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Emerald City Tapes (Television Program)

Record:1
Date:1976 - 1979
Size:61 tapes

Provenance

The Emerald City was produced by Truth, Justice, and the American Way (TJA). This collection was kept by Gene Stavis, one of the producers, and donated to the LGBT Community Center National History Archive by him on May 21, 1990.

Scope and Content

Almost half of the tapes are dated with the air date. A few are dated with the editing date. Topics range from art (e.g. David Hockney) to politics (e.g. Virginia Apuso), however most appear to be about entertainment (e.g. Village People, Wayland Flowers, Eartha Kitt).

History or Bio

Three gay men, Frank O’Dowd, Steve Bie, and Gene Stavis, came together during the mid-1970s in New York City to form Truth, Justice, and the American Way, Inc. As a company, they produced a show for community access cable television called The Emerald City which covered a variety of issues in the gay community. The program aired in New York City on Manhattan Cable’s Channel J beginning in March 1977 and was syndicated in San Francisco. Originally an hour long show it switched to a half-hour in the fall of 1977. The Emerald City ran from 1977 to 1978 and had both gay and non-gay commercial sponsors.

VIDEO TAPE LIST

Box 1

1. Tape 1 76/00/00    Summer Final Pilot “A”  59:04

Exterior shots in opening include: Uncle Charlie’s Restaurant, Christopher and Gay streets (signposts), Boot Hill, Company, Ninth Circle, Singles, Julius, Ty’s, Peter Rabbit, Ramrod, Boy Meets Boy (play at Actor’s Playhouse), The Duchess, Bonnie & Clyde, Everard Baths, Danny’s, Christopher Street Bookstore, Barbara’s, and the Limelight.

Mike Burger of the Villager interviews Louis Weingarten and Larry Durham of the Society to Make America Safe for Homosexuals (SMASH) a street patrol organization in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

Kitty Cotter – News Desk, short news stories from around the country
Jimmy Carter’s gay nephew
Ronald Reagan makes anti-gay statement
West Virginia repeals sodomy statute
Vermont penal code reform is dead
Washington DC city council allows gay adoption
Maine custody case
Tucson, Arizona gay murder
Provincetown bans sale of phallic design
Florida attacks during Gay Pride
Michigan company lists Gay Pride Day in calendar of holidays

Commercial for Privé Restaurant on First Avenue

Clip of  “Boy Meets Boy” at Actor’s Playhouse

Interview by Frank O’Dowd of three cast members from Boy Meets Boy including Robert Thomas, Robin Racine, and Robin Thompson, with footage from the musical play.

Editorial by Frank O’Dowd on the purpose of the show and encouraging audience participation and feedback.

Iterview by Don L. Stonewhite of Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner and The Fancy dancer.

2. Tape 2 July 1977 – 51 minutes

Intro scenes of New York including couples, Christopher Street, Central Park, Gay Street sign.

Frank O’Dowd previews the show and announces that the premiere of the film Sebastiane will be a benefit for The Emerald City on August 10.

Commercial for: Firebird Travel Windjammer Cruises, Pleasure Chest

8th Annual New York City Gay Pride Parade, June 26, 1977

Parents of Gays car (4:53)
Jean DeVente (5:44)
Lesbian Feminist Liberation (6:24)
Marsha Johnson w/ GAY LOVE banner (6:47)
Arthur Bell talks with Frank O’Dowd (6:55)
Dyke [Separatists] (8:12)
Stop Anita Bryant sign (8:23)
Gay Teachers Association (9:27)
Father Robert Clement and John Noble (9:33)
Eulenspeigel Society – Mary Ann Collega talks with Pat Bond (10:07)
Rollerena (11:22)
Lesbian Feminist Liberation chanting (11:31)
Dykes & Tykes (11:41)
St. Patrick’s “mini protest” (12:00)
Sandy Gold of Gay Teachers Association interviewed by Collega (12:14)
Dignity for Gay Catholics (14:59)

Rally in Central Park (15:27)
Hosts discuss turnout of women (16:27)
John Paul Hudson (17:10)
Marc Rubin, Gay Teachers Association (17:24)
Patti Smith (18:26)
Lou Reed (21:19)

Christopher Street Festival
O’Dowd interviews:John Ford (Chap’s Bar); Ed Murphy (West side Bar Association); festival goer, police officer.
Performance of Brian Murphy (singer).
O’Dowd interviews two impersonators Barbara Streisland (David Miller) and Judy Garland (Gary Rogers).

Commercial: Chaps Bar, Big Top Theater

Chuck Ortleb interviews lawyer Enid Gerling about entrapment in the 1950s and 60s

Ad: Billy the Kid Bar

SRO (singing Trio) perform at The Grand Finale

3. Tape 3 56:16  March 28, 1977 (First show to air)     Juanita Flemming     Lambda Theater     Jonathan Katz     Boy Meets Boy

Announcement that this is repeat of Monday’ show

Opening shots of New York City

Frank O’Dowd explains idea of The Emerald City and previews show

Clip of Juanita Flemming at the Ali Baba

Sheryl Gross and Harry Hart-Brown summarize the news

George Sardi does a gossip segment

Editorial calling for ads aimed at gay community

Clip of Juanita Flemming at the Ali Baba

Frank O’Dowd interviews Juanita Flemming

David Roggensack interviews Jonathan Katz on the publication of “Gay American History”

Clip of “Seven Fabulous Nights”, a play produced by the Manhattan Lambda Productions

Frank O’Dowd interviews Ermano Stingo (manager of Manhattan Lambda Productions) and Edmund Trust (director of the production)

Clip of “Boy Meets Boy” (play)

Closing credits.

4. Tape 4  48:28   30 May 1977   Key West     Matlavich     Adult Novelties     A Discussion     Marie Blake

City scenes as intro, includes many couples and cruising

Frank O’Dowd comments on Everard Bath tragedy; makes a future reference to June 7 Florida referendum

Inside shot of Chaps Bar – 3rd Avenue between 87 and 88 Streets

Lou Maletta and Luke Valenti of Firebird Travel

Club Miami footage, interior and exterior

Key West, Florida: Pines Hotel, interior and exterior; The Monster, interior and exterior including disco; Home of Hemmingway; tour with curator Frances Reid; interview of Jim Paterson with Frances Reid; Club Key West, interior and exterior; Pidgeon House Patio; Pirates Alley; Billie’s Bar and Restaurant, interior; Fogarty House;  Key Lime Realty (Old Town) with Janet Hill Kates and Frank O’Dowd; water and sail boats

News with Harry Hart-Brown:

NYU Student Senate votes for non-discrimination

New Democratic Coalition choses Bella Abzug for Mayor

Gay retirement village in Los Angeles

Jesus of Nazareth film (NBC) is praised by most

Quote from Elaine Noble

Thanks for blood donors to the Everard Bath victims

Leonard Matlovich interviewed live re: Dade County Florida referendum June 7th

John Vasquez interviews Del Williams of Eve’s Garden and Bill Rifkin of the Pleasure Chest

Ad for Windjammer Cruise from Firebird Travel

Marie Blake sings from the Five Oaks Restaurant and is interviewed by Frank O’Dowd

5. Tape 5   27:12   November 28, 1977   Barbara Cook     Greater Gotham Business Council Fair

Opening shots of New York City

Frank O’Dowd previews the show and makes community announcements

Commercial for Grand Central Resort (Atlantic City), Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, “Photographs of the Classic Male Nude” by Von Gloeden, Billy the Kid Bar

Coverage of Greater Gotham Business Council’s annual Christmas Fair with interviews by O’Dowd of H. Gerald Shift (GGBC president), Maryann Collega and Don Clay.

