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This article is from the Sex Movies FAQ, by director@gti.net (The Director) with numerous contributions by others.

23.8 Now, didn't Stallone make a porno? A friend of a friend saw it...

All sources confirm that Stallone appeared in a film called "Party
at Kitty & Stud's." The sources disagree over whether the film was
actually hardcore or not. Of course, Stallone isn't talking. Here
are three points of view... you'll have to decide for yourself.
This one is just too "gray."

Marvin1024@aol.com offered this nugget to the FAQ...

I would argue with [anyone] who claims that Stallone's "A Party at
Kitty and Stud's" was originally a hardcore film.

First of all, it is very typical of the kind of film that was being
made for theatrical release in those days before the hardcore
explosion--lots of humping and huffing and puffing, but no
erections and no insertions. Hundreds of such films were made at
that time. Also, getting back to my comments above, it is beyond
all rational belief that someone possessing a genuine hardcore film
of a major star like Stallone would snip out the hardcore stuff and
release the rest!

And here's a little more on the subject from Gordon (ggs@netcom.com),
just to make it a little grayer still....

The 'Italian Stallion' version of this film, as I saw it shown in
an X-rated theater in the late 1970's, had a prologue by Gail
Palmer. It was a simple narration, filmed with Palmer sitting in a
seat in an empty movie theater. This prologue was also used
separately as a 'Coming Attractions' trailer.

Palmer did seem to imply that there were a lot of things edited
out. I remember, though, that when I saw the movie, I wondered if
that were really true. It seemed more likely to me that it was a
sort of venal attempt to take advantage of the success of 'Rocky'
(released in 1976; 'Rocky II' in 1979) by taking an old softcore
film that happened to have Stallone in it, and speciously trumping
it up as a hardcore flick with the (perhaps non-existent anyway)
explicit sex "edited out".

I recently rented a video of 'The Italian Stallion', and this
narration was not present.

However, I did notice a promotional advertisement at the beginning
of two "Gail Palmer" videos that I recently rented, 'California
Gigolo' and 'The Best of Gail Palmer' (I say "Gail Palmer" with
quotation marks because Peter v. A. states that Palmer may not have
actually directed these films). The ad is an animation sequence
consisting of the box covers of Palmer films assembling themselves
into rows on the screen. One of the boxes is 'The Italian
Stallion', and it has the same title art as the Stallone film.

Given that Palmer worked with/for the Mitchell Bros. in San
Francisco during the late 70's, it seems possible that they're
'Stallion Enterprises'. They may have used that name as a dodge to
give Stallone's lawyers a moving target.

One other interesting note on this film. When I rented 'The Italian
Stallion', the video store clerk mentioned to me that in the
mid-80's he'd gotten a letter from a law firm in New York, offering
to buy his copies of the film, and asking him to name a price. His
guess was that Stallone was trying to remove as many copies of the
film from the market as possible.

And finally, from one of the legends of the alt.folklore.urban
newsgroup, Peter van Linden:

From: linden@positive.Eng.Sun.COM (Peter van der Linden)
Subject: AFU Party at Kitty & Stallone's

[As I mentioned a year ago, in March 1992]

Sylvester Stallone did indeed get his first movie acting role in a
porn movie, called "Party at Kitty and Stud's". This movie came out
in 1970, when Sly was but 24 years old, living in Hell's Kitchen,
New York City, and working a variety of menial jobs (including
cinema usher) while trying to break into the movies. At that time
(and still to a lesser extent) New York City was the hub of US porn
film making. Stallone is the leading man in this X film, and he
later acknowledged in a Playboy interview that he was paid $200 for
his role. Unlike his later films, Stallone seems to have had no
part in directing or producing "Party at Kitty and Stud's".

Stallone made the most of his break, quickly entering mainstream
movies with a role in Woody Allen's "Bananas" the next year. He
appeared in six more films before "Rocky" in 1976, which shot him
right to the top. The canny Sicilian wrote the script for "Rocky",
and sold it for a very low price, on condition that he star in the
movie and receive a share of the profits. "Rocky" went on to win 3
Oscars, including best picture. It made Stallone's movie career.

Whoever owned the rights to "Party at Kitty and Stud's" capitalized
on Stallone's new-found fame by re-releasing it under the title
"The Italian Stallion" (presumably a reference to the protagonist's
nickname in Rocky). The credits show that the rights to this X film
are owned by "Stallion Enterprises", so they took this theme all
the way.

"Party at Kitty and Stud's/The Italian Stallion" started life as a
genuine pornographic X film, though it has been brutally edited
down -- probably at the time it was retitled and re-released. There
is a new prologue where it is implied that they took out the really
fun dirty bits for the re-release. It now completely lacks any
semblance of a plot, and all hard-core exhibitions, so is somewhat
hard to follow. For example, a large mastiff dog appears at one
point, but disappears equally as rapidly, leaving the viewer
confused about what was to happen next. "Party" seems hilariously
dated in some ways too, as it is rife with 60's slang.

At one point Kitty confides to one of her friends that Stud is "so
far out" and "animalistic". At another point Sly enjoins Kitty to
"be careful! You bit me last time." Kitty replies "I'll be velvet-
mouthed on your shank of love!" before dissolving into an
unscripted fit of giggles only partially concealed by burying her
head on Stallone's shank of love. Stallone's best scenes are the
ones where he is naked (which is nearly all of them). The highpoint
of the film is probably where Stallone assists three women one
after the other, although all the overt details are edited out,
leaving just the moaning and groaning.

Sly-connoisseurs will note that he has a 4 inch scar on his left
thigh under his butt. Far from being a stallion, Sly is actually a
man of modest endowment. His muscular frame, lacking its customary
coat of oil, looks remarkably unimpressive. Some people claim to
see undertones of "Rocky" in "Party", but I couldn't detect any
myself, unless they mean the scene where Sly lightly beats Kitty
with his pants belt. Sly lacks his trademark sneer, and talks
normally in "Party".

It is not unknown for a porn movie performer to cross over into
mainstream cinema. I believe Traci Lords has now renounced her porn
film past, and can be seen in minor roles on TV e.g. as a dental
assistant on "Married With Children".

The video is available for rental from The Video Scene, 1401
Foxworthy Ave, San Jose, California (tel 408 265-4002).

You can also find it at Videoscope, El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA.
I can't honestly recommend it, but it has a certain novelty value.
Perhaps it is best appreciated when played in a (heh!) double-
header with "Rocky".

 

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