Herschel Savage …a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, who made it BIG in Porn

When Herschel Savage arrived on the scene in the early 1970s, he brought more than just impossibly good looks, but considerable acting chops, having studied under Uta Hagen, as well as renowned acting teacher Stella Adler. Though reports online vary greatly, Herschel, by his own account, has appeared in more than 1,500 films, over his 40 year career. You may have seen him in the Golden Era Classic “Debbie Does Dallas” (under the name Bill Barry).

Herschel Savage

Larry Revene remembers shooting loops with him in Bob Wolf’s 14th St. studio as early as 1973. We met up with Herschel in L.A., where I had the opportunity to talk with him about working with my father on “Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip” (aka “Odyssex”), “People”, “Skin-Flicks”, “For Richer for Poorer”, “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams”, and “Forbidden Bodies”.

I was most interested in speaking about the Sci-Fi Sex Pic “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”. I worked on this film in 1980. Still too young to work during the actual filming, I painted sets and created some of the props, earning a credit for “prop design”. Hershel plays opposite R. Bolla (another nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, with formidable acting skills), as the two debate “Love vs. Sex”, against the backdrop of a future in decay.

Herschel chose his stage name while joking around with Jamie Gillis, trying to combine a “porn name”, with one that was distinctly Jewish. This draws attention to a trend in actors of the “Golden Age”, as nearly every major male star was a Jew born in New York City. The list includes Harry Reems, Ron Jeremy, Jerry Butler, R.Bolla, Bobby Astyr, and Jamie Gillis himself. Honorable mention goes to Marc Stevens (b. Delaware), and Carter Stevens (b. Newark, NJ).

Herschel Savage in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue” 1980

Herschel Savage in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue” 1980

Today Herschel is still active, preferring to appear on the stage rather than on the screen, has actually portrayed my father, a role that he is quite proud of. He hosts a weekly comedy show on xxxpornstarradio.com every Thursday night, from 6:15-8:15 PM (Pacific Time). You can call in at 1.484.352.2598. Follow Herschel on Twitter at: @pornicon, and friend him on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/herschel52

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Debbie Does Dallas 30th anniversary party

Come celebrate the anniversaries of the two most infamous ladies in the history of adult!
Friday night at LAVO inside the gorgeous Palazzo Hotel and Casino
Doors open 10:00 PM, Red Carpet at 11:00 PM

(LAS VEGAS, NV) –The Classics take Las Vegas by storm when VCX and its C.E.O. David Sutton celebrate “Debbie Does Dallas” 30th and “Devil in Miss Jones” 40th anniversaries! VCX honors two monumental classics with a party celebrating their recent AVN Award nominations with a mega-bash at Vegas’ hot-spot LAVO Nightclub, January 8, 2010, located inside the Palazzo. Doors open at 10 PM, with the red carpet scheduled for 11 PM.
Porn stars (must be over 21) will be admitted free and limited amounts of VIP are available. To RSVP contact: info@monsoonlv.com or phone 888.313.MGLV (6458). You may also contact david@vcx.com or phone (text) 702.696.8284.

David Sutton is looking forward to this Vegas soirée saying, “The 30th anniversary for Debbie Does Dallas and 40th anniversary for The Devil In Miss Jones are two epic anniversaries, I’m tremendously excited to share the celebration with all of Las Vegas. Join me for a night you won’t forget.”
LAVO Nightclub is the latest hot spot from the creators of TAO Asian Bistro, TAO Nightclub & TAO Beach. Located at the Palazzo, LAVO has become Las Vegas’ newest celebrity haunt that has already hosted a long list of star-studded evenings. Located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard, LAVO’s terrace overlooks The Strip, affording one of the best views in all of Las Vegas.

For more on VCX, The Devil In Miss Jones 40th Anniversary Definitive Collector’s Edition and Debbie Does Dallas 30th Anniversary Definitive Collector’s Edition log on to: www.VCX.com

For more information on LAVO Nightclub visit: http://www.palazzolasvegas.com/lavo_nightclub.aspx

For additional information and general press Inquiries contact:

Dusty Marie

PARTY With xPeeps and VCX TONIGHT!


PARTY With xPeeps and VCX TONIGHT!

