136 MARYJANE (1968) Fabian stars in legendary Maury Dexter film
stars in Legendary Drive-In Exploitation Film
director: Maury Dexter
starring: Fabian · Diane McBain · Kevin Coughlin · Patty McCormack ·
Michael Margotta · Teri Garr
pop star Fabian plays Phil Blake, a new high school art teacher who
finds himself in trouble with school officials when he foolishly confesses
to having tried pot in his college days. As expected, the stuffy faculty
and the police chief react with horror, letting Phil know they'll be
watching him closely. Meanwhile, Jordan Bates [star football player
and school stud] spends his after-school time as the leader of the "Maryjane"
club. The members wear Maryjane medals (see below center), thus identifying
themselves as the cool kids. There's a geek named Margotta who wants
to join but instead finds trouble.
drive-in hit was written by Hollywood Squares host Peter
Marshall who admittedly had little knowledge of marijuana or the drug
scene in general. Instead, he delivered an updated version of Rebel
Without A Cause with pot substituting for booze.
Maury Dexter started his career as an actor in numerous Three Stooges
shorts in the '40s. By the fifties, he became a B-Director for 20th
Century Fox and delivered 15+ films before his contract was canceled
in 1965. It was then that he and friend George Montgomery went to Europe
where they made the Spaghetti Western Outlaw of Red River (1966).
Maury returned to United States in 1968 to work for Roger Corman's American
International Studios and directed some of that company's most bizarre
exploitation films, including two female-bikers movies The Mini-Skirt
Mob and Hell's Belles. He left Corman in 1976 to join his
friend Michael Landon as a director for most Little House on the
Prairie and Highway to Heaven TV episodes. Landon's
death in 1991 prompted Maury to retire from the business at that time.
American Film in English language; fullscreen format (4:3), Fully uncut
print (93 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American
machine. Extras include theatrical trailer.
For Mature Audiences