Feb 13, 2016
Oh, Calcutta!: The First Nudie Musical
In case you are wondering, the title comes from the French phrase "O quel cul t'as!", "What a nice butt you have!"
Notice what's missing?
Right -- no gay people, no reference to same-sex desire or behavior of any sort.
In the end, for its pretense of controversy, Oh! Calcutta! preaches the heteronormative message of boys and girls gazing into each other's eyes.
Still, it's an interesting study of mainstream resistance to changing sexual mores, with an amazing amount of full-frontal male nudity.
But the most famous was certainly Bill Macy, who played the husband of the "uncompromisin', enterprisin', anything but tranquilizin'" Maude (future Golden Girl Bea Arthur) from 1972 to 1978. When I was in high school, we whispered that he had been a "porn star" and watched hoping to get a glimpse of his superheroic endowment. Unfortunately, we never saw anything.
In 1976, The First Nudie Musical appeared, with lots more 1970s tv stars.