Commercial for Happy Tunes Records, Ice Palace 57

Frank O’Dowd at Reno Sweeney’s Paradise Room with interview and clip of November 15 Barbara Cook performance

Commercial for Metrolines, Inc., G & A books, Gayellow Pages, Twilight Bar

Interview and clips continued

Closing credits

6. Tape 6   28:15  78/07/00    Parade     Christopher Street Liberation Day
51 minutes

Ninth annual Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade and Rally in Central Park (June 25, 1978)

Intro: Marchers chant “Gay Rights Now” plus footage and voiceover

Commercials for men’s fashion guide “Looking Good”; erotic bookstore G & A Books (2:18)

Reading by Special Assistant to the Mayor John LoCicero of Mayor Koch’s Gay Pride Week Proclamation, June 19 (3:23)

Parade footage

Frank O’Dowd interviews John Paul Hudson (5:50), other marchers including Vito Russo and Arnie Kantrowitz (6:50)

Rally in Central Park, hosted by Vito Russo
Baby Jane Dexter performs, plus crowd shots (8:27)
Gotham comedy group performs (11:40)
Mama Jean DeVente interviewed by Maryann Collega (12:15)
Bob Roth (Gaysweek Publisher) interviewed by Frank O’Dowd (13:15)
Grace Jones performs (14:12)

Commercials for Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Metrolines, Inc., and the club Ice Palace 57 (20:41)

Christopher Street Festival (21:46)
Interviewees discuss atmosphere, one complaining it’s more of a party than last year (24:31)
O’Dowd interviews Brandi Alexander (26:13)

7. Tape 7  28:39  July 4, 1978  Summer     Atlantic City

Shots of Atlantic City

Opening shots of New York City

Commercial for Victory Garden, Looking Good

Atlantic City footage

Frank O’Dowd at Grand Central Resort talks with John J. Schultz, Linda Schultz and Dave Smith about new gambling laws in Atlantic City

Clip of Ava Williams at After Dark Piano Lounge

Commercial for G & A Books, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Metrolines, Inc., Ice Palace 57

Interview continued

Atlantic City Boardwalk shots

Interview continued

Footage of Studio 5 disco

Interview continued

Closing credits

8. Tape 8   27:46  March 13, 1978  Geraldine Fitzgerald     Tom Robinson

Opening

Frank O’Dowd previews show

Commercial: Mandate magazine, Man’s Country, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Happy Tunes Records

Concert clip of Tom Robinson Band singing “Two, Four, Six, Eight”

Zecca interviews Tom Robinson

Concert clip of Tom Robinson Band singing “Glad to be Gay”

Zecca interviews Tom Robinson, continued

Commercial: Twilight Bar, Gayellow Pages, Metrolines, Inc., G & A Books

Clip of Geraldine Fitzgerald at Reno Sweeney’s Paradise Room

Closing credits.

9. Tape 9 78/04/17    Village People     The Harlettes     1st Syndication

Episode preview:  Formerly of the Harlettes at Reno Sweeney; Village People’s “Macho Man” music video

Opening Montage: shots of Castro, Christopher Street, Christopher St. Pier, Club Miami Disco, Fire Island Ferry, glimpses (from past interviews) of Lynne Carter, Cal Culver, Formerly the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Polk Street, Wayland Flowers & Madame with segment host Frank O’Dowd, Arthur Bell, Quentin Crisp, Eartha Kitt, Gotham, Barbara Cook, Arthur Bressan Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald; quick clip of Village People music video of “Macho Man”; clips from “Boys in the Sand”

Segment host Frank O’Dowd promotes Formerly of the Harlettes and Village People music video

Commercial for Grand Central Resort, Atlantic City;  Man’s Country Baths, 28 West 15th Street; Metrolines, Inc. 24 hour answering service

Dory Hanaway interviews members of Formerly of the Harlettes (Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig, Charlotte Crossley) in Reno Sweeney front room. The group discusses musical influences such as Brian Williams, Barry Manilow, and others.

Formerly of the Harlettes perform “Baby Love,” and “Optimistic Voices”.

Interview continued. The group discusses previously performing solo compared to singing together again as a group.

Formerly of the Harlettes performance, continued.

Interview continued: the group discusses most exciting experiences from the past, and experiences writing.

Performance continued: “Ain’t No Man Worth It”, and other songs.

Interview continued: Formerly of the Harlettes and Dory Hanaway close interview.

Commercial for Jan Wallman’s Restaurant and Cabaret on Cornelia Street; 250 Book center and G&A Books on West 42nd Street

Music Video, Village People’s “Macho Man”

Ad for Profile Gym and Sauna at 47th Street and 2nd Avenue

Closing Credits

10. Tape 10 78/04/21    Wayland Flowers     Special
[Audio only]
Promo for Wayland Flowers

Opening sequence.

Frank O’Dowd’s introduces performer Wayland Flowers.

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco.

Commercial, Profile fitness center.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Performance by Wayland Flowers.

Commercial, Man’s Country gym/bath house.

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc., telephone answering service.

Commercial, “Word is Out” film.

Continue performance by Wayland Flowers.

Wayland Flowers interviewed by Dorian Hannaway.

Continue performance by Wayland Flowers.

Commercial, Grand Central Resort, Atlantic City.

Commercial, Profile fitness center.

Closing credits.

11. Tape 11 – May 8, 1978 – 27:58

Episode preview.

Opening, shots of New York City

Frank O’Dowd previews show

Commercial: Grand Central Resort (Atlantic City), “Word is Out” (film), G & A Books, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant

Clip of “The Neon Women” with Divine at Hurrah

Frank O’Dowd interviews Divine

Clip of “NeonWoman”

Interview continued

Clip of “Neon Woman”

Commercial: Profile Fitness Center, Victory Garden, Metrolines, Inc.

Village People music video of “Just a Gigolo

Closing credits.

12. Tape 12   28:22  May 22, 1978   Ed Murphy     Gay Double Agent     Kraftwerk

Episode preview.

Opening, shots include brief clips of Quentin Crisp and Bella Abzug

Frank O’Dowd previews show

Commercial for Ice Palace 57 (including inside footage), G & A Books

Gene Stavis interview with Ed ‘Skull’ Murphy refering to recent Village Voice Article on Murphy by Arthur Bell. Murphy discusses his role as police informant for the Federal government (1964-66) and for the New York State Committee on Crime.

Commercial for Victory Garden (plants) and Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, 28 Cornelia Street.

Ed Murphy continues interview with account of Stonewall Bar and Riots. He was the door manager. Gives information on police payoffs, and entrapment by the police.

Commercial for Man’s Country (Baths), 28 W. 15 Street (including interior footage), and Metrolines, Inc.

Performace video by the band Kraftwerk.

