Adam Film World Guide in 1984: Last Hurrah of the Golden Age

Adam Film World Guide in 1984: Last Hurrah of the Golden Age

In 1981, the prolific Knight Publishing company started to publish a series of trade-publications for the adult film industry. Intended to be guides for the retailer and consumer alike, they provided detailed guides of the availability of adult films. The publications were issued under the banner of the long-standing Adam Film World magazine, and had a variety of names – including XXX Movie Illustrated, Directory of Adult Films, Porn Star Annual, Annual Guide to X-Rated Movies and Video, and X-Rated Movie Handbook.

The 1984 Adam Film World Guides are a who’s who of the Golden Age of adult film – and feature stars including Georgina Spelvin, R. Bolla, Kay Parker, Veronica Hart, and John Leslie. In the words of Kent Smith, the main editor:

This Directory contains reviews of nearly 300 top adult movies… Everyone naturally has his or her special interests as far as sex goes, which is why we have broken down each of the reviews into various categories. We have listed the major stars, the director, and our ratings of the basic aspects of the film. 

Another feature of this Directory is the inclusion of the entire catalogs of the major videotape companies, giving the reader not only a wider range of films to study and select, but also the addresses where the tapes of your choice can be purchased. As far as we know, this combination has not yet appeared elsewhere in any book or magazine format, thus making this Directory both unique and extremely helpful to fans of erotic film and video.

In this Rialto Report, we say goodbye to beginning of the end of the Golden Age era as we share digitized issues of all five Adam Film World Guides from 1984, and make way for video vixens like Christy Canyon, Ginger Lynn, Barbara Dare, and Amber Lynn.

You can find The Rialto Report‘s ever growing library of digitized resources by clicking Library in the menu.

Click on the covers below to access the full magazines. Due to the fact that the magazines are scanned in high definition, allow a little time for each page to load. If you are viewing on a phone, view in landscape orientation.


Adult Film World Guides: 1984

February 1984 – Vol 1, No 11
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Devil in Miss Jones, Part II
Sex Games
Between Lovers


1984 Directory – Vol 1, No 12
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-300 adult film reviews
-Profiles of stars and crew including Gerard Damiano, Marilyn Chambers, Samantha Fox, Sharon Kane, and Sharon Mitchell
-Ads for all the major videocassette distributors


May 1984 – Vol 2, No 1
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Porn Star Annual, featuring:
Hyapatia Lee interview
Joanna Storm
Shauna Grant
Michael Morrison interview
Hershel Savage
Constance Money interview


August 1984 – Vol 2, No 2
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Susie Superstar
The Young Like It Hot
The Devil in Miss Jones Part II
The 8th Annual Erotica Awards
Dark Brothers interview
-X-rated movie year in review
-Best performers and sex scenes


November 1984 – Vol 2, No 3
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-100 top films illustrated
-Performer directory
-X-rated film directory
-Top directors
-Guide to manufacturers



  1. Karl Chambers · October 22, 2023 Reply

    The service you provide to fans, researchers, and interested parties is second to none. All free of charge. Thank you for this tremendous asset.

  2. Steven · October 22, 2023 Reply

    Score!! Thank YOU of for this consistently amazing content – almost 11 years now and counting.

    THIS is the golden age of THE RIALTO RPEORT, and we are lucky to be living it.

  3. Leej · October 22, 2023 Reply

    Another fine post by Rialto Report. Is there an archive of Screw anywhere.

  4. J. Walter Puppybreath · October 22, 2023 Reply

    Outstanding (as always), RR!

  5. Jeff Robertson · October 22, 2023 Reply

    Awesome Article I Like John Holmes And Peter North Iconic Pop Culture From The 70s 80s And Early 90s Golden Age Of Sexploitation Keep Up Good Work

  6. waldo · October 22, 2023 Reply

    Incredible resource. Many thanks. As always, great job.

  7. Jeff C. · October 22, 2023 Reply

    That is a very striking photograph of Lisa Deleeuw, obviously taken at the beginning of her adult career. She still had a youthful look. Watching her films from the early 1980s, she seems older than she actually was. It’s strange to think about her reaching retirement age now. The death of Herschel Savage last week is yet another reminder that the remaining industry participants of that time are not young. Here’s to wishing she will give an interview some day.

    Looking through the directory, it is clear that this was published at the end of the theatrical era of adult films. Soon the videotape era would begin, and the number of films being produced exploded. Keeping track of releases during that period must have been a challenge.

    Thank you so much for a decade of fascinating stories. A question for The Rialto Report: Is there a general cutoff date that you do not do research beyond? Also, have you ever re-interviewed people that were featured in past podcasts and articles? Many are stretching back to close to a decade now.

  8. James Avalon · October 24, 2023 Reply

    Excellent post! And big thanks to Ashley and April of The Rialto Report for their dedication to the history of porn films.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the the Adult Film Guides I had spend months working on have been fully digitized, and available to the public. It was a fascinating time before the internet, before Google. Everything was analog–shot on film, photos were all film, mostly chromes (slides), audio was recorded on tape. And if you wanted to read a review or get information on anything, you had to actually look at a magazine or newspaper. And publishing anything about porn was not widely done at that point in time.

    So when the 1984 Directory of Adult Films came out, it was a huge success. And from what the publishers told me it was the first printing they ever did that was completely sold out, with 0 returns. And they had been in business since the 1950s. (Check out the related post: Film World Guides from 1982.)

    Thanks for the hard work and dedication.

    –Kent Smith aka James Avalon

  9. Norman · May 4, 2024 Reply

    My first published work was the interview with my buddy Shanna Mcullough in Adam Film World.

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