Maraschino Cherry (film)

Maraschino Cherry is an American hardcore pornographic film and comedy released in 1978. The film was directed by Radley Metzger (as "Henry Paris")[1][2] and filmed in several locations in New York City;[3][4][5][6] it was his fifth and final hardcore film.[4]

Maraschino Cherry
DVD cover
Directed byRadley Metzger
(as "Henry Paris")
Produced byMorton Berman
Written byRadley Metzger
(as "Jake Barnes")
StarringAnnette Haven
C. J. Laing
Constance Money
Eric Edwards
Gloria Leonard
Lesllie Bovee
Michael Gaunt
Susan McBain
Wade Nichols
Music byMusic Sound Track Service
CinematographyChico Carter
Larry Revene (uncredited)
Edited byHarvey Katz
Distributed byMature Pictures Corporation (as Maturpix)
Video-X-Pix (USA)
Release date
October 20, 1978 (USA)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


Maraschino Cherry (Gloria Leonard), the owner of a high-class escort service in New York City, teaches her younger sister Penny Cherry (Jenny Baxter) about the business[3][4] The two sisters reflect on a series of erotic episodes related to the service and its clients.,[4] replete with humorous puns and innuendos.



One film reviewer notes that "[Maraschino Cherry] may not be [Metzger's] finest moment", but that it is "... still a beautifully shot film ... the dialogue is well written, the humor genuinely funny ...".[4] Another reviewer writes, "Most of Metzger’s films are known for their offbeat humor and witty dialog. Maraschino Cherry is filled [with] many amusing comedy set pieces ...".[3]


Maraschino Cherry was released during the Golden Age of Porn (inaugurated by the 1969 release of Andy Warhol's Blue Movie) in the United States, at a time of "porno chic",[7][8] in which adult erotic films were just beginning to be widely released, publicly discussed by celebrities (like Johnny Carson and Bob Hope)[9] and taken seriously by film critics (like Roger Ebert).[10][11]

Remastered version

In 2009, DistribPix released a complete remastering of the film, with the full cooperation of the director.[12] The result had a limited exhibition in theaters, but the main outcome of the project was the first-ever official remastered DVD version.[12] A listing of the music on the film soundtrack was released earlier.[13][14]

Music soundtrack

1."A Man Alone[13][14]"Alan Hawkshaw4:23
2."Disco King"Keith Mansfield3:01
3."Get Ready, Get Set, Fly!"Alan Hawkshaw1:58
4."Hombre Solo"Simon Munting2:08
5."Man Of Means"Alan Hawkshaw3:16
6."Midnight Blue"Simon Benson3:17
7."Night Drive"Simon Benson3:00
8."Private Thoughts"Steve Gray2:16
9."Take It Steady"Brian Bennett2:18
10."Theme Maraschino Cherry"Nick Ingman1:59

See also


  1. Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris". Playboy. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  2. Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  3. Wood, Cliff (February 7, 2010). "Maraschino Cherry (Platinum Elite Collection)". 10kBullets. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  4. The Mooninite (February 25, 2016). "Maraschino Cherry (Platinum Elite Collection 2-Disc Set)". XCritic. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  5. Houston, Don (November 24, 2010). "Maraschino Cherry (Platinum Elite Collection 2-Disc Set)". XCritic. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  6. Staff (2016). "Maraschino Cherry (1978)". IMDb. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  7. Blumenthal, Ralph (January 21, 1973). "Porno chic; 'Hard-core' grows fashionable-and very profitable". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  8. Porno Chic (
  9. Corliss, Richard (March 29, 2005). "That Old Feeling: When Porno Was Chic". Time. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  10. Ebert, Roger (June 13, 1973). "The Devil In Miss Jones - Film Review". Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  11. Ebert, Roger (November 24, 1976). "Alice in Wonderland:An X-Rated Musical Fantasy". Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  12. Staff (2009). "Maraschino Cherry: Platinum Elite Collection 2 Disc Set (2009)". Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  13. Staff (2016). "Maraschino Cherry - Original Soundtrack Music listing". IMDb. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  14. Staff (1978). "Maraschino Cherry (1978) - OST Music Soundtrack". Retrieved February 23, 2016.

Further reading

  • Cook, David A. (2002). History of the American cinema. 9. University of California Press. pp. 274–275. ISBN 0-520-23265-8.
  • Heffernan, Kevin, "A social poetics of pornography", Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 15, Issue 3, December 1994, pp. 77–83. doi:10.1080/10509209409361441.
  • Lehman, Peter, Pornography: film and culture, Rutgers depth of field series, Rutgers University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8135-3871-8.
  • Williams, Linda, Hard core: power, pleasure, and the "frenzy of the visible", University of California Press, 1999, ISBN 0-520-21943-0.
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