DEVIL IN MISS JONES

Halloween was always a special holiday for my group of friends. From the early 1970s, we held an annual Halloween party. Each year, we descended on a friend’s parent’s summer house in the Berkshires. The house was not huge, but we were young and found places to sleep, even if it was on the floor or a hammock on the porch.

Those were the days before DVDs or even videotape — long before big screen televisions — so we rented a projector, screen and a movie. The occasion called for a horror movie. We tended to the classics: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman (poor Larry Talbot) … but lacking one of these, any horror movie would do.

It was the centerpiece of our weekend’s entertainment — in addition to the pleasure of getting together to see each other.

The last year we had the party in the mountains, just before most of us got married and settled down, the guys in charge of movie rental were late getting to it. All the familiar films were gone. So, in the spirit of trying something new, they rented “The Devil in Miss Jones.”

It sounded like a horror movie to them. The Devil? Halloween? Right?

Given the audience and our condition — drugs and alcohol flowed freely in those halcyon days of yore — the movie had predictable but hilarious (depending on what you find funny) results. I won’t go into lurid detail, but I think it was our absolutely best ever Halloween party. Subsequent parties became more elaborate. Bigger, almost like virtual reality rides at a theme park.

But the year we watched “The Devil in Miss Jones” brought us closer in ways we would not soon forget. I certainly haven’t, especially since that party was when Garry and I grew really close. Now we are fused at the hip and share those special memories. Do you youngsters ever wonder what grandma and grandpa are giggling about over there on the recliner?

So you see? Things can turn out fine, even when they apparently go awry. Thank you Georgina Spelvin and Harry Reems. It was your finest effort!

16 thoughts on “DEVIL IN MISS JONES

  1. omniclassic May 16, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Wow! I thought I was the only one among us that had ever seen that movie. What was her name.., Gorgina Spelvin, or some such? And a devil she was too. What plot???

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    • Marilyn Armstrong May 16, 2017 / 12:49 am

      You think I actually remember the plot? I think there was one, sort of. Yes. Georgina Spelvin. Harry Reems. Couple of the year!

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    • Garry Armstrong May 16, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Those were the golden days of Adult cinema. Georgina, Harry, Linda, Johnny “Big Wadd” Holmes, Vanessa Del Rio, the iconic Ron Jeremy, Marilyn Chambers (I remember doing a radio interview with Ms. Chambers at Hofstra Radio Station, WVHC-FM. She sat on my lap during the interview. I couldn’t get up for 15 minutes after she left).

      Great juxtaposition of montages.

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      • omniclassic May 16, 2017 / 3:40 pm

        …And you remember all these people.., Wow, Wow and Oh Wow!

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      • omniclassic May 16, 2017 / 7:59 pm

        Sat on your lap? Heck that was a porn flick in and of itself….

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  2. Rick May 16, 2017 / 10:32 am

    It may have been scarier if it starred John Holmes.

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  3. swo8 May 16, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I watched the trailer but that didn’t give out much. Never saw the movie Marilyn. Was it porn? It was so suppose to be a comedy. I think you can watch it on line.
    Leslie

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    • Marilyn Armstrong May 16, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      It was porn, but it was also funny. Of course, compared to most of the stuff online now, not such as big deal as it was way back then. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but it was. That was in the early days of these movies when they still thought they needed a plot or story. Now, I don’t think they worry about it.

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      • swo8 May 16, 2017 / 2:08 pm

        I’ll try to view it later.

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  4. Emilio Pasquale May 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    What a great party that must have been. 🙂 Oh, to be young again!

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