Friday, April 3, 2015

How the breast was won by David Deahl

Well, after an overlong break from Penthouse pictorials we are able to move on to the next one chronologically.  The reason for the long interval since the last one, The Lady and the Stableboy which we posted last July, is that we could not locate the particular issue of Penthouse which contained this pictorial. 

We knew we had it but Agent Triple P's collection is contained in approximately 135 file boxes plus three piles, two feet high, of around 300 more magazines.  Somehow the Penthouse July 1977 issue was not in the box it was supposed to be in.  However, last weekend we sorted out the piles of loose copies and, inevitably, almost at the bottom of the final pile there it was!  The issue also features the lovely Christine Davray as the Pet of the Month and as we are a July centrefold in arrears we have scanned her and will post her in Venus Observations shortly.

The pictorial itself is rather an atypical one for Penthouse.  It is a period piece set in the Old West and features a well done saloon bar set which they refer to in the text as the Last Chance Cafe (oddly).

The pictorial is a straightforward linear narrative.  Saloon girl Tootsie LaRolle likes the look of the white-hatted stranger Slick Shuffle.  However, Deadeye Glaucoma (good grief), the villain of the piece and Tootsie's suitor is not too impressed and pulls a gun on Slick.

Slick suggests that they play cards for Tootsie instead and soon wins the first hand, at which point Tootsie takes off her stockings.

The villain is none too impressed with the strangers continuing winning ways, especially as every time Slick wins a hand Tootsie removes more of her clothes.  He suspects foul play and draws his pistol.

Tootsie kicks the gun up and thereby gives a quick flash of her fur in doing so while the sheriff arrives to corral Deadeye.

All the shots in the pictorial so far have been shot from just two points of view.  A wide angle view of the saloon and a closer shot of the table and the two chairs the card players sit at.  We can't think of another Penthouse pictorial which frames its action in such a limited way.  This was the only Penthouse pictorial by photographer David Deahl who, as a seventeen year old photography student in Iowa, had his first work accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.   A year after this he provided the cover picture for Life magazine's 1978 re-launch as a monthly magazine.  Today he runs a successful advertising commercials film company.

Finally, with Deadeye out the way Slick and Tootsie get it together in the least erotically charged Love Set ever.  It's a shame as the young lady is rather lovely but Deahl obviously had no idea what a Penthouse couples set should be like at  the time and it's no surprise he wasn't invited back.  In fact, with its gurning models this looks much more like some of the "comedy" couples sets being seen in Oui during this period.  Fortunately the next boy/girl set, Sea Song, has a lot more passion.


  1. How funny! Definitely has more of a comedy feel to it.

  2. This reminds of the excellent Sergio Leone parody 'fumetti' that 'Playboy' ran in the early '70's, featuring Tony Randall as an oddly convincing no-name (& written by Harvey Kurtzman).