As part of our ongoing series of podcasts and articles commemorating the pioneering adult film Deep Throat, which was released 50 years ago, Ashley West joined the Projection Booth podcast to consider one of director Gerard Damiano‘s follow-up films, Memories Within Miss Aggie (1974).
Light years away from the comedy of ‘Deep Throat’, ‘Miss Aggie’ tells the story of a troubled spinster named Aggie who lives in isolation with her crippled wheelchair-bound companion Richard. While attempting to remember the exact circumstances about how she and Richard first met, Aggie starts to piece together a true portrait of who and what she really is.
The film was reviewed in the New York Times – rare for an explicit sex film in any era – who also published Damiano’s response to the review. Both the article and response are re-printed below.
‘Miss Aggie’ was also notable in that the two lead roles were non-sexual parts and played by mainstream theatrical actors, Deborah Ashira and Patrick L. Farrelly. A selection of articles about Ashira’s career are re-printed below.
You can hear the full podcast discussion – hosted by Mike White, and including Samm Deighan – here.
‘Memories Within Miss Aggie’ (1974) – Press coverage
Vincent Canby’s notorious review of ‘Memories With Miss Aggie’ in the New York Times:
Gerard Damiano’s reply to the New York Times review of ‘Memories With Miss Aggie’:
Love it when two of my favorite podcasts/podcasters cross-pollinate. A terrific listen and thanks for posting the reviews, articles and interviews.
I can’t think of three people I’d rather hear talk about a Damiano film….: about any film!… than Samm, Mike, and Ashley.
The dream team has produced a fine hour of smart discussion.
This was a lot of fun. All three come form different schools/views of film – especially explicit films. The result is a commentary that should’ve been a commentary on the DVD, which was sadly lack in quality extras.
Superb… and keep this Deep Throat @ 50 content coming.
Awesome Article Keep Up Good work
i am 25 years old I love your podcast. I would love to see more episodes with older black pornstars such as Ebony Ayes or Jeannie Pepper (omg I would die) and even some of the icons of the gay porn industry.
Keep up the good work
Jeannie is deeply underrated. She’s stunning!
Sadly, she went to Europe and got all freaky-deaky.
FYI: did you know she appeared (Stateside) in some Bi-friendly titles?
You rock (as the kids say), RR!
Any movement on my clever idea for a ‘World Modeling’ sign T-shirt? They’d sell out in a flash, I reckon. 😉
I haven’t listened to this or read any of the articles yet but I just wanted to thank you guys for including the ads in with the clippings. I really enjoyed perusing those just now, and look forward to listening.