70s-themed evening goes off without a 'Hutch'

Thursday night’s “Starsky & Hutch” preem was no place for claustrophobes. Some 20 minutes after the retro laffer was supposed to start, the lobby of Westwood’s Village was so gridlocked a security honcho plowed through the crowd shouting at attendees to take their seats. “The fire marshal is about to shut us down,” he admonished menacingly.

The disco after-party at the Factory nightclub in West Hollywood was also packed with a heavyweight comedy crowd grooving to the 1970s tunes popular when the skein pic is based upon first aired.

Smirking below one of the bash’s many go-go girls — Gloria Steinem surely would have disapproved — helmer Todd Phillips admitted he wanted to be Starsky when he was growing up. “I’m Jewish, so I couldn’t be Hutch,” he said.

He said he watched the skein’s 88 episodes over and over to capture its flourishes, frequently comparing notes with pic’s Starsky, Ben Stiller.

At the bash, Stiller and co-star Owen Wilson mingled with small-screen counterparts Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, while pic’s Carmen Electra and husband Dave Navarro got into the spirit with their rocker pals. Snoop Dogg and his posse arrived when the bash was in full swing, with the sweet aroma of the magic herb trailing in their wake.

Revelers — who also included Michael De Luca, Brett Ratner and Michael Bay, pic’s Amy Smart, “Road Trip” thesp Seann Willilam Scott and ’70s comedy icon Chevy Chase — left the soiree with goodie bags packed with Breck shampoo and Charlie perfume.

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