The Adults Only Movie
KEMO-TV-TV 20, San Francisco
1968 - 1969 or 1970
9:00 PM, Monday
KEMO-TV was pretty daring in its first few years. A couple of years before It's About Sex and Swingle Scene, they ran an "adults only" movie on Monday nights.
I barely recall seeing The Adults Only Movie, though it bewilders me now why I didn't do everything possible to watch it every week. I remember REPULSION, though it must have been a repeat of the premiere airing listed here, as I couldn't get KEMO-TV until late '68 at the earliest. All I remembered of it for years were the hallucination scenes. I also saw Anne Francis play a prostitute, which was a no-brainer for me, as I'd had a huge crush on her since seeing Honey West on network TV during its initial run.
While The Adults Only Movie was promoted with a suggestive wink, the implied promise of nudity or sexual explicitness was unfulfillable by FCC standards of the time. What would-be voyeurs got instead was a series of European art films - works by Bergman, Polanski, Vadim and others - which were rightly "adult" in the sense of "mature" rather than merely salacious. I can't think of another instance of regularly scheduled art films on commercial broadcast TV. (Film Odyssey arrived a few years later on non-commercial PBS affiliate KQED.)
Ads for The Adults Only Movie ran during Shock-It-To-Me Theater and reruns of Medic, a very strange show which I only ever recall seeing on KEMO-TV.
AND GOD CREATED WOMAN is available on DVD in a beautiful widscreen transfer from Criterion. REPULSION has been released on Region 2 PAL by Anchor Bay U.K. as part of a boxed set of Polanski's early work. The box, which also contains KNIFE IN THE WATER, CUL-DE-SAC, and the collected shorts, is available in the USA from our friends at Xploited Cinema.