Glitter (1983):
Scenes from an Adult Movie

Glitter (1983): <br/>Scenes from an Adult Movie

In 1983, the New York adult film magazine luminary Peter Wolff sent a note to photographer Bobby Hanson.

Wolff had edited a number of men’s magazines since the early 1970s, most notably Cheri, and was now occupied with his publication Adult Cinema Review – using the pseudonym, Boz Crawford.

Wolff had heard that Roberta Findlay and her partner Walter Sear had flown West Coast starlets Shauna Grant and Rhonda Jo Petty into New York for a short series of adult films.

He’d agreed with Findlay that if he was given free access to the set to take pictures during rehearsals and between takes, he would run a pictorial in his magazine to publicize the films.

But Wolff wanted more than just publicity photos: his instructions to Hanson were clear in a note to the photographer that stated: “I don’t just want a series of pictures that show sex on set. Go further. Get me stuff showing the performers off-guard, candid, rehearsing, or just posing for the camera. I want an impressionistic portrayal of life in adult films. Show me the boredom, exhibitionism, sexual tension! Give me the reality of this surreal world!”

Hanson accepted the job and was on set for the film Glitter (1983). His pictures have been unpublished for over 30 years. They were recently recovered and are presented here for the first time. They reflect the dirt and scratches of having been neglected for decades.

With thanks to Roberta Findlay for the one-sheet artwork.

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‘Glitter’ – Making the One-Sheet

Glitter

 

Glitter

 

Glitter

Publicity stills

Tish AmbroseTish Ambrose

 

Tish Ambrose

 

Tish Ambrose, Glitter

 

Tish Ambrose

 

Tish Ambrose, Glitter

 

Kelly NicholsKelly Nichols

 

Kelly Nichols

 

Jerry ButlerJerry Butler

 

Jerry Butler

 

Jerry Butler

 

Jerry Butler

 

Jerry Butler, Glitter

 

Scene 1 – Tish Ambrose and Jerry Butler

Tish Ambrose, Jerry Butler

 

Tish Ambrose, Glitter

 

Tish Ambrose

 

Scene 2 – Rhonda Jo Petty and Michael Knight

Glitter, Michael KnightMichael Knight (left) and Rhonda Jo Petty (right)

 

Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Rhonda Jo Petty, Glitter

 

Michael Knight, Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Michael Knight, Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Michael Knight

 

Rhonda Jo Petty

 

Rhonda Jo Petty, Glitter

 

Scene 3 – Jerry Butler, Shauna Grant, Michael Knight

Jerry Butler, Michael KnightJerry Butler (left) and Michael Knight (right)

 

Shauna Grant

 

Glitter

 

Scene 4 – Marlene Willoughby

Marlene WilloughbyMarlene Willoughby

 

Marlene Willoughby

 

Marlene Willoughby, Glitter

 

Marlene Willoughby

 

Marlene Willoughby, Glitter

Marlene Willoughby, Glitter

 

Scene 5 – Alexis X, Athena Star, Michael Knight

Michael Knight, Athena StarAlexis X (left), Michael Knight (center), Athena Star (right)

 

Athena Star, Alexis X

 

Athena Star, Alexis X

 

Scene 6 – Kelly Nichols and Michael Knight

Kelly Nichols

 

RR-Glitter-01-01--1a

 

Glitter, Kelly Nichols

 

Scene 7 – Shauna Grant, Tiffany Clark and Jerry Butler

Shauna Grant

 

Shauna Grant

 

Jerry Butler, Shauna Grant

 

Glitter, Jerry Butler

 

Tiffany ClarkTiffany Clark

 

Scene 8 – Shauna Grant and Jerry Butler

Glitter, Shauna Grant

 

Jerry Butler, Shauna Grant

 

Glitter, Shauna Grant

 

Glitter, Shauna Grant

 

Shauna Grant, Jerry Butler

 

Glitter, Shauna Grant

 

Glitter, Shauna Grant

 

Scene 9 – Shauna Grant and Jerry Butler

Jerry ButlerRoberta Findlay shoots Jerry Butler

 

Jerry Butler, Glitter

 

Colleen Applegate

 

Glitter, Colleen Applegate

 

Glitter

 

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12 Comments

  1. Merle G. · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Always entertaining, always illuminating, always real.
    And my, does Tish look as cute as a button here!

  2. Jeff Rankin · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Was Kelly Nichols the most beautiful woman who appeared in adult films…? This certainly provides evidence for the case.

  3. Pat · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Happy Sunday – it’s Rialto Day!

    Seriously what happened to Michael Knight……..? He had the looks, charisma and acting chops to have been a contender, no?

  4. dual · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Waking up Sunday morning to see rare photos of Ms. Shauna Grant. Nothing could be better. Thanks RR.

  5. Rialto Fan · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Not one of Ms. Findlay’s best efforts but it is nonetheless great to see these ‘rescued’ pics bringing the past back into present day focus again. Hard to believe this was over 30 (!!!!!) year ago. Where does the time go?

    Can we expect a Rhonda Jo podcast soon?

  6. Marco · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Glitter was one of Roberta’s better movies.

    Shauna Grant was a beautiful pin-up, but was much more suited for print than on film.

    Seasoned Pros Kelly, Tish and Marlene steal the show away from the much lamented Ms. Grant.

    I agree with the above poster that Michael Knight – he should’ve been a bigger star. He was well-equipped in every way needed in the biz back then.

  7. Jose Verschaffel · May 22, 2016 Reply

    I had the pleasure to work with Trish ,she was a darling on the set and away from it

  8. Cathy Brown · May 22, 2016 Reply

    Beautiful look behind the scenes. Shauna was so lovely…what a shame, what a loss. Good also to see Jerry Butler in his prime.

  9. AlanG · May 23, 2016 Reply

    The Scene 8 images of Shauna Grant are the most tender that I’ve seen. They belie what was going on in her world and the tragedy that was too shortly coming.

  10. J. Walter Puppybreath · May 24, 2016 Reply

    oops..forgot that Sunday around here means The Rialto Report!
    As always, another great glimpse behind the (slightly soiled) curtain.

  11. Bill W. · June 4, 2016 Reply

    Thanks much for digging these up and posting. These make me wish there was a vault somewhere of ‘Behind The Scenes ‘ for most of the Golden Age Films!!!

  12. Rob · June 18, 2016 Reply

    A rare chance to see Roberta at work. I too am surprised that Michael Knight didn’t become a bigger star.

    Jerry Butler was near his best in this, while I think Tish was underrated.

    With thanks for finding these.

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