Wow! Great estate sale find! A 1973 film produced by Matco Films in Los Angeles. In the original box! This was the most controversial story about Marilyn Monroe for a long time! Did she make this soft porn film called "The Apple-Knockers And Coke"? This film starts off with many actual appearances of Marilyn Monroe, and then it plays the Apple-Knockers film from 1948. You get the box with the red plastic reel and the film which is on a metal reel right now (after having been played-tested), you get the metal reel too.
Of course, we now know that it was not Marilyn, that it was Arline Hunter who finally admitted in a 1982 Playboy interview that it was actually her in the film...
Arline Hunter, (born December 16, 1931), is an American actress and model. She is perhaps best known as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for August 1954. Her centerfold was the first not to be purchased from the John Baumgarth Co. by Hugh Hefner, and was instead photographed by Ed DeLong, who would go on to become one of the more prolific Playboy photographers in the 1960s.
Much of Hunter's fame was built upon her resemblance to Marilyn Monroe; indeed, her Playboy pose was obviously inspired by Monroe's notorious 1949 nude photo session with Tom Kelley from which her own Playboy photo came. The similarity in look between Hunter and Monroe also came into play when a nude Hunter starred in a film short called Apple Knockers and Coke. For many years there have been those who have seen the film and have mistaken Hunter for Monroe.
Hunter went on to have a film career that consisted mostly of sexy parts in B-movies such as White Lightnin' Road and The Art of Burlesque. She also appeared alongside the Three Stooges in 1957's Outer Space Jitters. Perhaps one of her biggest film roles was with fellow bombshell Mamie Van Doren in Sex Kittens Go to College. She also had guest roles in prominent TV series such as Perry Mason and My Three Sons.
A film review by Michael Elliott.
Apple-Knockers and the Coke, The (1948)
**** (out of 4)
Erotic/adult movies have been around just as long as your regular movies. I've seen quite a few of these early adult movies from the 1910s and 20s but this one here is perhaps the only one of these early movies that gained any type of notoriety. This is the film that helped give Marylin Monroe a rather bad reputation as it was reported that she played the lead in this film, which features plenty of nudity and sexual situations. It wasn't until 1982 that the rumor was finally put to rest when the real star, Arlene Hunter, came forward in a Playboy interview admitting that she was the star. The footage is in pretty bad shape and appears to be 8mm so any real detail is hard to see. After watching the film I think it was pretty far fetched to think this was Monroe but I'm sure the gossip machines back in the day didn't bother to actually watch the film.
As for the film itself and not its history, I must admit that I found it to be wonderful. Seven minutes of the big breasted Hunter doing various poses as the camera slowly moves around showing every inch of her body. I was really shocked at how erotic the movie actually was as whoever directed it (it's not known) must have known what they were doing as it contains some of the most erotic charm that I've ever seen. There's a sequence with Hunter playing with an apple that contains a certain innocence that has been ruined by countless other filmmakers trying to do the same thing. We have a sequence with her playing with a bottle and once again, it's something we've seen countless times but done here to perfection. There's no question that Hunter is extremely beautiful but that's not enough to make a movie work. This film really does come together on all sides and will likely stay in your mind once it ends.