Description source: promotional material
This was the first theatrical showing where two men kissed. It took place at the Park Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 16th, 1968. Rocco and the managers were so fearful of arrest that they had lawyers in the lobby in case there was a raid but none ever materialized.
A year after the first screening, the film was shown again under the name Man Happenings.
Taking place on "Tom Sawyers Island" in a famous amusement center, Ron and Chuck chase each other through the woods and then, out of breath, fall into each other's arms. A new sensation thrills them with this body contact – and Ron slowly takes Chuck's hand and leads him into a private area where no one will see them together.
What follows is one of the most beautifully photographed sequences ever presented in a Pat Rocco Film and the boys embrace and hiss in a double-exposed, clothed and unclothed montage that will absolutely take your breath away. It is a new kissing sequence unlike anything you've ever seen!
We highly recommend this film as the finest representation in our Catalog. Whatever you do, don't pass this one up! You'll want to run it over & over and you will find new thrills & excitement with each showing!
This is a gripping story of two young car racing enthusiasts. It begins with an exciting car race as the boys whiz along a deserted mountain road and finally reach their prearranged "finish line". It looks like the boys might get into a real fight .... but their moods change as they walk off arm in arm to a quiet mountain stream.
When one of them accidentally falls into the stream, they decide to disrobe and take full advantage of the warm sun & the cool, rippling waters. Their excellent physiques are magnificently displayed in this sequence as they finish their swim and sit on a nearby rock ... cementing their newfound friendship with affectionate touching and looks.
The film ends as we find the boys completing work on a new race car that they've built themselves. Starring in this film is Danny Combs (the winner of "The Groovy Guy" Contest in Los Angeles – and he really is groovy) along with Arnie Castelli.
Two magnetic personalities meet for the first time in this Bizarre Production as Voldemar teams up with newcomer Tiny Tom (in his very first film) in an appealing story that you will want to watch over and over .....
Our story begins in the freight yards as Tiny Tom arrives by "special coach" flees the watchman's glaring glances, reaches the street above the yards and begins to hitchhike into town. As luck would have it, Voldemar is the one who picks him up, and, instead of going straight home, they stop off at a nearby park and Voldemar takes him for a boat ride. They are obviously mutually attracted to each other as they leave the park - running hand in hand.
Another stop off on a deserted dirt rood finds them romping and playing in the tall grass as Voldemar finally pins Tiny Tom to the ground. Now the mood turns serious as the boys look at each other very affectionately and proceed to undress each other. The film ends as the boys seal their new-found friendship with a long ... lingering ... kiss. Need we say more?
Somebody had to break the ice—but it was Pat Rocco who finally did it. "A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND" became the first film to feature a long, lingering, passionate kiss between two boys. The kiss lasted a full minute on the screen and Rocco, his attorneys, the theatre manager, and even the ushers all expected to be arrested any minute. But nothing happened, and this fine film set the precedent for all future male filmmakers to follow.
—and the reviewers went wild—
"The most mind-blowing event of the evening was when Rocco (when everyone else always chickened out) had the honesty to present two males kissing. It was revelation and a lifting of the old burden of guilt borne too long by homosexuals as natural loving people. "A Very Special Friend" was my favorite of the evening . . ."
Sam Winston and J.R.
Los Angeles ADVOCATE
"The best film on the current program is "Early to Bed," and erotic frustration in which one boy desires another. There's an undercurrent of frustration and longing ... charged sexuality of atmosphere ... pretty good stuff. Rocco is the most interesting filmmaker I know in this particular genre."