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Tonight for Sure

Francis Coppola's first feature film effort, the nudie pic Tonight for Sure, was released by Premier Pictures in 1962, thus preceding director's 'official' first film, Dementia 13, by at least a year.

Francis Coppola’s first feature film effort, the nudie pic Tonight for Sure, was released by Premier Pictures in 1962, thus preceding director’s ‘official’ first film, Dementia 13, by at least a year.

There are really only two ways to approach viewing such a piece of juvenalia: to look for precocious signs of talent in the then-22-year-old filmmaker, and to consider its position in the late, unlamented ‘nudie’ genre.

Surprisingly, unlike most of the long-forgotten ‘adults only’ features of the period, Tonight for Sure is chock full of nudity.

Storyline is ridiculous, to be sure. Two definitive dirty old men who fashion themselves as moral crusaders slip into a Hollywood burlesque house to plot the cessation of the lewd, indecent behavior transpiring therein.

In the meantime, they relate how they’ve each arrived at their righteous beliefs. Two yarns are cut in with stripteases being performed at the club. Predictably, it all ends with forces of puritanism raiding the joint.

Tonight for Sure

  • Production: Searchlight. Director Francis Coppola; Producer Francis Coppola; Screenplay Francis Coppola; Camera Jack Hill; Music Carmine Coppola; Art Director Albert Locatelli, Barbara Cooper
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 69 MIN.
  • With: Don Kenney Karl Schanzer Virginia Gordon Marti Renfro Sandy Silver Linda Gibson
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