Closing credits

13. Tape 13  78/06/02   Marshal Mason     David Spangler

Episode preview:  interview with Marshall Mason (artistic director of Circle Repertory Theater); singer David Spangler at Tramps

Opening Montage: shots of Castro, Christopher Street, Christopher St. Pier, Club Miami Disco, Fire Island Ferry, glimpses (from past interviews) of Lynne Carter, Cal Culver, Formerly the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Polk Street, Wayland Flowers & Madame with segment host Frank O’Dowd, Arthur Bell, Quentin Crisp, Eartha Kitt, Gotham, Barbara Cook, Arthur Bressan Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald; quick clip of Village People music video of “Macho Man”; clips from “Boys in the Sand”

Frank O’Dowd promos segments by Marshall Mason and David Spangler

Commercial: Man’s Country Bathhouse, Manhattan Community Athletic Association benefit softball game, Jan Wallman’s restaurant and cabaret

Playwright Ken Kliban interviews Marshall Mason about Circle Rep and its current production of Lanford Wilson’s “The Fifth of July”

Commercial: 250 Book Center and G&A Books, Metrolines answering service, Victory Garden Plant ‘n’ Grow

David Spangler’s nightclub act at Tramps; songs include “Jonathan”

Closing credits

14. Tape 14  October 2, 1978 28:18   Butterfly Mc Queen     Roxbury Run Village

Clip from the film “Gone with the Wind”

Episode preview.

Opening shots of New York City and of past shows

Frank O’Dowd previews the show

Commercial: “Looking Good” (book), Ice Palace 57

Frank O’Dowd interviews Glen Petersen of Roxbury Run Village, a resort area town house development being marketed to gays

Promo film of Roxbury Run Village

Interview continued

Commercial: Metrolines, Inc., Jan Wallman’s Restaurant

Clip of Butterfly McQueen at Reno Sweeney’s

Dory Hanaway interviews Butterfly McQueen

Clip of Butterfly McQueen at Reno Sweeney’s

Interview continued

Closing credits

15. Tape 15  78/10/09  Lee Horwin     Dancer From The Dance

Episode preview:  singer Lee Horwin at The Ballroom, author Andrew Holleran (Dancer from the Dance)

Intro with shots of the Castro; West Village; Fire Island Pines ferry and beach; Casey Donovan (Cal Culver) in “Boys in the Sand”; quick clips of guests including Lynne Carter, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame with segment host Frank O’Dowd, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook at Reno Sweeney, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Arthur Bell, Geraldine Gitzgerald; quick clip of Village People video of “Macho Man”

Opening remarks by Frank O’ Dowd on Andrew Holleran and Lee Horwin

Commercial, “Looking Good: A Guide for Men” by Charles Hix

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco

Brandon Judell interviews Andrew Holleran

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village gay resort

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant and cabaret

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

Lee Horwin rehearses at The Ballroom (songs include “Marieke” by Jacques Brel); Frank O’Dowd interviews Lee in front of famous Ballroom mural; closing credits with Horwin singing.

16. Tape 16  October 16, 1978   28:46   Jason McBride     Briggs Initiative

Episode preview.

Shots of New York City and past shows

Frank O’Dowd responds to viewer objections to “60 Minute Queer Show”

Frank O’Dowd previews the show

Ad: Roxbury Run Village

Clip of Jayson MacBride at Scene One

Frank O’Dowd interviews Jayson MacBride, former porn star turned singer

Clip from “Night at the Adonis,” porn film with Jayson MacBride

Interview continued

Clip of Jayson MacBride at Scene 1

Ad: “Looking Good” (book)

Chuck Ortleb interviews Murray Edelman of United Fund to Defeat the Briggs Initiative

Closing credits

17. Tape 17  78/10/23  Selma Hazori     Scene One     Kings Don’t Mean A Thing     Ronnie Whyte

Show preview: Selma Hazouri at Scene One; Vito Russo interviews Arthur Bell; Ronny Whyte at Jan Wallman’s.

Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People.

Frank O’Dowd apologizes for cancellation of Rollerina interview; previews Vito Russo’s interview with Arthur Bell; introduces segment of Selma Hazouri at Scene One in Greenwich Village

Selma Hazouri sings Bondage Melody

Frank O’Dowd comments on Selma Hazouri

Commercial, Andrew Holleran’s novel “Dancer from the Dance”

Vito Russo interviews Arthur Bell on his book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing”

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village resort near Woodstock, NY

Ronny Whyte at Jan Wallman’s: “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” interview with Frank O’Dowd, “This Masquerade”.

Closing credits.

18. Tape 18  78/10/30  Barbara Cook     Illustrators     David Byrd     Richard Amsel

Show Preview: Barbara Cook at Reno Sweeney; Dory Hanaway interviews illustrators Richard Amsel and David Byrd. Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’ Dowd previews upcoming Quentin Crisp interview and Egypt travelogue and Barbara Cook/ Richard Amsel and David Byrd segments

Barbara Cook at Reno Sweeney: “New York State of Mind”

Frank O’Dowd; more segment previews

Commercial: Arthur Bell on his book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing”

Dory Hanaway interviews Richard Amsel and David Byrd

Commercial, Andrew Holleran’s novel “Dancer from the Dance”

Barbara Cook at Reno Sweeney: “Remember/Come in from the Rain”

Commercial: Roxbury Run Village resort near Woodstock, NY

Dori Hanaway takes a bath; closing words/closing credits

19. Tape 19  June 11, 1978   28:06  Larry Kramer     Faggots     Lynn Carter

Clip of Lynn Carter

Voice over preview of show

Opening shots include Rollerena, Arthur Bell, and Quentin Crisp

Frank O’Dowd plug for Islanders Club and preview of show

Commercial for Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Roxbury Run Village

Vito Russo interviews Larry Kramer just before his book “Faggots” was published

Ad featuring Arthur Bell pluging his book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing’.

Lynn Carter performance clip

Closing credits

20. Tape 20 78/11/13    To The Happiness Of Us All     Couples Study

Show preview: “The Happiness of Us All” at Bondini’s restaurant in Greenwich Village; Chip Jackson discusses couples with Drs. Philip Blumstein and Pepper Schwartz.

Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd previews musical revue “To the Happiness of Us All: A Deco Musical Fantasy” with Peggy Hewitt, Norman Rawlings, and the all-girl orchestra of Miss Fawn; and Blumstein and Schwartz interview.  O’Dowd thanks supporters of bill to defeat Proposition 6.

Commercial, Dalida at Carnegie Hall

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village resort near Woodstock, NY.

“To the Happiness of Us All” excerpts: “The Carioca,” “Italian Street Song,” “Down in the Depths”

Commercial, Arthur Bell’s book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing”

Commercial, “My Mental Block” novelty necklace

Chip Jackson interviews Dr. Philip Blumstein and Dr. Pepper Schwartz (sociology professors, Univ. of Washington) on their three-year study of relationships.

Commercial, Dalida at Carnegie Hall

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant

“To the Happiness of Us All” excerpt (“This Is It”) and closing credits

21. Tape 21 78/11/20    Gotham     The Love Habit

Show preview: Gotham at Reno Sweeney; Ann Cumming, author of “The Love Habit”

Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd previews Ann Cumming interview and Gotham, and next week’s Yves Navarre and Zora Rasmussen segments

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant

Commercial, Dalida at Carnegie Hall

Commercial, Arthur Bell’s book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing”

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village resort near Woodstock, NY

Frank O’Dowd interviews Ann Cumming

Commercial, “Freakout” board game

Commercial, “My Mental Block” novelty necklace

Commercial, Dalida at Carnegie Hall

Gotham at Reno Sweeney sing “I Go to Rio,” “Mr. Paganini” (screen goes black midway through first number; no picture for rest of show)

22. Tape 22 78/11/27    Yves Navarre     Sweet Tooth     Zora Rasmussen

Show preview: Zora Rasmussen at Reno Sweeney, Yves Navarre interview.

Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd on protest letters about recent Larry Kramer interview. Previews Yves Navarre, author of “Sweet Tooth” necrophilia novel, and Zora Rasmussen.

Commercial, Arthur Bell’s book “Kings Don’t Mean a Thing”

Commercial, “Freakout” board game

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant

Chip Jackson interviews Yves Navarre

Commercial, “My Mental Block” novelty necklace

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village resort near Woodstock, NY

Zora Rasmussen at Reno Sweeney: “You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart),” “New York, New York” (heavy tape distortion); closing credits

23. Tape 23 78/12/04    Jan Wallman     Showcase     Viva Viva

[AUDIO ONLY]

Episode preview.

Frank O’Dowd introduces show segments: interview with Peter Jackson and Brian Peterson, both involved with the revue “Viva, Viva” at the Rainbow Room; taped performances by Charlotte Clay and Dorothy Vogue.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Commercial, My Mental Block, novelty necklace for addressing phobias, in silver or gold.

[PARTIAL VIDEO RESUMES]

Frank O’Dowd segment with Peter Jackson, director and choreographer, and Brian Peterson, star, working in “Viva, Viva”.  Topics:  Jackson & Peterson’s collaborations; their previous work; meeting in a dance class;

Commercial, Freakout, adult board game.

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village, vacation resort.

[AUDIO ONLY]

Performances by Dorothy Vogue and Charlotte Clay at Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Closing credits.

24. Tape 24 78/12/11    Egypt

[Audio only]

Opening sequence.

Frank O’Dowd introduces the show in Cairo, Egypt.

Commercial, unidentified book title.

A video tour of Egypt, with a voice-over description of modern and historical Cairo; montage of various locations and scenes.

Commercial, Roxbury Run Village, vacation resort.

[Partial visuals]

Frank O’Dowd interviews a representative of Gypsy Feet, a travel agency that charters trips for gay men and women.  They discuss misconceptions about gay culture in Egypt.

Video tour continues:  the Pyramids at Giza; the Sphinx; others.

Editorial delivered by a member of the National Gay Task Force concerning instances of violence against gays across the country.

Closing credits.

25. Tape 25 79/01/00    The Final Chapter

[Audio only]

Frank O’Dowd explains that this will be the last show, composed of clips; describes the initial concept of the show three years prior and planning that went into the early production.  Lack of advertising revenue is given as a reason for the show going off the air; although viewership is high, advertisers do not recognize the viability of cable.

O’Dowd thanks previous and current producers of the show and Kaleidoscope Studios; bids goodbye.

Closing credits preceded by short clip of Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz”, prominently featuring the red shoes.

26. Tape 26   56:58   August 8, 1977  Abzug, Bella     Mary Marvin    Fire Island

Opening scenes of New York City

Frank O’Dowd previews the show

Commercial for Windjammer Cruise by Firebird Travel and for the Big Top Theater

The Pines, Fire Island: ferry; dock; boardwalk and beach; home of Jim Patterson

Gaysweek upcoming events

Ad for Chaps Bar

Skit “Mary Marvin, Mary Marvin” from the Big Top Theater

Ad for Billy the Kid Bar, Jackson Heights, Queens

Vito Russo interviews Bella Abzug on running for Mayor of New York City

Ad for the Pleasure Chest

Gotham (comedy group) at Barbara Ann’s Restaurant

Closing credits

27. Tape 27  September 1977  Apuzzo, Ginny     Atlantic City

Opening shots include street signs at the corner of Christopher and Gay, Times Square, and Central Park including the Rambles.

Frank O’Dowd asks for reaction to last weeks Gay Clout issue of New York Magazine.  He also anounces free blood tests for hepatitis to be given at Man’s Country, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Church of the Beloved Disciple.

Ad for Windjammer Cruise by Firebird Travel.

Maryann Collega interviews Ginny Apuzzo. They speak of Apuzzo’s work with the newly formed Gay Rights National Lobby, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the New York Political Action Council. A possible run by Apuzzo for State Assmbly in 1978 is also mentioned.

Commercial for Chaps Bar (interior shots, UperEast Side), the Big Top Theater (49th and Broadway), and Billy the Kid (interior shots, Jackson Heights, Queens).

Long feature on Atlantic City New Jersey with interview by Frank O’Dowd of John J. Schultz. Includes exterior shots of gay beach, Land of Oz bar, Ramrod, Lark Inn, and Grand Central Hotel.  Interior shots of Grand Central Resort, Club Baths, M&M Disco,  and After Dark Piano Lounge.  Shots of the drag show at the resort.

28. Tape 28 Bagley, Ben     Boy Meets Boy     Painted Smiles

Show preview plus opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd announces next week’s segments and discusses opening of Derek Jarman film “Sebastiane”; previews interview with revue and showtune record producer Ben Bagley and clips from off-Broadway revue “Boy Meets Boy”.

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant and cabaret

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

Bruce Keene interviews Ben Bagley on his Painted Smiles record series and off-Broadway revues, including “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter” and the “Shoestring Revue.”

Commercial, The Gay Scene newspaper

Commercial, Mandate magazine

Commercial, Man’s Country bathhouse

Commercial, “Timbuktu” with Eartha Kitt

Commercial, Twilight cruise bar

Commercial, Gayellow Pages

Clips from “Boy Meets Boy,” off-Broadway  musical at Actor’s Playhouse, by Bill Solly and Donald Ward, shot July 1976.  Cast includes Joe Barrett, Bobby Bowen, Jan Crean, David Gallegly, Rita Gordon, Monica Grignon, David Guinn, Mary-Ellen Hanlon, Richard King, Jim Payne, Paul Ratkevich, Bobby Reed, Jan Rounds, Kathy Willinger, Raymond Wood

Closing Credits

29. Tape 29   June 6, 1977 30:03  Bell, Arthur     The Harletts

Opening shots of New York City

Frank O’Dowd previews show.

Ken Cliburn interviews Village Voice columnist Arthur Bell – general conversation about City Council Majority Leader Tom Cuite and the Gay Rights Bill. They also talk of criticism of Bell’s article on gay bar life.

News Desk with Harry Hart-Brown – Texas Ban on gay college groups, dispute at Texas A & M; Seattle reverses gay cop ban; Ku Klux Klan statement; Big Brothers of Minneapolis; Anita Bryant Dade County ad in April edition of the Miami Herald

George Sardi talks of Neil Simon’s upcoming film “Good Bye Girl” starring Richard Dreyfus and of the book “Dreams Die First” by Al Robbins.

Commercial: Windjammer Cruises by Firebird Travel

Clip of FTH (Formerly the Harlettes) at the Paradise Room

Closing Credits

Everard fire appeal

30. Tape 30 – January 1978 – 28:20 minutes
Chaplin Tribute     Key West, Florida
Opening
Frank O’Dowd wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Commercial: Happy Tunes Records, Jan Wallman’s Restaurtant, Metrolines, G & A Books

Key West tour – repeat footage (see tape number 4)

Commercial: Mandate, Ice Palace 57, Big Top Theater and Broadway Arms, Gayellow Pages

Charlie Chaplin flim clips

Commercial: Where It’s At, Billy the Kid (Bar), Twilight (Bar)

Closing credits.

