Directed and Written by Joseph W. Sarno. Cinematography was by Steve Silverman and Bruce G. Sparks.
The film stars Dan Machuen as Darrell Henning a successful cheesecake photographer. Sue Akers as a literary agent, Maria Lease as model Leslie, Marianne Prevost as Joyce, Peggy Steffans as the photographer's agent (director Joe Sarno's wife at the time), Cherie Winters, and Morris Kaplan as the Elevator Operator
|Darrell Henning (Dan Machuen)|
|Leslie (Maria Lease)|
|Joyce (Marianne Prevost)|
|Darrell's Agent Paulene (Peggy Steffans-Sarno)|
They basically all depict the modeling business as a sordid profession populated by all types of degenerates and some of the films produced on the subject have these photographers and publishers out to not only make a buck on nudie magazines and nude pictures in adult bookstores, but also etout on the street corners pushing pornography on innocent teenagers. As if teens back in the day had no libidos until their magic twanger gets plucked by nude and lewd images. Some of it is pretty laughable but it's also eye-opening as it actually gives you a sense of what the official attitude was coming out of the Eisenhower fifties.
Scum Of The Earth is closer to the above end of the spectrum while All The Sins Of Sodom is already reflecting the changing mores of the accelerating Sexual Revolution in that now the photographer is considered a serious artist, the models just girls with marketable assets, and the pictures he takes are gallery and coffee table book worthy. The Sexploitation part of the equation, of course comes with the obligatory lengthy photoshoots and the photographer's after hours dalliances with his various models. Joe Sarno also may have been influenced by Antonioni's Blow-up in the basic story set-up.
Darrell Henning is a successful figure/cheesecake photographer. His current obsession is a high end coffee table book project depicting the women of biblical Sodom. For this he has to capture the essence of lust.
|Sue Akers and some accidental flashed "bush" in 1968|
Darrell is the screwed up son of a fire and brimstone preacher who'd basically whack his peepee whenever he got a tent in his pants over girls. Of course Darrell rebelled and escaped to Baghdad on the Hudson and got into cheesecake photography and there lives out his jack off fantasies. Darrell apparently, like Bob Cummings in his Love That Bob TV Series (1955–1959), has relationships with all of his models. He shoots them, screws them, and then discards them when the job is done.
All this changes with Leslie.
|Darrell and Leslie looking at the proofs|
Darrell gets smitten and fixated enough with Leslie to shoot a few more rolls of film.
When Darrell is questioned by his agent Pauline as to why he is using Leslie again Darrell explains that she displays the charms and qualities of of "Eve, Salome, and the priestesses of Sodom."
To spark the book project rolling again Pauline sends him a fresh off the street waif name of Joyce (Marianne Prevost). She is broke but retains enough pride to reject Darrell's offer of a handout telling him she'll work for him.
|Arrival of Joyce|
|You can crash here in the storage room|
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One thing leads to another and Darrell eventually has sex with Joyce also. Joyce in effect becomes Darrell's muse.
Another shoot with Leslie goes nowhere until a light-bulb goes off in Darrell's noggin and he instructs Joyce to join in and touch Leslie sexually while he's shooting her. This new lesbian experience is both uncomfortable and unexpectedly exciting for Leslie and it shows in her expressions.
This juxtaposition of emotions in Leslie is just the look that Darrell and Paulene are looking for.
Meanwhile, bisexual Joyce is also dallying around with some of Darrell's other models.
Remember this is 1968. Censorship laws at that point in time demanded no male nudity below the waist, women could be naked but showing any bush aka "full frontal" was verboten. Of course all the male-female sex scenes invariably look pretty stupid because of this with the man always wearing trousers or shorts and the women naked.
The unintended consequence of this was the depiction of a lot of lesbian storylines in Sexploitation films, at least these sex scenes between Joyce and the other models looked believable.
Things go steadily Noirsville as Leslie gets pushed to her limits by the twisted sexual chemistry between her, Darrell and Joyce, while Joyce goes about playing her psychological games, manipulating everyone, and destroying the project.
|Vintage 7th Ave & W48th St., Times Square, with Playland and Majestic Ballroom a Taxi Dancer joint in the old Latin Quarter Building. Nothing remains of it today.|
|South Shore Long Island|
|Elevator entrance to Darrell's Studio|
|Joyce getting herself off|
|Darrell's Corvette and Edison Hotel|
|Cherie Winters a former model now a stewie|
|menage a trois|
|Cherie Winters peek-a-boo-bush|
|Darrell in the Duffy Square end of Times Square approaching the George M. Cohan bronze statue on the right.|
|Looks like Gilgo State Park|