Friday, September 26, 2014

Roger Earl - Men of the Midway (1983)


Here it is...the Carny (1980) of late era Golden Age male erotica. Of course, this film does not feature Jodie Fosters...or any other woman for that matter.

Men of the Midway (1983)

Chris Burns runs away from home after his father (Paul Barresi) tries to sell him for sex. Chris joins a carnival, where Tim Kramer pretty much does what Barresi had in mind (the difference is Dad was gonna sell Chris to nasty old white men, and Kramer sells Chris to hunky young black men!). Fortunately (I guess) for Chris, the carnival owner falls for him, and they "turn the tables" on Kramer in the final scene. Includes on location settings. Also, Jack Strider, Beau Matthews, Toby, Donkey Dan, Jeff Powers, Shelly Williams, Bruce McDonald, Duane MacNuchula

In this newly-restored classic of gay erotica, Paul Baressi tries to hire out his son to please other men. The young man runs away to the circus where he finds his ass up for grabs with every raunchy tent wrangler looking for action.

Here is a unique vintage gay porn film of youth being debased in the gaudy world of carny folks. Chris Burns runs away from home after his father (Paul Baressi) tries to sell him for sex.

One of the "artier" gay adult films of the early '80s, Roger Earl's much-discussed Men of the Midway gives us a glimpse into the world of travelling circuses, pre-condom rough trade, and a rare opportunity to see porn director Paul Baressi in front of the camera.

"Roger Earl's conversation-piece classic, Men of the Midway, is a lot like the meretricious milieu in which it is set -- a virtually non-stop, brazen come-on, promsing the sleazy and exotic, that delivers only a semblance of what it advertises, yet which exerts a powerful, lurid curiousity over the customer nonetheless." -- Manshots, December 1990

"The best thing about Men of the Midway isn't the fact that it has a real-life carnival as its backdrop or that it's the first real feature-length talkie for Tim Kramer, but the fact that it attempts to tell a story worht telling. It isn't about lovers, orgies, kink, or sex in public places. It's about jealousy, greed, trust, honesty and revenge.... And its sex trips are varied too. Everything from dildo diddling to a gangbang." -- Studflix

A bit too much plot for some, but in this case, it works, and makes the rough sex even hotter.

no pass