Baby Tramp (1975) from Tuna

Baby Tramp has been released under numerous titles in different versions. In the Seduction Cinema set of three films, it is called Butterflies.

It's the third of a trilogy directed by Joe Sarno, produced by Chris D. Nebe, and starring the Swedish bombshell, Marie Forsa. Like the first two, it was shot in Germany, but in the English language. Producer Nebe felt that making it in English would increase the potential for international sales. He did have the original performers do a German dub. Neither Nebe nor Sarno wanted to make a hard core film, which they consider cinematically boring (I agree), yet they wanted the sex scenes to be believable. They decided that the sex scenes would all be real, but shot to avoid showing actual penetration and money shots.

To make sure their actors were "up" to the task, they hired Harry Reems as the male lead, and Eric Edwards for the other male part. It was fairly common at the time to create a so called "soft X" version of hard core films, often only 10 minutes shorter than the XXX versions. As far as I know, this is the only soft X film shot solely for that purpose. (The XXX version circulating around the world was made after the fact, using hard core inserts, and was not approved by Sarno or Nebe.) Unfortunately, by 1975, theatrical soft core was becoming old news, replaced by hard core and direct to video, or the film would have done much better.

The story is simple. Forsa lives with her aunt and uncle on a farm, but other than sex with her boy friend (Erik Edwards), she is bored to death and anxious to see the world, so she hitches her way to Munich. Along the way, she is picked up by a lingerie salesman, then by Harry Reems, who is a nightclub owner and a major heartbreaker. He strikes up relationships with woman after woman, but soon tires of them, and moves on to the next. Forsa becomes his flavor of the week, and falls for him, but she suffers the same fate as numerous other girls. It was almost as if this story was about the Reems character, although I am certain it was intended to focus on Forsa.

The film was shot in Nebe's upscale Munich apartment while the Sarnos were staying there in a guest room. The other residents of the building, rather than being upset, showed up to watch the sex. It was shot in 35 mm, so there was a large crew, and the sex scenes were done without clearing the set. According to Nebe, and from what I saw, the orgasms were real, and Reems really outdid himself. Reems demonstrated all of his sexual prowess in probably the hottest sex I have seen on screen, and is often dripping with sweat by the end of a scene.

  2-DISC DVD Contents:
- Feature film: BUTTERFLIES (Director’s Cut)
- Feature Film: BUTTERFLIES ("Grind House" Cut)
- Interview: JOE SARNO and CHRIS D. NEBE
- Commentary by producer CHRIS D. NEBE
- Trailers to upcoming JOE SARNO DVD RELEASES
- Full Color Booklet featuring Liner Notes



Marie Forsa shows everything, as do several other actresses. Unfortunately, there was no way to correlate cast members with characters.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, it's a C+, probably the best soft X film I have seen.

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