|Jul 15 2010
Doubling up on the tabloids, we have an issue of the low-rent Candid Press, published yesterday in 1968. The centerpiece story about “Marlene” tells how she got pregnant after a year of having sex with her brother. Incest was a popular subject in the tabs around this time, but we’ve learned that there’s an inverse relationship between the number of exclamation marks in a story and its level of truthfulness. This sentence alone tells us Marlene is pure fiction: “Incest has reached a point where a pregnant girl does not know who fathered her baby—her boyfriend or her dad!” That's journalism, people.
|Dec 4 2009
Above you see an ultra low-rent Candid Press cover from today in 1966, with the inside scoop on an interracial love affair that got the Mississippi Klan riled up and ended in a castration. Sadly, these were not uncommon events during America's apartheid era, but Candid Press had no intention of doing any real reporting on it. Instead they were about pure sexual tease, with this and other stories re-enacted photographically by models who always seemed to lose their tops. All very interesting, but of special interest to pulp fans is a feature on Vera Novak, a well-known Harrison Marks model who had shot some nudie reels and acted in a film called It’s a Bare, Bare World.
These nudie reels are way before our time, but we know they are remembered fondly. Technically they're porn, but in reality they're way too innocent to be classified that way. There's no sex at all, and the nudity is chaste by any standards. Novak had established a name as a nudie model, but the article above describes how she was about to make the leap into A-features with a part in 1967’s big budget Bond spoof Casino Royale. But guess what? She never made it into the film. Possibly she shot scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, but she’s definitely not credited as a cast member. So, like many of the actresses we write about, she passed from film history into undocumented private life where, we can only hope, she was happy.