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Besides being director of a number of videos, Douglas was an editor for some early years of Stallion and then for Manshots.
Stallion was edited by Jerry Douglas, and the mag made no conscious effort to be trendy. Instead, it offered remarkably intelligent articles and interviews, especially a series entitled "Our Gay Heritage" which dealt with exactly that. Stallion regularly featured interviews with contemporary porn stars (an example is the interview of Nick Rodgers). Invariably, the interview was more than simply a publicity event for the porn star's latest video. A noteworthy example of that is Beau Mathews' final interview in Stallion's October 1985 issue, less than a year before from Beau's death. The interview was not about the details of Beau's first sex experience or his latest video. I don't know of any other gay porn monthly of that time which would have had the courage to publish that interview. And that was Stallion. That was Jerry Douglas.
By August 1988, Jerry Douglas had departed Stallion, and the mag was under the control of a new publisher and editor. The photographic reproduction was better, but the rest of the mag beyond the nudes seemed rather disposable.
Jerry Douglas was the original (and to my mind, the ONLY) editor of Manshots, which premiered in September 1988 and died in June 2001. The mag dealt with gay erotic video. Manshots was unique. The mag not only featured quite a lot on current video, but also contained reviews of classic gay porn, and interviews of directors, actors and others associated with earlier porn. The interviews actually had substance and some connection to history.
Most of the Manshots interviews were done by Jerry, who had more than a tangential relation to gay porn. Jerry wrote and directed The Back Row (1973), an early gay theatrical porn film starring Casey Donovan and George Payne. He was editor of Stallion from 1982 to 1988, before moving on to Manshots in 1988..
But right after that move, Jerry wrote and directed Fratrimony (1989), which I thought was remarkable and remarkably hot when it was released over two decades ago, and which seems even more remarkable with each passing year. The film starred twink heartthrob Tim Lowe and older gay pornstar Butch Taylor. And no one else. The plot was that recent HS graduate Tim was college-guy Butch's little brother, and Tim was determined to have sex with Butch. One summer, Mom and Dad are off on vacation, leaving Tim and Butch to their own devices. And Tim launches an elaborate plan to seduce Butch, through the course of gradually-escalating sex scenes. The dialogue is not excessive, and Tim and Butch are sufficiently talented to be able to deliver the lines believably.
Check out the list of Jerry's films. I can't claim to have seen all (or even most) of them. But I can tell you that of the ones I saw, I was not bored or disappointed by any film. Trade-Off and Kiss-Off -- two Axel Garrett films, and Kiss-Off featured Michael Brawn in an award-winning performance as a conflicted police officer. And Honorable Discharge (1993), about three Marine recruits: the sex scenes are hot, the thought content is amazing.
Jerry was the first editor of Manshots, starting in September 1988. And the last issue which Jerry edited was Manshots, March 2001. The next issue, Manshots, June 2001, had the attached announcement, which said that the mag was committed to meeting the needs of the readers. As though those needs had not been met during the preceding thirteen years. But Jerry was gone. And the attached notice was actually the mag's farewell. Without Jerry Douglas, it never published another issue. --madd coww
Jerry was also the director of the theater play Tubstrip which played on Broadway for several weeks at the Mayfair in 1974. It started Casey Donovan and Michael Kearns. Douglas actually did quite a bit of theater work and some Hollywood film work. Another play, Circle in Water, included Casey Donovan.
"Who" Michael's Thing Vol. 1 No. 3 Nov. 1970 pg. 11 (Essay)
"In Touch with Films" In Touch Vol. 1 No. 10 Jul. 1974 pg. 50 (Review)
Siebenand, Paul. The Beginnings of Gay Cinema in Los Angeles: The Industry and the Audience. Los Angles, CA: USC, 1975 pg. 41,134,153
Doug Richards. "The Gay Film Heritage: Filming "Back Row"" Manshots Vol. 2 No. 1 Sep. 1989 pg. 18 (Essay)
Robert W. Richards. "Close-Up" Manshots Vol. 2 No. 5 Feb. 1990 pg. 48 (Interview)
"Scatter Shots" Manshots Vol. 2 No. 8 Jul. 1990 pg. 15 (Letters)
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