The Naked Ape (1973) Victoria Principal, Dennis Olivieri,Johnny Crawford
The Naked Ape (1973)
This box-office and critical disaster (executive-produced by Hugh Hefner), directed by one-time Donald Driver, was an experimental, pseudo-docudrama and semi-animated Playboy magazine adaptation of the popular 1967 anthropological Desmond Morris book of the same name. The film's tagline was:
The Naked Ape is Only Human
This PG-rated sex comedy cult film, often with the mild nudity edited out, attempted to explain, in hip 70s fashion, the history of man's sexual urges and mating rituals. It was actually considered a "deft mixture of anthropology, animation, fantasy, and romance."
It starred ex-Mousketeer (and the 1950s TV western The Rifleman young co-star) Johnny Crawford as Lee - an evolved college student who still had base animalistic desires. His prime interest was for a classmate in his "Erotic Poetry and Prose" class:
- Cathy (Victoria Principal, who posed nude in a six-page spread in Playboy Magazine, September 1973 issue, to advertise the film), mini-skirted with white go-go boots
To the sound of applause of cheering classmates, they entered hand-in-hand through a door into the blackness of space, and together floated off as their clothes were inexplicably torn off - and then were making love in bed together, in a fantasy sequence. She asked Lee: "Do you know monkeys and apes don't fall in love?"
Donald Driver (screenwriter), Desmond Morris (book)
Johnny Crawford, Victoria Principal, Dennis Olivieri