Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No One-Sheet, but a Trailer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

In honor of its belated home video release, I searched for evidence of a theatrical one-sheet for Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. I came up empty in that search, but in its place I have a scan of the small ad that New York's Film Forum placed in the Times for the film's week-long run in March of 1985. As has been well-documented in other places, the film was produced by Paramount in 1981 and promptly shelved. It gained a sizable cult audience through screenings on cable outlets such as USA (as part of the channel's Night Flight series). Over the years, there were also occasional film festival screenings. In 1985, the film had its one "official" theatrical release, beginning in New York at the Film Forum and moving onto Chicago's Facets. It had a standard one week engagement at the Film Forum and then a similar engagement at Facets in late April and early May of '85. Since it was such a specialized release, it appears that Paramount did not produce a one-sheet.

Interestingly, Paramount did produce a theatrical trailer (I wonder if it was ever actually used at public screenings in 1981 prior to the film's shelving). It unfortunately does not appear on the new Rhino DVD, but it can be viewed via their website and YouTube. I can only imagine that the exclusion of the trailer on DVD might have something to do with music rights:

In a final twist, at the last moment, Rhino's plans to simultaneously release the soundtrack were scuttled in a rights dispute with Paramount. Rhino had planned a vinyl and digital release. It was up for pre-order on the site and the songs were briefly available for download on Amazon, but quickly taken down. I imagine there's a warehouse full of Fabulous Stains vinyl somewhere. A poster at Home Theater Forum shared this information, which came from a staffer at Rhino, and the word from Paramount is that there will be no subsequent soundtrack release.


J.D. said...

I love Diane Lane and have never seen this film of hers before but heard nothing but good things. I picked up the new DVD but have yet to watch it. I'm also intrigued by the commentary by her and Laura Dern. I really looking forward to this as well.

Ned Merrill said...


I haven't gotten the new DVD yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing the film in better condition than the bootlegged dub I first watched the film on. The commentary is said to be more lively than that of director Lou Adler. FABULOUS STAINS is a choppy film to say the least...there are moments of brilliance, but it's clear that this was a troubled production and that Adler was in over his head. All that being said, it is a vital document of the nascent punk and New Wave scene of the early '80s and its influence on an entire music subculture cannot be understated.

J.D. said...

Yeah, they needed to team Adler up with someone like on the UP IN SMOKE DVD commentary that he did with Cheech Marin. That one was pretty good.

Jake Fogelnest said...

There is a Fabulous Stains one-sheet! I have it! http://jakefogelnest.com/post/13142766257

Ned Merrill said...

Yes, Marc Edward Heuck has also mentioned that he has an original one-sheet! Lucky you (and Marc)!