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                       El Paso Wrecking Corp.


                 Written October 1977, this feature essay was published in
                 Drummer 19, December 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written April 18, 1998
                 II.  The feature essay as published in Drummer 19,
                    December 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations


             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                April 18, 1998

                            How Movies Shaped Drummer

             Written October 1977, this tiny feature essay was published in Drum-
             mer 19 (December 1977) because Drummer readers loved movies and
             Drummer created itself publishing photographs from movies, as well as
             printing movie reviews and erotic scripts for plays and films. (For film list,
             see below. For plays, see entry for Crimes Against Nature, Drummer 20,
             January 1978.) When Drummer was new, Ed Franklin was the monthly
             movie reviewer (1976-1978), and Allen Eagles’ on-going column “Movie
             Mayhem,” detailing the history of S&M in Hollywood movies, debuted
             in Drummer 8 (August 1976).
                I was eager to showcase in Drummer the filmmaking Gage Brothers
             who were a perfect fit with their homomasculine trilogy: Kansas City
             Trucking Co. (1976), El Paso Wrecking Corp. (1978), and L.A. Tool and
             Die (1979). The Gages were narrative story tellers of episodic sex featur-
             ing the picaresque escapades of actors like Jack Wrangler and the mature
             Richard Locke who was Drummer’s first “Daddy” — at age 37! In content
             and style, the Gage mise en scene embraced technique, material, eros, and
             casting that were a revelation embraced by fans of the new genre of homo-
             masculine action movies.
                There is a back story of how the Gage Brothers arrived on the film
             scene, and there is a back story of how cinema built an audience for Drum-
             mer.



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