VCX is honoring the Golden Era Anniversaries of two films that changed adult forever teaming up with xPeeps, the adult social networking site, and its parent company, AEBN, to bring you a very special event tonight, September 17, 2009. It’s VCX’s 30th Anniversary of Debbie Does Dallas and 40th Anniversary of the Devil in Miss Jones. In addition VCX owner David Sutton will be celebrating his birthday along with xPeep’s Porno Dan. In order to accommodate the anticipated turn out, this event will be held at Opera located at 1650 North Schrader Blvd, Hollywood, Ca.
Guest appearance by porn phenom Herschel Savage, plus the lovely ladies of LA Direct Models will be in attendance!
Get on the guest list now! Please RSVP with your first & last name, followed by the number of people in your group to be added to the guest list for this red carpet extravaganza! Email: kingryanevents@aol.com
As with the other xPeeps parties, this will be a red carpet affair. Only pre-approved media will be permitted to cover this event. Stars or media wishing to attend email: dan@pornodan.com or kingryanevents@aol.com


Docurama presents
Debbie Does Dallas: Uncovered (2005)“Maybe now she’s living in Wisconsin, making cheese. I don’t know.”
Eric Edwards (Rob Everett)

Review By: Mark Zimmer

Published: March 15, 2006

Stars: A.J. Cohen, Eric Edwards, Herschel Savage, Robin Byrd, Bob Burge, R. Bolla,
Other Stars: Bill Kelly, Pat Livingstone, Dan Hanks
Director: Francis Hanly

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nudity, sexuality, language, drug use)
Run Time: 00h:47m:17s
Release Date: March 14, 2006
Genre: documentary

C C- C- B+ B+ 0

DVD Review

The 1978 porn film Debbie Does Dallas was important in the mainstreaming of pornography, with a scandalous lawsuit giving it publicity. Probably the most-seen piece of smut after Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, it’s still a popular item today. This documentary, by filmmaker Francis Hanly, takes a brief look at the success of the film, its aftermath and the whereabouts of the stars today.

Although it’s a concept that more than sells itself, the results don’t quite live up to the possibilities. Although the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ lawsuit is touched on briefly, the substance of the suit and its results are passed over in silence. With one exception, none of the female stars are willing to discuss the film at all. A few of the male stars are willing (though none are very proud of their work), but watching them watch a DVD of a porn film that they acted in 25 years earlier is hardly compelling viewing. Altogether too much of the documentary is devoted to undercover FBI agents who were putting on a sting for the producer, Mickey Zaffarano, though it’s only tangentially related to Debbie.

Debbie herself, Bambi Woods, vanished from sight shortly after the film’s production, and various websites have reported her as having died of an overdose in 1986. Porn distributor Bob Burge theorizes that if she were, in fact, dead, she’d be easier to find. After tracking down her parents, Burge decided to respect her desires for privacy. The filmmakers apparently also tried to track her down, but they failed completely. Their attempts might have been interesting, but they’re rather skimmed over too. Several moving segments include the efforts of star R. Bolla to do legitimate acting, only to be betrayed by his agent, apparently upon her discovery that he had once done porn.

Although there’s plenty of nudity, the hardcore content is put well out of focus or cropped to keep things at a softcore level. That reticence is symptomatic of the film’s uneven attitude; although it’s more than happy to capitalize on the notoriety of the underlying smut, it quietly tut-tuts and cautions about the naughty content, the use of drugs (including the later overdose of one of the female stars), connections with the underworld, victimization of actresses, and other ills. It’s ultimately a somewhat hypocritical cross of leering enjoyment and prudish conservatism that doesn’t really fulfill the promise of the concept.

Rating for Style: C
Rating for Substance: C-

Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 – Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratio yes
Anamorphic no

Image Transfer Review:

The widescreen presentation is, oddly, nonanamorphic. The film appears to have been shot on video, with the resultant lack of detail magnified by the lack of anamorphic enhancement. Color is reasonably good, though the palette is generally subdued. The Debbie clips are from a videotape sourced from an appropriately grungy print.

Image Transfer Grade: C-

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0 English no

Audio Transfer Review:

The 2.0 audio is quite clean, without any significant issues. The ’70s porn music in the background comes from the surrounds on a ProLogic setup, making for an immersive 42nd Street experience.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English (closed captioning only)
4 Other Trailer(s) featuring
Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Packaging: generic plastic keepcase
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:

  1. Bonus Documentary

Extras Review:

Other than four unrelated and dispensable trailers for other Docurama releases, the sole extra is the documentary Diary of a Porn Virgin (48m:32s, 2005), directed by Simon Egan. This documentary follows three people as they dip their toes into the UK pornography pool. Frankie, a 38-year-old woman, leaves the corporate world to do porn, initially for private use and then for commercial pictures. Sahara, a young Asian woman, leaves the fashion industry for sex films and becomes highly popular due to her ethnicity, while Lee is a petrol station worker who gets into the business almost accidentally. This documentary, unlike the main feature, is rather more unflinching and straightforward, looking dispassionately at the good and the bad of the experiences these three share. It’s intriguing and works quite well, leaving one to wonder what happens next.

Extras Grade: B+

Final Comments

This is a somewhat disappointing look at the making of of a classic ’70s porn flick, and the aftermath of its release. The video source isn’t the best, though the sound is good. The companion piece is far more interesting.

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