Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy (1976)


This flick is one of the jewels in Bill Osco’s crown.  ALICE was released as an X-rated spoof which was re-released with an R-rating with just three minutes being cut.  This is a review of the R rated version originally brought to us on DVD by Code Red Releasing.   This movie is shockingly decent especially for an R-rated sex comedy with ridiculous songs.  Roger Ebert even “found it a pleasant surprise” and gave it 2 & 1/2 stars.  The acting ranges from good to OK with no one leaving the viewer groaning unintentionally…

Kristine DeBell plays the virginal librarian Alice who seems to fend off the advances of gas station attendant, William, on a daily basis.  In a fit of dizziness Alice encounters the White Rabbit (Larry Gelman) who leads her to Wonderland.  Once there Alice is steadily led down a path of sexual awakening. Starting out by being licked dry after roaming in a wet sheet for awhile for the audience…the cats didn’t have a towel, a hotel stole it you see.  She encounters the Mad Hatter who presents his piece for her oral exploration.  Its not his hat size that he wears so he claims.  She also sees the hijinks of characters such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum the brother and sister who shouldn’t and Humpty Dumpty who fell and broke his ding-a-ling.  I shit you not.  This is a bit humorous in an absurdist fashion.  It culminates with a court orgy and Alice being found guilty and is punished by having to spend the evening with the Queen of Hearts who runs around in nothing but garters for the whole film.  

The flick is packed with many attractive actors, some from the “other” Hollywood, and is headed by the beautiful Kristine DeBell.  The comedy still works and the songs are a lot of fun.  They include titles such as “What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing on a Knight Like This?” “His Ding-A-Ling is Up” and “Cards, Cards, Cards.”  It plays mostly like what you could expect from a 1970s sex musical comedy.  Off the wall and wacky.  Being as short as this cut is it does not have any issues with pacing. The DVD from Code Red also features an interview with Larry Gelman.  

If you are a collector of Code Red or raunchy 70s musicals or a fan of the lovely Kristine DeBell you should definitely check this out.  Otherwise it may not be enough to hold your interest.

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