Paul Glickler, director, co-writer, producer and editor of the 1973 independent film full of sex Cheerleading, has died. He was 81 years old.
Glickler died on September 19 of a heart attack at the Topanga home in Los Angeles, his sister, Louise GS Plaschkes, said. The Hollywood Reporter.
Cheerleading stars Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, and Jovita Bush in a playful film about Amorosa High School cheerleaders who have sex with the opposing team’s soccer players the night before a big battle to drain their strength.
The R-rated movie – filmmakers wanted an X rating – made for $120,000, made a big return on its investment, featured in a John Grisham novel, and created Quick features include The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974), directed by Jack Hill, and Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976), directed by Richard Lerner, Glickler’s co-screenwriter and producer.
Glickler described Cheerleading was “suburban goofy” and noted that its underage sexual antics initially offended its distributor, Cinemation. He said he had to threaten to sue the company to collect money owed.
Born in Philadelphia on February 13, 1941 and raised in the suburbs, Glickler graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1958 and Princeton University in 1962.
He moved to New York and worked in theater before becoming an assistant to producer Arnold Michaelis, with him filming interviews with prime ministers Mohammed Ayub Khan of Pakistan and Jawaharlal Nehru of India.
He used to be the executive producer on Gauguin in Tahiti: In Search of Heavena 1967 CBS documentary film narrated by Michael Redgrave about the travels of painter Paul Gauguin.
With his then-wife Cabell Smith, Glickler drove across America to watch documentaries about Native American tribes, but the project was never completed. He later moved to California and co-directed and co-wrote with Lerner the X-rated film Hot circuit (In 1971).
Glickler then directed and co-wrote Run Fear (1980), starring Ken Wahl and Judge Reinhold, and served as a consultant to Wendy Apple in her 2004 documentary, The Cut Edge: The Magic of Editing.