Threes (1967) from Tuna

Threes, Menage a Trois (1967) is a Nick Phillips nudie film, shot in 1967 in San Francisco.  This film includes the French phrase Menage a Trois in the title because French and Italian films represented additional box office from the art house crowd. IMDb lists it simply as Threes.


Jane Lako and four unknowns all show everything, but the most explicit frame was in the trailer, but not the film.

Jane Lako stars. As it opens, she is walking along a beach, trying to come to grips with the fact that her husband is dead. She explains their open marriage, her student lover, a porn loop she watched that showed three women, a stripper her husband watched, and finally how he died.

Threes shares many characteristics with most of the Phillips films:

  • It was shot in B & W with a minimal plot designed only to bridge the gaps between nude scenes.

  • The plot is advanced by narration, rather than dialogue

  • There is a score laid down by one of many local jazz trios. Jazz trios were cheap, you could always find one that wanted the work, and Nick liked jazz.

Phillips was prolific, but in order to find a lot of his titles, you will have to combine the IMDb listings for Nick Millard and Steve Millard, two of the dozens of aliases has used.

DVD info from Amazon

  • The transfer is amazingly good for a film this obscure and this old.

  • Don't miss the trailer, which has footage not in the film.

During that era, nudie films could be exhibited in many major cities in the US with relative impunity, but it was still illegal to make them, and doing so could get you arrested in most places in the US. An exception was San Francisco, where he made many of his films. These movies are, frankly, boring as hell, but have a certain historical importance, and I have a personal connection. I was in San Francisco during this time on a Navy ship, and watched some of these films in North Beach. One of my buddies advocated supporting them, even though they admittedly were not at all good. His reasoning? If they make money, more people will make them, and they will improve. I have to applaud Guilty Pleasures for preserving these on DVD. Not only are they an important chapter of sex in the cinema, but I enjoy the looks at 1960s San Francisco.

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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, this is a C+. If the genre is mid-60s nudie films, this must be a C+. The photography is better than most, and it has more than the usual amount of nudity, including full frontal. Of course, judged against real movies, it is a zero star effort.

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