The Cockettes in the Palace : a film

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Additional title: Tricia's Wedding
Additional title: Elevator Girls in Bondage
Lester, Mark L. (Mark Leslie), 1946- (Author)
Ritz, Kreemah (Author)
Paltridge, James (Composer)
Thunes, Derek (Composer)
Thunes, Derek (Lyricist)
Kalmen, Michael, 1943-2003 (Director)
Kalmen, Michael, 1943-2003 (Author)
Runyon, Scott (Director)
Dutton, Syd (Director)
Worman, Martin (Performer)
Ritz, Kreemah (Performer)
Larrence, Reid (Performer)
McGowan, Johnny (Performer)
Missabu, Rumi (Performer)
Cameron, Bobby, (Actress) (Performer)
Glitters, Goldie (Performer)
Arnold, Steven (Performer)
Bourquin, Frank (Performer)
Condition, Pristine (Performer)
Dawn, Dusty (Performer)
Dunnigan, Anton (Performer)
Flowers, John, 1949-2005 (Performer)
Gómez, Marta, (Actress) (Performer)
Kilo, Chris (Performer)
Koldewyn, Richard, 1945- (Performer)
Lyons, Michael, (Actor) (Performer)
Martin, Link (Performer)
Olds, Marshall (Performer)
Rothermel, John (Performer)
Sadler, Lendon (Performer)
Shane, Michael (Performer)
Tent, Pam (Performer)
Walden, Steven, (Actor) (Performer)
Ware, Daniel (Performer)
Webster, Roger, (Actor) (Performer)
Sweet, Toots (Performer)
Kalmen, Michael, 1943-2003 (Lyricist)
Greene, Luther (Producer)
Paltridge, James (Producer)
Lester, Mark L. (Mark Leslie), 1946- (Producer)
Aratow, Paul (Cinematographer)
Cockettes (Theatrical troupe) (Performer)
Kalmen, Michael, 1943-2003 (Performer)
Sylvester, 1947-1988 (Performer)
du Plenty, Tomata (Performer)
Patteson, Robert (Author)
Hibiscus (Performer)
Sebastian, 1935- (Director)
Sebastian, 1935- (Author)
Sebastian, 1935- (Performer)

Martin Worman audiovisual collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1970 - 1972 (Approximate)
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LDV 2055
Shelf locator: *LVH 2762
Cox, Patricia Nixon, 1946- -- Marriage -- Parodies, imitations, etc.
Cox, Edward Finch, 1946- -- Marriage -- Parodies, imitations, etc.
Drag shows
Gay theater -- California -- San Francisco
Weddings -- Humor
Parodies, imitations, etc
Subculture films
Documentary films
Filmed performances
Motion pictures
Content: Three separate films in one video.
Content: Includes obscene language, nudity, simulated drug use and sexual situations.
Creation/production credits: The Cockettes in the Palace: "Special thanks to Bill Fischer [cameraman], Peter Saunders [and] Luther Greene, sound mix-street studios; An Evergreen Film presented by Grove Press"--Videotape title card.
Creation/production credits: Tricia's Wedding: "Nocturnal Dream Shoes and Mark Lester presents The Cockettes in 'Tricia's Wedding'...for Divine"--Videotape title card.
Creation/production credits: Elevator Girls in Bondage: "Elevator Girls in Bondage II © 1986 [original film issued in 1972]; A Buffalo Picture; all rights reserved"--Videotape title card.
Creation/production credits: The Cockettes in the Palace: Scott Runyon and Syd Dutton, directors. Tricia's Wedding: Mark Lester, producer; Sebastian (born Milton Miron), Harold Thunderpussy (Kreemah Ritz) and Robert Patteson, authors; Paul Aratow, cinematographer; Sebastian, director. Elevator Girls in Bondage: James Paltridge and Luther Greene, producers; Michael Kalmen, author and director; Derek Thunes and James Paltridge, composers; Derek Thunes and Michael Kalmen, lyricists.
