Behind The Green Door: The Film That Launched Marilyn Chambers

April 14th, 2009 - 4:08 pm ICT by GD  

Marilyn Chambers of Ivory Snow Box With the death of porn star Marilyn Chambers, her film Behind the Green Doors has got a fresh new surge of attention. The 1972 movie was the first hardcore pornographic movie to be released widely in the US and starred Marilyn Chambers as Gloria Saunders. The movie, directed by the Mitchell brothers shows her abduction to a sex theatre where she has to perform various sexual acts with a number of partners before a mask-wearing audience that gets into an orgy ultimately. She is kidnapped by the director duo who also act in the film. One of the most famous scenes from the movie is when an ejaculation on Chambers’ face is shown with the semen flying for seven minutes through the air.

Marilyn was a model for Procter & Gamble and Ivory Snow detergent before she acted in the movie. After the film was released, Procter & Gamble recalled all its products and publicity materials that featured Chambers. This added to the hype sorrounding the movie and its actress, although inadvertently. Along with Deep Throat that released in the later part of 1972, the movie brought in the Golden Age of Porn. The film was conceived with a budget of $60,000 but grossed a total $25 million, including its original video release.

A sequel to the film used condoms, birth control, and other protection but was a commercial flop even as the first part went into the XRCO Hall of Fame. Chambers was replaced in the sequel with Missy, who was Artie Mitchell’s girlfriend.

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