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Josie's Castle (1971)

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Director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play), George Takei (hot on the heels of Star Trek) and author Holly Mascott-Nadler star in this obscure dramedy set in 1966, which concerns a trio of 20-somethings who leave their spouses and shack up together. Lust, jealousy, drug deals, voice-overs and overlong montages abound.

Penned by Mascott (and directed by... her father?), the film underwent blatant post-production meddling and was sold as a softcore sexploitation flick, with additional skin provided by body-doubles (Mascott had already bared her breasts and Holland went full-frontal, but the powers that be decided there still wasn't enough nudity) and random unrelated sex scenes were interspersed throughout (allegedly there's a version where Takei had a nude-double, but this isn't it). For its time, there's also some unusual gay themes; Barnaby Shackleford portrays a flamboyant friend/neighbor making a student film about a masturbating monkey, and there's some freaky sexual tension between Takei and Holland. Jimmie Haskell's bubblegum-song soundtrack was the big music winner at the 1971 Atlanta Film Festival, where the movie screened under the title "The Grass Is Always Greener."

Also known as "A Bicycle Built for Three," "The Young Divorcees," and "Teenage Divorcee," the latter version was issued in a DVD multi-pack which was transferred from a beaten grindhouse print. This version, "California Fever," is the same edit of the film, which had a minor release on VHS and was duped from a much cleaner print (it runs about 30 seconds longer than the DVD, which lost some minor footage at the reel changes). This edit is missing a few scenes that appear in the "Josie's Castle" trailer, including the visit from Leonard's mother while he's in jail, and some dialogue before Josie's and Leonard's first sex scene.

This is a pretty rare film, with some particularly greedy resellers pricing the videotape in the triple-digits. Mascott Productions owns the rights; no infringement is intended.

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