|About the Book|
I knew that someday I would have to write this book, before the fan-magazine fiction became truth and the myth became history. The only problem is that yesterday I did not know that I would be starting today.Thus, in 1970, narrator Walter SheltonMoreI knew that someday I would have to write this book, before the fan-magazine fiction became truth and the myth became history. The only problem is that yesterday I did not know that I would be starting today.Thus, in 1970, narrator Walter Shelton began PICTURE.BOOK--the story behind the production of the most controversial motion picture of a generation, including selected portions of the script, media coverage, and a transcript of the celebrated 1959 Court proceeding.It all started as a ploy to meet a girl he spotted in a restaurant (Have you ever thought about being in the movies?) and Shelton and a couple of friends--with no experience, no training, and some serendipitous funding--made a full-length commercial movie. About a neophyte prostitute.An ambitious District Attorney, seeking elevation to Mayor, illegally seized the film as obscene (it was not) and by so doing, gave it so much publicity that it became, perhaps, the most profitable movie of modern times. And it turned a 19-year-old beauty into a reluctant full-fledged Hollywood movie star. Four years later, ran away and went into hiding while Shelton found his own emotional security as a college professor.Call this, the story of star-crossed lovers who arent quite sure, how to get it right.Other players in this satirical romantic comedy:The pampered rich-kid who owned a church.The bartender who managed a string of hookers--and taught the moviemakers the tricks of that trade.The prostitute whose layaway plan was a boon to indigent customers.The Arthur Murray instructor turned beauty-pageant contestant: My talent was singing with a little dance step thrown in, because of the Arthur Murray. And to help show the judges how sensible I was, besides just talented, I made my own costume.Read on!