Performers: The Cockettes in the Palace: Various performers ; featuring Hibiscus (born George Edgerly Harris III), Sylvester (born Sylvester James, Jr.), Martin Worman, Kreemah Ritz (born Darryl Simmonds), Reid Larrance ; Johnny McGowan, Rumi Missabu and Bobby Cameron.
Performers: Tricia's wedding: Sebastian (Hurtme O. Hurtme, the television correspondent) ; Goldie Glitters (Tricia Nixon, the bride); Steven Arnold (Joan Kennedy); Frank Bourquin (Mrs. Cox, Sr.); Bobby Cameron (Patricia Nixon); Pristine Condition (Rose Kennedy); Dusty Dawn (Julie Nixon Eisenhower); Tomata Du Plenty (Hazel the Maid); Anton Dunnigan (Eartha Kitt); John Flowers (Phyllis Diller); Marta Gómez (Indira Gandhi); Chris Kilo (Rev. Billy Graham); Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn (Pope Paul VI); Michael Lyons (Prince Charles); Link Martin (Madame Nu); Johnny McGowan (Jackie Onassis/Bridesmaid); Marshall Olds (Edward Cox, the groom); Kreemah Ritz (President Nixon); John Rothermel (Mamie Eisenhower); Lendon Sadler (Mahalia Jackson/Bridesmaid); Michael Shane (Lady Bird Johnson); Sylvester (Coretta Scott King/Delegate from Uma Guma); Pam Tent (Golda Meir/Bridesmaid); Steven Walden (Queen Elizabeth II/Bridesmaid); Daniel Ware (Martha Mitchell); Roger Webster (David Eisenhower); Martin Worman (Sen. George Murphy); with other unidentified performers.
Performers: Elevator Girls in Bondage: featuring Toots Sweet (Alice); Kreemah Ritz (Bald-headed Sally); Bobby Cameron (Cynthia Bandler); Hibiscus (Angel of Light); Michael Kalmen (Bun E. Hug); Reid Larrance (Rita La Rantz); Johnny McGowan (Trish); Rumi Missabu (Maxine).
Venue: Original motion pictures re-recorded on videotape. San Francisco, California October 1970 (Cockettes in the Palace); 1971 (Tricia's Wedding); 1972 (Elevator Girls in Bondage).
Acquisition: Separated from; Billy Rose Theatre Division, Martin Worman papers, 1960-2008, *T-Mss 2009-002.
Acquisition: Gift; Dorothy Kirsch and Robert Croonquist, December 2008.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (123 min., 33 sec.) : sound, color and black and white ;1/2 in.
The first video, "The Cockettes in the Palace" is a raw black and white documentary film of one of the Nocturnal Dream shows at the Palace, "Les Ghouls", a Halloween-themed Cockette show which was held in October 1970. Most of the film shows the performers getting ready backstage, also includes a parody of the 1935 film "Bride of Frankenstein", and an unidentified performer, possibly Rumi Missabu, parodying Mick Jagger onstage singing "Jumping Jack Flash" (0:00-24:22). In the second video, "Tricia's Wedding" (1971), the Cockettes reenact Tricia Nixon's wedding to Edward Cox on June 11, 1971. Hurtme O. Hurtme, television correspondent, covers the wedding and interviews faux celebrities in attendance (24:23-56:47). The last video, "Elevator Girls in Bondage" (1972), is a cult classic film; the Cockettes depict workers and guests in a hotel during the depression of 1971-1972, and the elevator girls, tired of being marginalized by low pay and misogyny, take action and decide to go on strike, with dire consequences (56:48-1:53:10). The last part of the video is an excerpted reprise of "The Cockettes in the Palace" (1:53:11-2:03:33).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 908648930
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20136509
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bc2deac0-e42d-0135-6233-1f61dcbbc9f4
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  • 1970: Created (Approximate)
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
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The Cockettes in the Palace