31. Tape 31 Clift, Montgomery     Pat Bosworth     Hot Peaches

Show preview, plus opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd previews segments: Interview with Patricia Bosworth (author of Montgomery Clift biography “Monty”) and “Hot Peaches” drag revue from Sutton Warehouse Theatre

Commercial, Happy Tunes Record

Commercial, Man’s Country bathhouse

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant and cabaret

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books

Show producer Gene Stavis interviews Patricia Bosworth

Commercial, Gayellow Pages

Commercial, New York Hair Center

Clips of “Hot Peaches”

Closing Credits

32. Tape 32 Crisp, Quentin

Opening montage: shots of Castro in SF, Christopher St., Club Miami bathhouse, Fire Island ferry, Lynne Carter, Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), Formerly of the Harlettes, Bella Abzug, Wayland Flowers & Madame, Quentin Crisp, Gotham, Arthur Bell, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr., Geraldine Fitzgerald, Village People

Frank O’Dowd previews interview with Quentin Crisp

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant and cabaret

Commercial, Grand Central Resort, Atlantic City

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books

Father John Noble from Church of the Beloved Disciple (gay NY church) interviews his old friend Quentin Crisp on his life and “The Naked Civil Servant”

Commercial, Christopher Street magazine

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar, Jackson Heights

Commercial, “Photographs of the Classic Male Nude” by Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden

Quentin Crisp interview (continued)

Closing credits

33. Tape 33  Fitzgerald, Geraldine Betty Boop
Episode preview.

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd previews upcoming segments:  Geraldine Fitzgerald at the Reno Sweeney’s Paradise Room; Max Fleischer on Betty Boop.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Commercial,  Man’s Country spa/gym.

[Audio only]

Commercial, Ozma nightclub.

Commercial,  Mandate magazine.

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc., telephone answering service.

Betty Boop clip.

Commercial, Twilight bar.

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books adult bookstores.

Commercial,  Gayellow Pages.

Commercial,  Happy Tunes Records.

Frank O’Dowd interviews Geraldine Fitzgerald. Segment intercut with performances by Fitzgerald.

Commercial,  Ice Palace 57.

Commercial, Broadway Arms.

Commercial,  Billy the Kid bar in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Closing credits.

34. Tape 34  40:36  Flowers, Wayland Charles Hix Looking Good

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd reports that taping of show took place on September 8; Michael Moran will speak with Charles Hix; Wayland Flowers performs at The Grand Finale.

Lynn Frizzell, songwriter of “Hurricane Anita” speaks with O’Dowd.

Commercial, Chaps bar.

Segment “Conversation Piece”:  Michael Moran interviews Charles Hix, author of “Looking Good”, a book on men’s grooming.

Commercial,  Christopher Street magazine.

Commercial, Grand Central Resort in Atlantic City, featuring the Show Biz Lounge, M&M Disco, and Club Baths Atlantic City.

Performance by Wayland Flowers at The Grand Finale.

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Frank O’Dowd interviews Wayland Flowers on location from Grand Finale.

35. Tape 35  58:00  Flowers, Wayland Enid Gerling Starting Here

[Audio  only]

Frank O’Dowd introduces “world’s first regularly scheduled television show aimed primarily at a gay viewing audience”; explains show is presented in magazine format.

[Visual]

Performance from “Starting Here, Starting Now” at the Broadway on Theatre restaurant.

Frank O’Dowd interviews Margery Cohen, Loni Ackerman, and George Lee Andrews from the show “Starting Here, Starting Now”.  The interview is intercut with clips of performances by the three performers.

Newsdesk Segment with Darlene Ryan & Harry Hart-Brown:  Carter administration agrees to meeting between representatives of gay community and various government departments to take place in September; Robert L. Livingston becomes first openly gay member of NYC’s Human Rights Commission; a group of gay professionals in Los Angeles set up the L.A. Community Guild; the first Gay History Workshop organized in Washington, entitled “Homosexuality in History”; three city employees and the first female police officer in Boise, Idaho were dismissed on rumors of being lesbians; contributions are solicited for the Miami Victory Campaign to fight Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign.

Entertainment news delivered by George Sardi.

Segment “Conversation Piece”:  Chuck Ortleb speaks with attorney Enid Gerling, focusing on her involvement representing clients in entrapment cases.

Editorial:  Harry Hart-Brown on gay rights opponent Anita Bryant.

Performance by Wayland Flowers from The Grand Finale.

Frank O’Dowd interviews Wayland Flowers on location from Grand Finale.

36. Tape 36  Flowers, Wayland Master Assorted Logos

Performance by Wayland Flowers.

Frank O’Dowd interviews Wayland on location from Grand Finale.

Closing credits.

37. Tape 37  28:14  Hockney, David The Classic Nude Von Gloeden

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd previews show; announces that originally scheduled program on gays in sports was cancelled at last minute.  David Hockney will be interviewed by Henry Geldzahler; Father Noble will talk with Beryl Veasey.

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records with opening clip of Betty Boop cartoon.

Commercial, Grand Central Resort in Atlantic City, featuring the Show Biz Lounge, M&M Disco, and Club Baths Atlantic City.

Commercial,  “Photographs of the Classical Male Nude”, book of reproductions by Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant.

Commercial, Gayellow Pages.

Henry Geldzahler, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, interviews British painter David Hockney. Topics: why he came to New York; the book “David Hockney”, by David Hockney;  Geldzahler’s claim that he was part of the team with the idea to have Hockney write an autobiography, and Hockney’s claim he gets talked into things quite easily;  living with Peter Schlesinger while in California and London; finding London not an easy city to live in alone.

Commercial, Ice Palace 57.

Commercial, Billy the Kid in Jackson Heights.

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc. telephone answering service.

Commercial, Twilight bar.

Father John Noble, Church of the Beloved Disciple, interviews Beryl Veasey, publisher of “Photographs of the Classical Male Nude”.  Topics:  von Gloeden’s background as German Baron in turn-of-the-century village of Taormina in Sicily; was well-known in European aristocratic, literary and artistic circles; his photographic concept of Taormina’s boys as the last remnant of the classical world.  Von Gloeden gave money from sale of his prints to the boys.  His collection of glass plates was bequeathed to his companion.

Commercial,  “Photographs of the Classical Male Nude”, book of reproductions by Baron Wilhelm VonGloeden.

Closing credits.

38. Tape 38  28:30  James, Jessica Tim Cahill Larry Kert

Introduction, voiceover announces profile of Larry Kert, Tim Cahill and performance by Jessica James.

Opening sequence.

Frank O’Dowd informs viewer that this is the last complete broadcast of The Emerald City; reasons will be explained on later broadcast.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant.

Jessica James performs medley of songs

Tim Cahill performs stand-up comedy.

Larry Kert from The Bell performs “Tonight” from “West Side Story.”

Arthur Bell interviews Larry Kert at the Bell.  Topics:  his approach to performing; his role in Jolie.

Kert performs a medley from “Company”.

39. Tape 39 Kennedy, Neal     Sebastiane     Gerri Griffon

Show preivew:  interview of Neil Kennedy by Vito Russo, and profile of singer Gerry Griffin.

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd announces the film “Sebastiane” directed by Derek Jarman has broken attendance records at Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village.

