Russ Meyer

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer had been bringing to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.

Film Info

  • Russ Meyer
  • United States
  • 1970
  • 109 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #836

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin
  • New interview with filmmaker John Waters
  • Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer
  • Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read; and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare
  • Interview with cast members from 2005
  • Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley; Look On Up at the Bottom; The Best of Beyond; Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny and excerpts from a 1970 account in the UCLA Daily Bruin of a visit to the film’s set
    New cover by Jim Rugg

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin
  • New interview with filmmaker John Waters
  • Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer
  • Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read; and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare
  • Interview with cast members from 2005
  • Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley; Look On Up at the Bottom; The Best of Beyond; Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny and excerpts from a 1970 account in the UCLA Daily Bruin of a visit to the film’s set
    New cover by Jim Rugg

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Cast
Dolly Read
Kelly Mac Namara
Cynthia Myers
Casey Anderson
Marcia McBroom
Petronella Danforth
John LaZar
Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell
Michael Blodgett
Lance Rocke
David Gurian
Harris Allsworth
Edy Williams
Ashley St. Ives
Erica Gavin
Roxanne
Phyllis Davis
Susan Lake
Harrison Page
Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod
Porter Hall
Jim Iglehart
Randy Black
Charles Napier
Baxter Wolfe
Henry Rowland
Otto
Princess Livingston
Matron
Stan Ross
Disciple
Lavelle Roby
Vanessa
Angel Ray
Girl in tub
Veronica Erickson
Blonde date
Haji
Cat Woman
Karen Smith
Redhead
Sebastian Brook
Art director
Bruce V. McBroom
Photographer
Ian Sander
Boy in tub
Koko Tani
Assistant
Samantha Scott
Cynthia
Tea Crawford
Kathy Page
Heath Jobes
Makeup man
John Logan
Escort
Susan Reed
Fashion model
Robin Bach
Gay boy
Ceil Cabot
Mother
And the Strawberry Alarm Clock
Credits
Director
Russ Meyer
Produced by
Russ Meyer
Screenplay by
Roger Ebert
Story by
Roger Ebert
Story by
Russ Meyer
Associate producers
Red Hershon
Associate producers
Eve Meyer
Fashions by
De Gra of California by David Hayes
Makeup supervision
Dan Striepeke
Makeup
Bill Buell
Hairstyling
Edith Lindon
Property master
Syd Greenwood
Director of photography
Fred J. Koenekamp
Art directors
Jack Martin Smith
Art directors
Arthur Lonergan
Set decoration
Walter M. Scott
Set decoration
Stuart A. Reiss
Special photographic effects
Jack Harmon
Assistant to the producer
Manny Diez
Film editors
Dann Cahn
Film editors
Dick Wormell
Unit production manager
Norman Cook
Assistant directors
David Hall
Assistant directors
C. E. Dismukes
Sound
Richard Overton
Sound
Don Minkler
Music
Stu Phillips
Music supervision
Igo Kantor
Additional music
William Loose
Vocal coordination
Lynn Carey
Music editor
Robert Simard

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Oct 27, 2016
The Back Lot of Beyond
The Back Lot of Beyond

This account of a visit to the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls set is excerpted from an issue of the University of California, Los Angeles, newspaper.

By Stan Berkowitz

On Film / Features — Oct 4, 2016
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”

“King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer injects his transgressive exuberance into this big-studio send-up of Hollywood debauchery.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays — Sep 28, 2016
John Waters Goes Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
John Waters Goes Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

The “Pope of Trash” himself discusses his love for Russ Meyer’s signature style and the original music and retro visuals of his 1970 cult sensation.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Sep 28, 2016