’ hardcore film, Every Inch A Lady. These successes allowed the brothers to make an underground tribute to Hollywood musicals: White Tie And Tails. The production took several years to complete, and was finally released as Blonde Ambition.
Certainly one complication was star Suzy Mandel whose iron clad contract specified no sexual acts including simulated oral. Since the film was produced as three different versions: hardcore, softcore, and R, this entailed elaborate inserts created long after the primary shooting was complete. Suzy was a staple of UK sex comedies, but probably best known as a Benny Hill girl (prior to the Hill’s Angels). Here she plays a ditzy blonde; Sugar Kane was Marilyn Monroe’s character in Some Like It Hot. She speaks in a squeaky voice throughout, sort of a cross between Jayne Mansfield and Betty Boop.
The real star performance, however, is by Dory Devon who was a trained actress and dancer. Her clunky tap dancing in the style of Ruby Keeler (42nd Street) is just that – a form that embraces the tap sound rather than the more graceful styles usually associated with film musicals. In other words, vaudeville.
Dory Devon had no requirement for a sex double, and though she doesn’t set the screen afire with her adult performance, neither does anyone else, really. The Gone With The Wind orgy remake features syncopated sex scenes that required all the money shots to be synchronized like a Busby Berkely musical (42nd Street, etc.). Blonde Ambition is a movie with hardcore scenes rather than a hardcore film.
Back to the Findlay connection, Roberta is the director of cinematography, and though she was a master of the B&W noirish style there was contention between her dark method and the glossy MGM musicals look which the brothers desired. Other cast include Eric Edwards (at the peak of his acting ability), Richard Bolla is very funny as his chauffeur, and Wade Nichols is here just before he joined daily soap The Edge Of Night.
Really the only hint that both Amero brothers were openly gay present here is the final act which occurs in a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Candy and Sugar impersonate drag queens, but the main attraction here is the performance of Kurt Mann. Here he channels Bette Midler, but he also did a killer Phyllis Diller.
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