Commercial, Ozma restaurant under chef Charles Ullma, and Emerald City disco upstairs.

Commercial, Man’s Country gym/spa/bathhouse.

Commercial,  Happy Tunes Records, with opening clip of Betty Boop cartoon.

Commercial,   Mandate magazine. (Tagline: For men who walk on the wild side”.)

Vito Russo introduces Neil Kennedy, actor who plays Maximus in Derek Jarman’s “Sebastiane”.  Topics:  the risk for Kennedy of playing that part; learning to speak lines in Latin.

Clip from “Sebastiane”:  men on a sandy desert around a group of wrestling beetles; Maximus eats one of the beetles; two men perform a choreographed wrestling match.

Interview continued: the controversial nature of the character Maximus; Kennedy’s attempt to make the character as unpleasant as possible; how facets of masculinity and femininity are expressed in the movie’s gay characters, and how Kennedy approaches it in other roles; Kennedy living in Los Angeles, and writing.

Commercial,  250 Book Center and G&A Books adult bookstores.

Commercial,  New York Hair Center.

Commercial,  Twilight bar.

Commercial,  Metrolines, Inc. telephone answering service.

Commercial,  Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Gerri Griffin performs at Hurrah.  Songs include “I Believe in Love” and “I’ve Got It Bad”.

Closing credits.

40. Tape 40 Kind, Roslyn     Craig Russell

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd introduces show as “Emerald City Late Night”, indicates new time slot of show for proceeding thirteen weeks; responds to questions received in mail to say that show is not funded by any grants, is totally advertising supported.

Commercial, Grand Central Resort in Atlantic City, featuring the Show Biz Lounge, M&M Disco, and Club Baths Atlantic City.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Segment “Conversation Piece” hosted by Arthur Bell, reporter for Village Voice, interviewing Craig Russell, impersonator and star of “Outrageous”. Topics:  choices of female performers to impersonate; his part as a hairdresser in the film “Outrageous” and his time as an actual hairdresser.

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar, in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records (opens with clip of Betty Boop cartoon).

Commercial, Christopher Street magazine Poetry & Art issue.

Roslyn Kind performs “Come in from the Rain” at The Grand Finale; is interviewed by Maryann Collega.  Topics: performing at The Grand Finale; performing in LA; returning to LA to star in movie “Hot Rides Nashville”.

Closing credits.

41. Tape 41 Kirkwood, James     Old T&A Movies

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City; “Anything Goes” plays during sequence.

Frank O’Dowd announces availability of tickets for American premiere of film “Sebastiane” and The Emerald City’s first anniversary party, held Wednesday, March 1; James Kirkwood will be interviewed later in show; introduces film circa 1930.

Rare film “Sailor Soldier”, ca. 1930.

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 nightclub.

Commercial, Man’s Country gym/sauna/bathhouse.

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records (opens with clip of a Betty Boop cartoon.)

Commercial, Mandate magazine (tagline:  For men who walk on the wild side).

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc., telephone answering service.

Commercial, Film “Sebastiane” at Ozma on March 1, followed by Emerald City 1st anniversary celebration.

Brandon Judell, GaysWeek columnist, interviews James Kirkwood, Pulitzer winning playwright of “A Chorus Line”.  Topics: the staged productions of “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”; his views on acting; and the autobiographical nature of his writing.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books adult bookstores.

Commercial, Twilight bar.

James Kirkwood interview by Brandon Judell, continued.  Topics:  casting for “Good Times/Bad Times”; replacing his dead cat.

Commercial, film “Sebastiane” at Ozma on March 1, followed by Emerald City 1st anniversary celebration.

Commercial, “El Paso Wrecking, Corp.” at 55 St. Playhouse.

Closing Credits, with music from “A Chorus Line”.

42. Tape 42 Kitt, Eartha

[Audio only]

Show preview.

Frank O’Dowd introduces show:  continuation of an interview with Arthur Bell from previous week’s show.

Commercial, Man’s Country gym/bath house.

Commercial, unidentifiable.

Arthur Bell, of the Village Voice, interviews Eartha Kitt.  Topics:  live performances; her physique; beginning career as a dancer; the incident involving her visit to speak with Lady Bird Johnson at the White House; comparing the plight of gays with that of African Americans for equal rights.

[Visual]

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc., telephone answering service.

[Audio only]

Eartha Kitt interview continued:  dealing with issues of race as a performer; Montgomery Clift’s death.

Commercial, “Timbuktu” on Broadway with Eartha Kitt.

Closing credits.

43. Tape 43 Kneeland, Bobby     Scene 1

[Audio only]

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City set to the song “Anything Goes”.

Frank O’Dowd introduces show.

Commercial, “Photographs of the Classic Male Nude”, book of reproductions by Wilhelm von Gloeden.

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant.

Commercial, Gayellow Pages.

Commercial, Big Top, Broadway Arms and Café Espresso.

Commercial, Metrolines, Inc., telephone answering service.

Mime performance by Lavinia.

O’Dowd interviews owner of Scene One cabaret in Greenwich Village, Bobby Newman.  Topics:  the nature of his establishment; performers at his establishment.

Performance by unidentifiable performer at Scene One.

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar, Jackson Heights, Queens.

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records.

Commercial, Twilight bar.

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books adult bookstores.

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco.

Bobby Newman interview continued.

Additional performance by unidentified performer at Scene One.

Closing credits.

44. Tape 44 Livingston     Greater Gotham Business Council     #3     Unc Vinty

[Audio only]

Opening sequence with scenes of New York City set to the song “Anything Goes”.

Frank O’Dowd introduces Emerald City (first show).

Commercial, Firebird Travel.

O’Dowd interviews Uncle Vinty.  Topics:  performance background and style, described as theatre and rock; working on Wall Street selling options in commodities market.  Includes clips of Uncle Vinty’s onstage performances, playing piano.

Harry Hart-Brown and Sheryl Gross report news.  Openly gay Floridian Air Force member ousted from service named chair of Miami Gay Rights organization; Secretary of Defense Harold Brown announced application for former service members wishing to upgrade discharges; Baton Rouge gay activist facing trial for kidnapping 17 year old hitchhiker; Reversal of obscenity ruling for two books in Canada, “Loving Man” and “Men Loving Men”; the bankrupted Mattachine Society’s library was sold at auction; an updated Kinsey study at University of Indiana was released.

Highlights from Disco for Democracy event to raise funds for Dade County, Florida’s Fight Against Anita Bryant.

Classified Commercial, a new department of Emerald City, introduces a sample ad with a male searching for an apartment.

Christopher Street magazine publisher interviews Robert Livingston, openly gay Commissioner of New York City’s Human Rights Commission, working to pass protections based on homosexuality.

O’Dowd introduces performers of the group Gotham at Barbara Ann’s.

Closing credits.

45. Tape 45- c. Jan 1978 – 28:09 minutes
Ludlum, Charles     The Ventriloquist’s Wife     Sabastiane (film)

Opening

Frank O’Dowd previews the program

Clips from the film “Sebastiane”

Commercial: Man’s Country, Happy Tunes Records, Gayellow Pages, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Metrolines

Scene from Charles Ludlum’s The Ventriloquist’s Wife

Lola Pashalinski interviews Charles Ludlum and Black Eyed Susan

Another scene from The Ventriloquist’s Wife

Commercial: Ice Palace 57, Mandate, Twilight Bar, G & A Books

Interview with Ludlum and Black Eyed Susan continued

Another scene from The Ventriloquist’s Wife

Commercial: Ozma, ‘El Paso Wrecking, Corp.”, “Sebastiane”.

