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The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann

The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann was a 1974 pornographic film starring Barbara Bourbon and directed by Radley Metzger (under his nom de porn "Henry Paris") that is considered one of the classics of the Golden Age of Porn. The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann was a step forward in the development of the genre, as it had a plot and good acting. The movie can be seen as a meditation on voyeurism,[1] due to the trope of Mann being spied on by a private detective hired by her husband, and the production of pornography itself, as the detective films her sexual encounters.

Porn film star Bill Margold, who went on to be the director of the Free Speech Coalition, has written:
The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann signals an end to the all-balling, no purpose, disposable mastur-movies that go into one orifice and out another.”[2]
Filmed in Manhattan, the movie was released in New York City on December 26, 1974 and was nationally distributed in 1975.[3] The film has been inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.[4]


Bourbon plays Pamela Mann, a married psychotherapist living and working in Manhattan who has several sexual encounters that are filmed by a private detective hired by her husband. Mann has sex with one of her patients, a prostitute, and also is kidnapped by a couple of radicals. While the male radical orally rapes Mann, the female radical reads the text of a Supreme Court decision on pornography. She also fellates a man she meets on a park bench. At the climax of the film, Mann is revealed to be watching the detective's films in bed with her husband. They have staged the encounters and the snooping for their own private enjoyment. They then have sex.


The professional porn performers in the film include Eric Edwards, Jamie Gillis, Georgina Spelvin, and Marc "10 and 1/2" Stevens.


  1. ^ Butler, Heather (2004). "What do you call a lesbian with long fingers? The development of lesbian and dyke pornography", from "Porn Studies" (edited by Linda Williams). Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-8223-3312-8. 
  2. ^ Ford, Luke (1999). A History of X: 100 Years of Sex in Film. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-1573926782. 
  3. ^ "The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974) Release Info". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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