March 2012

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Not much to say about this except that Pam was partial to dressing up. When George Harrison Marks and Pam first started their publishing empire they didn’t have that many models on their books. Pam, therefore developed a couple of alter egos, this one being Princess Sonmar H’Arriks from Morocco. The long black wig that Pam is wearing had originally been made for the French ballerina Ludmilla Tcherina for the film The Tales of Hoffman (1951). The film, incidentally, was made by The Archers (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger).

A dark haired Pamela Green on the cover of Pose and Poise from the mid ’50s. The booklet is apparently for art students.

People tend to assume that NANI (Naked – As Nature Intended) was one of the first British nudist movies if not the first. It wasn’t. The first British Nudist film was Nudist Paradise (1958). It was quickly followed by Travelling Light (1959), Nudist Memories (1959), The Nudist Story (1960), and Some Like it Cool (1961), which was directed by Micheal Winner who went on to fame and fortune directing such films as The Nightcomers (1971) and Death Wish (1974). The craze for nudist films was short lived and was certainly on the way out by the time Eves on Skis was released in 1963. NANI (1961) was the most successful gaining cult status over the years, but it is great to see the release of Nudes Of The World and Take Off Your Clothes And Live! on DVD. I had the great pleasure of seeing Nudes of the World on the big screen at the Doing Rude Things book launch bash at the Scala cinema way back when. I look forward to seeing it again.

Like NANI this saucy double-bill pushed the barriers of ’60s censorship when naked girls could only be shown if they were extolling the healthy lifestyle of naturism. Produced and directed by sexploitation double-act Stanley Long (On the Game) and Arnold Louis Miller (West End Jungle), Nudes of the World sees a group of international beauty queens turn an English stately home into a nudist camp, with unexpected results. The movie even features narration by Blue Peter’s legendary presenter Valerie Singleton! The sequel, Take Off Your Clothes and Live!, follows a group of pretty English girls escaping to the French Riviera, where they discover the joys of stripping off in the sunshine.

This article appeared in Showgirl Glamour Revue, Vol. 1 No. 1. I’m not sure of the year but it’s late ’50s.

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This is a bit of a special treat. A rare photo of Weegee being photographed by Pam (1959). Never before published. Weegee was a very frequent visitor to the studio in Gerrard Street. He also visited the set of Peeping Tom while they were filming. I wonder if he took any photos on set.