Closing credits.

46. Tape 46 O’Leary, Jean     National Gay Task Force     Lynn Carter     Grand Finale  53:31   October 1978]

Opening shots of New York City

Introduction and preview by Frank O’Dowd

Introduction by Frank O’Dowd

Commercial for Mask-Gas Air Freshener, Billy the Kid bar (Jackson Heights, Queens), Grand Central Resort (Atlantic City).

Warner Brothers Cartoon “I Taw a Putty Tat”

Commercial for Jan Wallman’s Restaurant,  Happy Tunes records,  Christopher Street Magazine

Maryann Collega interviews Jean O’Leary of the National Gay Task Force about White House meeting with Midge Costanza, International Women’s Year conference in Houston, Carol Bellamy victory in New York City, NYC Gay Rights Bill,  and other subjects

Ad for Billy the Kid Bar

Female impersonator Lynn Carter performs at the Grand Finale

Frank O’Dowd interviews Lynn Carter

Closing credits

 

Box 2

47. Tape 47 51:48  October 1977  Poole, Wakefield     Cal Culver

Opening shots of Central Park Rambles, Greenwich Village Streets

Frank O’Dowd announces that starting the following week they will go to a half hour show.

Commercial for Atlantic City’s Grand Central resort and Club Baths, Jan Wallman’s Restaurant, Happy Tunes Records, and Billy the Kid Bar (Queens)

Frank O’Dowd interviews Wakefield Poole and Cal Culver (Casey Donovan)

Culver talks about first getting into porn, Poole talks about the filming of “Boys in the Band,” and the use of “fluffers”, Culver talks about being recognized on the street.

Clips from “Boy’s in the Sand”

Commercial for Atlantic City, Christopher Street Magazine, Jan Wallman’s and Happy Tunes Records

Poole talks about his pre-film career as a dancer and a director, making of “Boy’s in the Sand”, and the making of “Bijou.”

Clip from “Bijou”

Poole talks about his film “The Bible.”

Long clip from “The Bible” (Samson and Delila scene).

Clip from “Take One”

Poole talks about “Take One”

48. Tape 48   February 1977  Poole, Wakefield     Joe Gage     Kansas City Truck     Baby Jane Dexter

Frank O’Dowd announces first anniversary party next Wednesday (March 1, 1977).

Commercial for Ice Palace with interior video; Happy Tunes Records; interior video of 250 Book Center; Jan Wallman’s restaurant; Metrolines, Inc.

Wakefield Poole conversation with Joe Gage including clips from his films “Kansas City Trucking Company” “El Paso Wrecking Corp.”  “L.A. Tool & Die”

Commercial for Mandate; Twilight; Gayellow Pages; Man’s Country with interior video

Baby Jane Dexter performance at Tramps

Dory Hanaway interviews Dexter

Clip of “Sabastiene” a film by Derek Jarman about to have its U.S. premiere

49. Tape 49 27:24  January 1977 Michael Stewart, Kaleb Stone – Judy Garland Impersonator

Introduction.

Opening: New York City Scenes

Frank O’Dowd announcements: Last week Emerald City was at Ozma.

Wednesday March 1 they will host Derek Jarman’s “Sebastiane”.

Commercial for Mandate Ice Palace 57; Jan Wallman’s restaurant; Happy Tunes Records

Wakefield Poole interviews Michael Stewart

Commercial for Emerald City at Ozma; Man’s Country; MetroLines; G&A Books

Frank O’Dowd interviews Judy Garland impersonator, Kaleb Stone, and shows a performance clip

Commercial for 55th Street Playhouse; Twilight (Bar); Gayellow Pages

Closing credits

50. Tape 50 56:16 Mid-June 1977   Tripp, Dr. C.A.   Mama’s Boys   60 Minute Queer Show

Frank O’Dowd previews the show

Ad for Chaps Bar

“Moma’s Boy’s” footage

Ad for Mask-Gas

“Mama’s Boy’s” footage continues

Ken Cliburn interviews Dr. C.A. Tripp, author of “Homosexual Matrix”

Ad for Firebird Travel

News commentary Dade County vote by Harry Hart-Brown

Harry Hart-Brown interviews Stevie Knolls of Dykes and Tykes about Christopher Street Liberation Day and about the parade committee

Footage of The Playhouse of the Ridiculous production at La Mama of “60 Minute Queer Show” and interview with director John Vaccaro by Frank O’Dowd

Credits

51. Tape 51 Wallman, Jan   Word is Out

Episode previe: Vito Russo talks with Peter Adair and Lucy Massie Phenix about their gay documentary “Word is Out”; singer-pianist Ava Williams at Jan Wallman’s cabaret

Opening montage: shots of Central Park Ramble, Christopher St. Pier, Sheridan Square, Christopher & Gay Sts., Central Park, 53rd & 3rd

Frank O’Dowd introduces “Word is Out” and Jan Wallman’s segment

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records

Commercial, Mandate magazine

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

Excerpts from “Word is Out”; Vito Russo interviews Peter Adair and Nancy Massie Phenix

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco

Commercial, Man’s Country bathhouse

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar, Jackson Heights

Commercial, Big Top and Broadway Arms bathhouse

Frank O’Dowd interviews Jan Wallman at Jan Wallman’s; songs by singer-pianist Ava Williams: “Nowadays,” “I Am My Own Best Friend.”

Commercial, Gayellow Pages

Commercial, Twilight cruise bar

Commercial, “Where It’s At” gay going-out guide

Closing credits

52. Tape 52  26:30  October 1977  Waters, John     Desperate Living

Opening Credits

Frank O’Dowd previews the episode.

Commercial: Grand Central Resort (Atlantic City); Jan Wallman’s Restaurant

Vito Russo interviews John Waters

Commercial: Happy Tune Records; G & A Books; Billy the Kid Bar

Vito Russo interviews John Waters continued

Clips from film Deperate Living

Vito Russo interviews John Waters continued

Credits

53. Tape 53 28:08 late Spring 1977 Holly Woodlawn, Jigaboo

Introduction: What’s coming up; opening scenes of New York City

Frank O’Dowd introduces show.

Jigaboo (Vinnie Venzerelli) performs on roller skates in Central Park

Commercial for Atlantic City Grand Central Resort; Man’s Country Jan wallman’s restaurant; MetroLines

Holly Woodlawn performance clip at Paradise Room of Reno Sweeney’s

Frank O’Dowd interviews Holly Woodlawn

Performance clip of Holly Woodlawn

Commercial for G & A Books; Victory Garden

Interview continues

Performance clip of Holly Woodlawn

Closing credits

54. Tape 54 27:58 Baths, The     A Discussion

Opening of New York Scenes

Frank O’Dowd previews the show from Man’s Country Baths

Commercial for Billy the Kid Bar, Jackson Heights; Grand Central Resort, Atlantic City; Jan Wallman’s Restuarant; G & A Books; Club Baths Miami

Arthur Bell interviews bath owners Michael Fusco of Man’s Country and Tony Masiolli of East Side Sauna and Wall Street Sauna

Commercial for Happy Tunes Records and “Photographs of the Classic Male Nude” book by Von Gloeden.

