We review the birth of Adam Film World Guide magazine, and the life of Kent Smith, the engine behind the specialty guides.
The true story behind the enigmatic movie, featuring Desiree Cousteau, John Leslie, and Jack Wrangler, is finally revealed.
Charles DeSantos was a unique filmmaker, and enjoyed one of the longest careers in the golden age of adult film.
Previously unseen behind-the-scenes photographs and unpublished candid memories from those who made the film.
Randy Paul, adult film star from the 1980s and 1990s in straight and gay, XXX and fetish films, has passed away. We were fortunate to know him, and interviewed him this year.
We look at the evolution of Adam Film Quarterly by comparing the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
Kathy Harcourt appeared in 1980s adult films. Then she was found dead in mysterious circumstances.
We look back at ‘Adult Cinema Review’ magazine in 1983, including newly digitized copies of each magazine.
How Misty Blue Simmes – a top female wrestler in the 80s – also appeared in adult films.
Richard Milner was ubiquitous on the adult film scene of the late 1970s/early 1980s. These are some of his photographic memories.
John Buco, star of Water Power and stalwart adult film actor from the early years of the XXX industry, tells his story.
The concluding episode of the podcast detailing the Traci Lords scandal of the mid 1980s.
Stag magazine became a journal of sorts for the XXX film business.
Traci Lords as the key to pop culture in the late 20th and early 21st century.
Excerpts from legendary filmmaker John Amero’s autobiography American Exxxtacy which is published this month.
The mystery is (maybe) solved. And we hear from 1985 Traci.
Jim South, the most famous agent for adult film stars, died this weekend. With him, dies a part of the golden age of adult film.
We return to the Valley, and it looks a whole lot different this time around.
Meet Troy Matherly, the heart of this story, of Nora’s and Traci’s story.
We leave the Valley and Traci Lords behind; go back to Redondo Beach to find Nora Kuzma.
If you haven’t heard of Joseph Stryker, you’ll know the places he worked as a live sex show performer.
The adult industry is screwed. Who’s doing the screwing?
An investigation concerning the suspected interstate transportation of pornography in 1973-74.
The only thing wilder than Traci on camera, is Traci off camera. Also: Traci gets a rival; Traci gets busted.
On this 100th podcast, we feature behind-the-scenes stories, highlights, and interview clips from the last 99 episodes.
Traci goes from adult model to adult actress to adult phenomenon. But the biggest star in Adult, isn’t one.
AVN was important in the history of the golden age of adult films. It started as an 8-page newsletter, it became a glossy magazine.
‘Once Upon a Time…in the Valley’, a new podcast series co-produced and co-presented by Ashley West.
A new podcast series about the roaring 1980s XXX world, when Traci Lords reigned supreme. The world’s first real-life porno-noir mystery.
Golden age pioneer Jon Martin shares his memories of San Francisco – ground zero for the adult film business.
Angel Kelly, the golden age superstar of adult films and the stripping circuit, discusses performing, Pink Ladies and Tupac Shakur.
Ginger Lynn was more than just a star of adult films: she was a brand in her own right. What’s more, Ginger incorporated herself, as Ginger Pix.
Who was responsible for High Society in its early years, after Gloria Leonard took over as publisher?
Adult industry star Randy Paul talks about his adult film career – alternating between California and New York, straight and gay, standard and fetish movies.
Amber Lynn is the perfect example of the adult film video vixen in all her glory. Back in the 1980s, she was the face of the new VHS era in adult film.
Legendary filmmaker John Amero’s autobiography is now available.
‘Erotic Film Guide’ (1982 – 2006) was one of the longest-running and most colorful magazines to cover XXX.
We look back at the controversies behind the XXX movies, ‘Little Orphan Dusty’ and ‘Taxi Girls’.
The Rialto Report has always been intrigued by the little-known but well-made New York adult film ‘Alexandra’ (1983)
Samantha Fox, iconic actress from the golden age of adult film, passed away on April 22, 2020 at the age of 69. We remember her life and accomplished career.
We look back at ‘Porn Stars’ magazine in 1983, with an issue-by-issue guide, including newly digitized copies of each magazine.
Claire Wilbur was one of the few performers to go from adult industry notoriety to Hollywood recognition.
Marv Lincoln single-handedly created the template for the adult film magazine business.
Mary Stuart appeared in a 8mm loop in 1973 in which she was slapped: what happened to her after this, and was there any truth to the rumors?
We look at the life of Bill Rotsler and Adam Film World, with digitized copies of all 1975 magazines.
The life and adult film career of Avon director Joe Davian has been shrouded in mystery since he disappeared in 1981. Who was he?
We re-publish monthly bulletins and convention brochures relating to the Adult Film Association of America (AFAA).
Randy Spears talks about how he makes sense of his multi-decade adult career before he became a devout Christian.
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Cheri’ – and re-publish all the issues published in 1978.
Jamie Gillis died ten years ago this week. We remember when he was arrested for murder – twice.
The Daily Beast republishes a Rialto Report story: the remarkable story of Avon film director Phil Prince.
