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Director:
Writers:
Roger Ebert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The closer they get to the top - the nearer they get to the bottom See more »
Plot:
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Schlock at its best. See more (142 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolly Read ... Kelly Mac Namara

Cynthia Myers ... Casey Anderson

Marcia McBroom ... Petronella Danforth

John Lazar ... Ronnie (Z-Man) Barzell (as John LaZar)

Michael Blodgett ... Lance Rocke
David Gurian ... Harris Allsworth

Edy Williams ... Ashley St. Ives
Erica Gavin ... Roxanne

Phyllis Davis ... Susan Lake

Harrison Page ... Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod ... Porter Hall

James Iglehart ... Randy Black (as Jim Iglehart)

Charles Napier ... Baxter Wolfe
Henry Rowland ... Otto

Princess Livingston ... Matron
Stan Ross ... Disciple

Lavelle Roby ... Vanessa
Angel Ray ... Girl-in-Tub
Veronica Ericson ... Blonde Date (as Veronica Erickson)

Haji ... Cat Woman
Karen Smith ... Red Head
Sebastian Brook ... Art Director

Bruce McBroom ... Photographer (as Bruce V. McBroom)
Ian Sander ... Boy-in-Tub
Koko Tani ... Assistant
Samantha Scott ... Cynthia
Tea Crawford ... Kathy Page
Heath Jobes ... Makeup Man
John Logan ... Escort
Susan Reed ... Fashion Model
Robin Bach ... Gay Boy
Ceil Cabot ... Mother
Mary Carroll ... Middle Aged Woman
Joseph Cellini ... Man - Flowered Pants
Jackie Cole ... First Woman

Frank Corsentino ... Hippie Boy
Mibb Curry ... White Haired Gentleman
Coleman Francis ... Rotund Drunk

Pam Grier ... Fourth Woman (as Pamela Grier)
T.J. Halligan ... Science Teacher
Rick Holmes ... Man with Glasses

Marshall Kent ... Dr. Downs
Michael Kriss ... Young Actor
Tim Laurie ... Second Gay Man

Bebe Louie ... Hippie Girl
Lillian Barb ... Nurse (as Lillian Martin)
Ashley Phillips ... Fashion Model
'Big Jack' Provan ... Father
Joyce Rees ... Marion Harrisburg
Christopher Riordan ... Gay Boy (as Chris Riordian)
Bert Santos ... Taxi Driver
George Stratton ... Third Gay Man
The Strawberry Alarm Clock ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Russ Meyer ... TV Cameraman (uncredited)

Garth Pillsbury ... Man with Newspaper (uncredited)
Gordon Wescourt ... Gordon - TV Interviewer (uncredited)

Dan White ... Dr. Scholl (uncredited)

Directed by
Russ Meyer 
 
Writing credits
Roger Ebert (screenplay)

Roger Ebert (story) and
Russ Meyer (story)

Produced by
Red Hershon .... associate producer
Eve Meyer .... associate producer
Russ Meyer .... producer
Charles Napier .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Stu Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dann Cahn 
Dick Wormell 
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
David Hayes 
 
Makeup Department
William Buell .... makeup artist (as Bill Buell)
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Willard Buell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
John Chambers .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... unit production manager (as Norman Cook)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.E. Dismukes .... assistant director
David S. Hall .... assistant director (as David Hall)
 
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
 
Sound Department
Don Minkler .... sound
Richard Overton .... sound
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Harmon .... special photographic effects
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Harmon .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lynn Carey .... vocal coordinator
Igo Kantor .... music supervisor
William Loose .... composer: additional music
Robert Simard .... music editor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Manny Diez .... assistant to producer
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • A&M Records  courtesy of ('The Sandpipers' appear)
  • De Graff  fashions by (as De Graff of California)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Más allá del valle de las muñecas" - Argentina (imdb display title), Chile (imdb display title), Colombia (imdb display title), Spain (imdb display title), Uruguay (original subtitled version), Venezuela
"Orgissimo" - Canada (French title), France
"Πέρα απ'τη κοιλάδα με τις κούκλες" - Greece
"Изнанка долины кукол" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Çiplaklar Vadisi" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Blumen ohne Duft" - West Germany
"De Volta ao Vale das Bonecas" - Brazil
"De vallei der verdorven zeden" - Belgium (Flemish title)
"El valle de los placeres" - Spain (alternative title)
"Hollywood Vixens" - France (reissue title)
"I dødens dal" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"La vallée des débauchés" - Belgium (French title)
"La vallée des plaisirs" - France (DVD title)
"Lungo la valle delle bambole" - Italy
"Más allá del valle" - Colombia (alternative title)
"Nukkelaakson amatsonit" - Finland (TV title)
"Nukkelaakson tuolla puolen" - Finland (TV title)
"Pera ap' tin koilada me tis koukles" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Poza dolina lalek" - Poland (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
109 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Deluxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (re-rating) (1989) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1970-1989) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (2004) | France:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (1996) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) (1970-1996) | Singapore:R21 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:X (cut) | UK:18 (2003) (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:NC-17 (certificate #30822) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Roger Ebert's audio commentary, Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell's pad was a set originally to be used in Myra Breckinridge (1970).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the first party scene, Emerson drops a tray carrying multiple bottles of scotch. In next shot, floor is covered with broken glass but no spilled liquid.See more »
Quotes:
Ashley St. Ives:Step into my web said the spider, etcetera.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Comin' HomeSee more »

FAQ

What did Mike Royko say went wrong with this film?
What's going on with Z-Man and his big reveal at the end?
What does this have to do with the original "Valley of the Dolls"?
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Schlock at its best., 9 May 2005
Author: ThrownMuse from The land of the Bunyips

"Harris, make love to me!" "Where? Here?" "NO! IN L.A.!"

A 60s all-girl rock band decides to get in the van and head to Los Angeles to try to make it big. And they find it is super easy, and they make connections fast, but fame and fortune comes at an expense.

Although it claims to be unrelated, this is basically "Valley of the Dolls" made fun and trashy. Yes, this is the movie that is infamous for being written by Roger Ebert. Yes, this is a bad movie with appalling editing. Yes, this is tasteless schlock. But, it is tasteless schlock at its best. Even though the lead cast is comprised of (very lovely) Playboy pin-ups and models that look stoned half the time, they do a great job at portraying immediately corrupted innocents. I actually really enjoy the 60s soul garage music (even though none of the actresses actually played or sang, whoever played and sang for The Carrie Nations sounded damn good--the soundtrack has recently been released to CD, which I plan on picking up and playing at my next trashy dance party). I can watch this movie over and over again, and the unforgettable drug-soaked finale never ceases to shock me. But I really could do without the moralizing voice-over at the end. It makes me question whether or not the filmmakers were really serious about the psychotranny, abortion-pushing lesbian, and other disturbing colorful characters. My Rating: 8/10.

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