The Gay Deceivers (1969)

Fifty-three years ago today, the film The Gay Deceivers premiered in Atlanta and San Francisco. It is very very gay, super-gay. Calling it camp is downplaying it a little, I think. The entire film is attached below.

Title: The Gay Deceivers
Directed by: Bruce Kessler
Produced by: Joe Solomon
Written by: Jerome Wish
Story by: Gil Lasky and Abe Polsky
Starring: Kevin Coughlin, Brooke Bundy, Lawrence P. Casey, Jo Ann Harris, Michael Greer
Music by: Stu Phillips
Cinematography: Richard C. Glouner
Edited by: Reg Browne and Renn Reynolds
Distributed by: Fanfare Films Inc.
Release date: July 2, 1969
Running time: 97 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

The Gay Deceivers follows Danny and Elliot, two friends who try to get out of the draft by pretending to be gay. They’re placed under surveillance by the Army and have to keep up the pretense. They move into a gay apartment building and try to blend in with the residents, all the while trying to maintain their romantic relationships with women and not get caught by the Army.

The twist is that even after the pair are caught, they are not inducted into the military. The Army investigators assigned to watch them are themselves gay and are trying to keep straight people out of the Army.


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