‘Deep Sleep’ (1972): How a Suburban Porno Set Off a Massive Federal Witch Hunt – Podcast 52 (reprise)
In 1972, Alfred Sole, a first time filmmaker, made an X-rated film.
We look back at the history of the east coast publication ‘Video X’ – and we re-publish all the issues published in 1981.
After last week’s podcast, we’re pleased to present previously unpublished photos and documents from Pat Barrington’s records.
The wild tale of sexploitation films, a serial killer, go-go dancing, sexual assault, nude modeling, Sam Fuller.
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Adult Cinema’ by re-publishing all the issues published in 1982.
Kelly Nichols talks about her two careers in the adult film industry: as an acting star, and then as a film makeup artist.
Previously unpublished photographs of Tiffany Clark from a Christmas Stag magazine shoot in 1982. Happy holidays to all our friends.
Previously unseen photographs from the legendary stage show at New York’s Melody Burlesk, featuring Serena and Lesllie Bovee.
George McDonald, perhaps the first male star of the adult film industry, died yesterday in California. He was 70 years old. We remember him.
The Tale of Tiffany Lust is one of the more enigmatic adult films made in New York – yet boasts some of the most famous names of the era.
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Porn Stars’ by re-publishing all the issues published in 1982 in full.
A detailed look into the 1981 film, Centerfold Fever, with one of the best casts in XXX history.
John Stagliano, godfather of the gonzo genre, talks about his eventful life and career – including Buttman, Evil Angel and more.
Edwin Meese, 1980s pornography scourge, is in the news again.
We look back at the west coast publication Adam Film World by reviewing all the issues published in 1981.
Candy Samples, who enjoyed a long career as a hugely popular model in men’s magazines and adult films, passed away this week.
Tim Connelly was a drummer who rubbed shoulders with Patti Smith and the Ramones – and a hugely colorful career in the adult industry.
Mike Horner shares how he went from being a shy Catholic boy from suburbia to becoming one of adult film’s most prolific performers.
Wendy O. Williams, Monica Kennedy, and Rod Swenson: Part 2.
Monica Kennedy and Wendy O. Williams’ story.
Henri Belolo, the music producer who created a disco hit for adult actor, Wade Nichols, passed away at his home in Paris this week.
We piece together his last year before his tragic accident in 1977.
We speak with Gloria Leonard about High Society and how she became the magazine’s ‘publisher’.
San Francisco, 1979: Four people’s lives converged for an intense few months in an apartment on Polk Street. This is what happened.
For the 50th anniversary of the filming of Radley Metzger’s The Lickerish Quartet, we visited the castle where the movie takes place.
Radley Metzger’s last film was shelved, never released, and doesn’t appear on his filmography.
We look back at the first year of Cinema Blue magazine – and speak to its editor, Joyce James.
The untold story of an Oscar-winning director, a sex film actress, a mobster who revolutionized the distribution of pornography, and a photographer.
The Rialto Report was due to start a spring vacation today – but we came across unpublished photographs of 1970s adult film actress, Serena, from 1976.
The Daily Beast publishes our article about the making of ‘Deep Sleep’.
Christy Canyon talks about her life as a pioneering performer at start of the video age of adult films.
After flourishing in its first year, Cinema-X Review came to an abrupt end in 1981. How did it end?
We’re proud to announce that The Rialto Report’s recent Daily Beast article, ‘Centurians of Rome’, has been acquired for a feature film.
An extract from the unpublished biography of the film’s director, Gerard Damiano, plus four books about the film – and Bill O’Reilly.
Jim Holliday published two books that were among the first to place the golden age of adult film in a historical context.
An issue-by-issue guide to the second year of Cheri magazine – with all issues fully digitized.
The Rialto Report was sad to hear of the recent closure of Le Beverley, the last surviving adult cinema in Paris. The theater first opened in 1960.
Mary Stuart featured in many adult films, before disappearing amid rumors of abuse. We set out to to piece together her eventful life.
Ken Scudder passed away recently. We remember his life as a prolific, and enigmatic, actor in the San Francisco scene in the 1970s.
Paul Thomas talks about the later part of his life and career as he moves behind the camera.
Paul Thomas talks about the early part of his life and adult film career in a rare interview.
Interviews, film features, articles, and photo sets from the west coast Bible of adult films.
45 vintage adult film star interviews, including C.J. Laing, Terri Hall, Andrea True, Jennifer Welles, Suzanne Fields, Helen Madigan, Armand Weston and many more.
The Rialto Report’s Ashley West joins Veronica Hart, Larry Revene, Rick Marx, and Heather Drain on Mike White’s Projection Booth podcast.
We remember the actor Robert Kerman, also known as R. Bolla, who died this week in New York at the age of 71, by re-visiting our interview with him.
The dramatic story of controversial Avon director, Phil Prince – as told in our podcast (featuring a small amount audio of Phil himself.)
The Rialto Report meets with the elusive maverick, Avon’s notorious director, Phil Prince.
Ambrosia Fox, Velvet Summers, and Cheri Champagne: who were they and where did they come from?
Avon films form the sleaziest chapter of golden age adult films. So who was behind the theater chain?