BOOTLEG FILES 457: “Dogarama” (1971 porno film starring Linda Lovelace).
LAST SEEN: The film can be found on several adult video websites.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: Not that I am aware of.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: A notorious film that cannot easily be shared.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Oh, I hope not.
In 1972, the X-rated feature “Deep Throat” became the surprise sensation of the year. A great deal of the media fascination with this unlikely production centered on its charming leading lady, the hitherto unknown Linda Lovelace. Indeed, Lovelace’s fame became so pronounced that she was welcomed as a guest on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and at the Academy Awards ceremony.
But as Lovelace’s celebrity grew, strange whispers began percolating about another movie starring the clothing-free lady. Unlike the loopy soft-core comedy of “Deep Throat,” the other film ventured into the unpleasant taboo territory of b********y. Lovelace initially claimed to be unaware of any such film, but she was eventually acknowledged its existence after prints began to surface.
The film in question was shot in 1971 and has been released under a variety of titles, including one that is inappropriate for publication in a family-friendly surrounding, but it is perhaps best known as “Dogarama.” This production is something of a legend in pornography history – and while many people have heard about the film, relatively few have actually seen it.
“Dogarama” was one of a seemingly endless number of “loops” produced in the early 1970s. Loops were short 8mm porno flicks that were made quickly and cheaply for distribution in the growing number of X-rated theaters and peep show venues that proliferated in American cities; some loops were also sold through mail order catalogues, in violation of the U.S. postal laws of the era. The loops had little in the way of artistic value, and there was a certain sense of seen-one/seen-them-all to their offerings.
With “Dogarama,” however, things were a little different. Rather than concentrate on male-female sex, this loop introduced a canine participant into the carnal romp. It is unclear who came up with this idea, but even in the raucous early 1970s this concept was more than a little extreme.