The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio (1971)

"It's not his nose that grows!"

That was the tagline to director-writer Corey Allen's little sexploitation gem that drew me in years ago, and has made me want to track it down for decades. Now that I have, I can only only give it a positive rap for any readers tonight. While stopping short of explicit sex, The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio delivers on the entertainment front in virtually all areas, and I've become even more of a Dyanne Thorne fan post-viewing. Let's take a look into our peculiar little fairy-tale for adults. Definitely adults!

Creator and Created.

The blonde-wigged, buxotic Ms. Thorne plays "The Fairy Godmother" and she introduces our film, which is only credited as 'Pinocchio', and does an erotic strip as she does it. Nice start. In a fairytale land, we meet the young Gepetta (gorgeous Monica Gayle), a female woodcutter who lives alone. In her loneliness, the virgin Gepetta has carved herself a life-size wooden man, whom she calls Pinocchio. Though he doesn't move one iota, Gepetta and Pinocchio seem to hold conversations, but it could all be in her head. Gepetta puts a heart necklace around Pinocchio and tries to make love to him. Strangely, the experience with the inert dummy is a dissapointment. The nude Gepetta stands the lifeless figure up, and sadly leaves. Who should turn up in the room but the Fairy Godmother, who introduced our film. Pinocchio 'talks' to the beautiful woman as well, so he must have a soul in there somewhere. The Fairy Godmother senses his pain, and offers him life as long as he's good. If he doesn't behave, well, then there'll be problems. Pinocchio agrees. The Fairy Godmother flashes her wand, and first her clothes dissapear. This happens a lot in the film! The second time's the charm, and the wooden statue turns into a handsome living man, played by Alex Roman. Happy that she's done a good deed, the Fairy Godmother vanishes. No sooner does Pinocchio begin to find his bearings, than he turns around to find a dapper little guy wearing a beret, Jo Jo (Eduardo Ranez) in the room with him.

Nude Fairy Godmother.

Jo Jo's a man on mission. He sees the seemingly dim-witted but studly young guy as a potential hit at his bordello, Mabelle's. He explains to Pinocchio that as he and Gepetta are both virgins, he owes it to to his maker/lover to get some experience first. Jo Jo introduces 'Pinocch' to Mabelle herself, the buxom redhead Karen Smith. They try to persuade him to join them at Mabelle's. The Fairy Godmother appears and tries to convince Pinocchio to stay and make love to Gepetta. She tries to hit him with a 'freeze' charm buts ends up naked again. Pinocchio gives chase to Dyanne, and we get a comic montage of the both-naked pair running around the streets in fast-motion. Finally the Fairy Godmother brings her wand under control and freezes Pinocchio, reminding him to only go to Gepetta when he 'un-freezes' in the morning. Later, Mabelle and Jo Jo discover the motionless man and looking under his coat, realises what a stud he truly is. Jo Jo draws's Pinocchio's attention to Mabelle's obvious charms, and he soon un-freezes, dazedly following the pair into the bordello. The naive young hunk is a hit with Mabelle and is soon having sex with her. Mabelle throws Gepetta's locket into a box with her other jewellery. The well-hung fellow leaves Mabelle in a dazed, euphoric state and has soon worked his way through all the girls. As Jo Jo surveys the aftermath, the bordello is wall-to-wall dazed naked women. One is even hanging from the rafters! Jo Jo leaps for joy.

Hanging from the rafters!

Pinocchio tries to leave for Gepetta again, but Jo Jo and Mabelle convinces him to gain just a little more experience. They bring him into a room with some naked, unconquerable lesbians who are going at it. One of them happens to be Uschi Digard, in a ten second cameo. The lesbians throw him across a room a few times, but the crowd soon cheers as Pinocchio wins them over and turns it into a threesome. Jo Jo then persuades the hunk to stay and work for him, as being a proper couple with Gepetta will require money. Of course, working for Jo Jo means servicing female customers. We see Pinocchio knowing several women in the biblical sense, which is accompanied practically by an earthquake each time. Under the pretext of becoming 'famous', Pinocchio is lured to a sexual marathon that night at the bordello. Each nude woman rises to the podium as if it's a boxing round, but as he can never tire, Pinocch always prevails. The Fairy Godmother appears mid-copulate and warns Pinocch that something bad is going to happen. Pinocchio won't listen. Sure enough, his penis begins to grow to a prodigious size. He runs from the 'tournament' in horror and pleads with the Fairy Godmother to make him normal. She gives him one last chance, and his member is human-size again. Trouble brews again and soon Pinocchio is lured, under the pretext of becoming a real man, to having sex with Mabelle. Now his penis is about ten feet long and has to be held away from his body with an elaborate scarf system! The customers are scared away, but Jo Jo has a last desperate idea, as the huge penis is smashing everything in its path. Pinocchio will be the 'centrepiece" of a decadent Bacchanalian orgy. The customers should come in droves.

Bacchanale gone wrong.

Things don't work quite to plan, though. As the orgy progresses, Pinocchio becomes more and more distressed as drunken revellers throw garlands at him, balance on his penis and generally degrade him. He flees from the Bacchanale and runs into Gepetta, who's being mugged. His penis smashes the muggers away but though Gepetta is thrilled to see him again, Pinocchio runs in shame at what he's become. Gepetta follows the tearful man into the forest, determined to save him from himself. Will love find a way and Pinocchio become a real man?


With cinematography by cult director Ray Dennis Steckler, The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio has a great look to it, even with minimal fairytale sets. Dyanne Thorne is absolutely stunning as the Fairy Godmother, it's something of a credit to her that it's hard to picture this affable, pneumatic woman as the ferocious Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S.! She's only got a few scenes but I was glued to every wand malfunction. Thorne is remembered more as a demented villain with huge breasts, but surely Erotic Adventures puts paid to that as the only memory of her. Gepetta (Monica Gayle) is a nubile feast for the eyes, it's a pity she dissapears for most of the film after the opening scenes, I would have stayed home if I was old Woodenhead! Eduardo Ranez as Jo Jo puts his all into the bronx-accented con-man, and is a pretty sprightly little old guy. Karen Smith as the ditzy, buxom Mabelle is effective in a shrill part, but with her obvious charms I wish she'd gotten her gear off a bit more. Guess Ms. Smith was a bit more demure behind the scenes. Alex Roman as Pinocchio conveys his innocence, lust and despair pretty well - this guy can actually act and the climactic orgy has a surprisingly dark and serious tone compared to the light whimsy of the rest of the film. The redoubtable Uschi Digard appears for a few seconds naked, but I wouldn't push this as an Uschi film. You could blink and miss her. The rest of the women are all stunners, the casting crew certainly got their personnel choices right. The sex scenes fall something short of softcore, but the sheer pulchitrudity of the many participants makes it all quite titillating.

With a few genuine laughs in place - I couldn't help but smile at the hooker hanging from the rafters after a 'session' with Pinocch - I can only rate The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio as a success on its own terms. Even if for only beholding the wonder that is the nude Dyanne Thorne, this one's worth rescuing from obscurity and should be given the full deluxe DVD treatment. Great fun!

© Boris Lugosi, 2007.

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Review written: 08/22/2007 07:50:47