It’s 1969, and the skies have never been friendlier as we experience a day in the life of a group of swinging stewardesses in what is basically a soft-core porn film – shot in 3-D, no less.
A group of stewardesses have an extended layover in Los Angeles and decide to have some fun. There’s no actual plot to speak of, just a series of adventures featuring the beautiful stewardesses.
Ambitious Samantha (Christina Hart, who later appeared on Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote and David Cassidy – Man Undercover) meets advertising executive Colin Winthrop (Ronald South) and – because she desperately wants to be an actress – eagerly goes out on a date with him.
What she doesn’t know is that Colin has a hidden secret that he has been nursing for several years (he’s gay), and it’s going to change their relationship rather dramatically – he beats her during sex so she kills him, then jumps out of a 30th floor window . . .
Meanwhile, Cathy (Kathy Ferrick) and Jo (Anita de Moulin) go to a club to unwind but eventually return to Jo’s apartment. Jo turns out to be a lesbian but promises Cathy a promotion in return for her cooperation . . .
Wendy (Janet Waas) has a thing for men in uniform as she first cavorts with a sailor in bed at the start of the movie and then spends some time with a soldier who has orders to return to Vietnam.
“Horny” Annie (Donna Stanley) decides to go home and drop some acid instead.
Tina” (Paula Erikson) gets herself invited to a playboy pilot’s home, resulting in Cindy (Beth Shields) being left all alone.
Each erotic adventure is well staged, and the novel 3-D effect is only marginally annoying. There’s LSD, a Vietnam vet, Indian music, a rock band with Beatles hair, strobe light dancing, sex in a nightclub, pool cues, feet, and a coat rack jabbing into the camera.
Shot with a minimal crew, shooting regularly began with just a general story outline instead of a full script. Typically, scenes weren’t finalised until the camera was ready to roll.
Nevertheless, The Stewardesses was one of the most profitable films ever made, with a shooting budget of just over $100,000 and a worldwide gross of $25 million to $30 million. It remains the most profitable 3-D film ever released.
Anita de Moulin
Allan Silliphant (as Alf Silliman Jr.)