Bell interview continued

Frank O’Dowd previews next weeks show

Closing credits

55. Tape 55 Jan 1978  Boys in the Band   La Tourneux

Introduction

O’Dowd notes Ed Koch first day in office and comments on his proposed executive order

Commercial for: Happy Tunes, Mandate, Billy the Kid bar, Metro Lists

Clip of the film Boys in the Band and Arthur Bell interviews Robert LaTourneau (Cowboy)

Commercial for: Jan Williams Restaurant, Ice Palace, Broadway Arms, Gayellow Pages

Continue Bell / LaTourneau interview

Clips from Even More Outrageous

Commercial for: G & A Books, Twighight Bar

56. Tape 56 Gay USA

Dec 1977

Opening montage: shots of Central Park Ramble and other glimpses of Central Park, Christopher Street Pier, Sheridan Square and other West Village shots, 53rd St. and 3rd Ave.

Frank O’Dowd (at home) intros show: Interviews with filmmaker Arthur Bressan, Jr. and segment on documentary Gay USA

Commercial, “Photographs of the Classic Male Nude” by Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant/cabaret

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

John Rome interviews pornographer/filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. on his new documentary, “Gay USA” (about June 1977 Gay Pride march); includes footage from film.

Commercial, Twilight cruise bar

Commercial, 5th annual Christmas party for Retarded Children of NY (sponsored by gay establishments)

Commercial, 250 Book Center & G&A Books

Commercial, Broadway Arms bathhouse

Interview with Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. continues

Commercial, Billy the Kid bar, Jackson Heights, Queens

Frank O’ Dowd outro

Closing Credits

57. Tape 57 Ice Studio     Gay Engagement Calander

December 1977

Show preview:  announcement of interviews with author Martin Grief and Ice Studio owner Archie Walker

Opening montage: shots of Central Park Ramble and other glimpses of Central Park, Christopher Street Pier, Sheridan Square and other West Village shots, 53rd St. and 3rd Ave.

Frank O’Dowd, at Ice Studio, introduces interviews with Archie Walker and Martin Grief

Commercial, Jan Wallman’s restaurant/cabaret

Commercial, Emerald City disco/Ozma restaurant

Commercial, Mandate magazine

Commercial, 250 Book Center and G&A Books

Commercial, Gayellow Pages

Brandon Judell interviews Martin Grief, author of “The Gay Engagement Calendar 1978”

Commercial, Happy Tunes Records

Commercial, Ice Palace 57 disco

Commercial, Man’s Country bathhouse

Commercial, Metrolines answering service

Frank O’Dowd skates at Ice Studio, then interviews owner Archie Walker and instructor Mooki

Commercial, Emerald City disco/Ozma restaurant

Commercial, “El Paso Wrecking Corp.” (Joe Gage porn feature) at 55th St. Playhouse

Commercial, Twilight cruise bar

Archie Walker interview concludes

Closing credits

58. Tape 58 28:57   1977  Commercial Reel

Reel of commercials for Jan Williams Restaurant, Happy Tunes Records, Christopher Street (magazine), Mandate (magazine), G & A Books; Von Gloeden book, Twilight Bar, Gayellow Pages, Metrolines, Inc. (phone answering service), Ice Palace 57 (club), Big Top Theater and Broadway Arms, Man’s Country (baths); El Paso Wrecking Corp. (film), Emerald City (restaurant) and Ozma

(Gap of 19:32 minutes)

Closing credits

59. Tape 59 Untitled    10:27 December 1977

Frank O’Dowd introduces show from outside Reno Sweeney cabaret on West 13th St; announces segments on Barbara Cook at Reno Sweeney, Eartha Kitt (interviewed by Village Voice columnist Arthur Bell), and Larry Kert at the Ballroom (also interviewed by Bell).

Frank O’Dowd (on horseback in Sahara Desert) announces MOMA’s King Tut exhibition.

Frank O’Dowd at Ice Studio 57, Lexington (73rd-74th Sts.); announces interview with owner Archie Walker. (Cuts off abruptly).

Frank O’Dowd interviews Anne Cumming, author of “The Love Habit:  The Sexual Confessions of an Older Woman’.

Frank O’Dowd interviews actress Geraldine Fitzgerald at Reno Sweeney about her cabaret act.

Barbara Cook takes bow onstage at Reno Sweeney; Frank O’Dowd interviews Cook and accompanist Wally Harper at club.

Closing credits

60. Tape 60 Untitled

Unedited sketch comedy rehearsals; all actors unidentified unless noted; Frank O’Dowd directing.
62 mins. total

00:00:07-00:03:18
“Masterpiece Squares” parody with red-haired actor (as Peter Stuyvesant) and cute young dark-haired actor (as host/interviewer)

00:03:18-00:06:48
“Masterpiece Squares” parody with blond actor (as host/interviewer) and bearded, dark-haired actor (as Peter Stuyvesant)

00:06:48-00:10:07
“He loves me, he loves me not” sketch by three women

00:10:07-00:11:00
Sketch between two feuding women

00:11:00-00:14:25
Commercial about sex toys by toothy actor

00:14:25-00:17:09
Whorehouse sketch by two actors

00:17:09-00:18:57
Monologue about nutritionist by long-haired actor

00:18:57-00:21:58
Blonde actress Gail Sternberg in monologue about girl who drops acid on Sunset Blvd.

00:21:59-00:22:51
Actress with short blonde curly hair, “Appletine” monologue

00:22:51-00:23:51
Brunette actress with glasses; same “Appletine” monologue

00:23:51-00:25:42
Heavy-set brunette actress; same “Appletine” monologue

00:25:42-00:27:38
Two black actors as R&B duo

00:27:38-00:29:34
“He loves me, he loves me not” comedy sketch by three blonde women

00:29:34-00:30:11
Sketch between two feuding redhead women

00:30:11-00:32:58
“He loves me, he loves me not” comedy sketch by same three blonde women

00:32:58-00:34:35
Balding actor with mustache in sex-toy commercial

00:34:35-00:36:10
Improvised ice cream commercial by actor and actress

00:36:10-00:37:23
Jewish restaurant commercial by actor with mustache

00:37:23-00:38:19
Improvised ice cream commercial by same actor and actress

00:38:19-00:38:51
Jewish restaurant commercial by balding blond actor

00:38:51-00:40:31
Red-haired actress imitates Mae West

00:40:34-01:02:34
Female impersonator Lynne Carter in unidentified nightclub (possibly Les Mouches) as
Phyllis Diller and Bette Davis; two unidentified male dancers sing and dance “Hey There, Good Times.”

61. Tape 61  28:15  Late September 1978

Opening Credits

Voice over – Frank O’Dowd previews show

Commercial: Jan Wallman’s Restaurant; Metrolines, Inc.; Looking Good

Arthur Bell interviews female impersonator Craig Russell

Clips from film “Outrageous” starring Craig Russell (video is badly broken up)

Arthur Bell interviews Craig Russell continued

Ad: Victory Garden

Clip of singer Roslyn Kind at The Grand Finale

Roslyn Kind interviewed by Maryann Collega

Another clip of singer Roslyn Kind at the Grand Finale

Roslyn Kind interviewed by Maryann Collega continued

Another clip of singer Roslyn Kind at the Grand Finale

Ad,  “Looking Good”

Closing credits.