Jack Deveau – The Boys from Riverside Drive (1977)
“This early offering from master director Jack Deveau is decidedly tamer than most of his later work, and at just over an hour it’s also a shorter than his epics from the later part of the decade. There is an anonymous flavor to some of the sex, and a little kinky bondage enters the picture courtesy of some very loose rope midway through, but this is mostly a straightforward, romance-inflected film.
Porn legends Jack Wrangler and Malo start things off in a dreamy sequence worthy of Antonioni, but the real spice here may just be the intro. Deveau introduces the picture as an “anthropological” study of early ’70s New York City, replete with diagrams of Central Park’s cruisy hotspots and ruminations on primal instinct. The conceit is soon lost among the sexploits, but it still adds a classic, campy flavor to the feature, which is outstanding example of early queer porn.
Things get off to an atmospheric start with a classic red-lit scene between legendary superstars Jack Wrangler and Malo as “the ideal couple.” The men strut their considerable stuff on a blacked out stage bathed in a rosy glow, with big hard-ons and lots of kissing and cock sucking. The titles don’t roll, in fact, until these guys suck and slurp on each other for a full twelve minutes. When the movie does settle down to reality, however, there’s a shift from the surreal to the mundane replete with Father Knows Best type music introducing us to a young fellow who arrives at his apartment building with flowers to celebrate his first anniversary with boyfriend Buddy Preston.
After being entertained in the elevator by doorman George Brown, who provides an amusing tirade concerning the virtue of jugs, our hero presents his blossoms to Buddy only to have the party devolve quickly into a lover’s quarrel. Undaunted, Buddy’s boyfriend is soon back in the elevator swallowing Brown’s sizeable cock. Distraught, Buddy telephones his ex for support, only to discover that he’s “all tied up” – literally so! He’s on the bed sucking the cock of a pony-tailed dude who has him in bondage! After some doggy humping on the bed, the ex gets a classic slo-mo jizz shot to his back while he milks one off onto the mattress.
After drowning his sorrows in more bubbly, Buddy wanders the hallways of his building till he comes upon Latino Marcell who is jacking off watching some super-eight porn. Buddy sucks down Marcel’s meat, and then gets a fuck on his back while the straight porn drones in the background. Meanwhile, back in the elevator, the “straight” doorman has a heart to heart with Buddy’s lover, who soon excuses himself and meets Buddy back at the door to their apartment. In a fuzzy twist, Buddy’s ex has since arrived at the pad and is in their bedroom engaging in suck and fuck with a trick!
Mellowed and aroused by the sight of the man-passion in their boudoir, our couple falls to the couch where they 69, with the action inter-cut with that of the guys in the adjoining room as both sets go for doggy style, culminating in spew shots from all parties.”