Laura's Toys (1975) from Tuna

Laura's Toys is a skin-flick made by industry legend Joe Sarno in the days when he was afraid of US censorship laws and worked in Germany and Sweden. This one was shot on a Swedish island and, typical of Sarno's films, the performers had real sex on camera, but the film was shot and edited to look like a soft-core. It was Sarno's belief that people actually having sex are more convincing than people simulating sex. I can't argue with that. He also believed that this took a great deal of pressure off the performers, and with the help of good casting, often resulted in real on-camera orgasms. That was the case here. Porn superstar Eric Edwards, who was a trained actor, played the male lead against Mary Mendum as his wife, and Cathja Graff as his assistant. Cathja was one of Sarno's discoveries. Edwards and Graff developed a real thing for each other, and their sex was frequent and hot both on and off camera. Edwards never felt the same with Mendum, although he worked with her frequently.

The plot:

The three characters are doing archeology research on a remote island. Edwards is the expert. Cathja is his student assistant, and it is Mendum's job to be bored to death and distract Edwards from working. Things get more interesting when Mendum's school chums, including Anita Ericsson, arrive. It seems Mendum and Ericsson were lovers from age 11 until quite recently. Mendum visits Ericsson, and Edwards and Graff finally do it. Mendum sees them, and at first plots revenge.

The nudity is nearly constant, but not that explicit, especially during the sex, when Sarno prefers to focus on the women's faces.  Sarno believes that suggesting sex and showing real emotion is sexier than genital close-ups, and I agree completely. Even though the entire plot of the film concerns sex, it never becomes boring or repetitive, and is believable, given a 70s frame of reference. All three of the leads can actually act and, as Peggy Sarno pointed out in the special features, Graff announces her orgasms with veins that bulge out of her forehead.



  • There is a feature length commentary with Eric Edwards, whom I couldn't help but like, and he describes being young, hung and horny in Sweden in the 70s.

  • Excellent transfer



All body parts from Eric Edwards, Mary Mendum, Anita Ericsson, Cathja Graff, and an unknown. No penetration.

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Based on this description, this film is a C+. The genre is soft core, and this is definitely one of the better ones.

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