The Gay Deceivers

The Gay Deceivers is a 1969 gay-themed comedy film directed by Bruce Kessler. The film, which has a twist ending, derives much of its humor through the use of stereotypes. According to gay film historian Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet, co-star Michael Greer, who played the flamboyantly gay Malcolm and who was himself gay, tried to work with the screenwriter and director to minimize the negativity of the characterization and present Malcolm in a positive light.[2]

The Gay Deceivers
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Directed byBruce Kessler
Produced byJoe Solomon
Written byGil Lasky (story)
Abe Polsky (story)
Jerome Wish
StarringKevin Coughlin
Brooke Bundy
Lawrence P. Casey
Jo Ann Harris
Michael Greer
Music byStu Phillips
CinematographyRichard C. Glouner
Edited byReg Browne
Renn Reynolds
Distributed byFanfare Films Inc.
Release date
  • July 2, 1969 (1969-07-02)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States


The Gay Deceivers follows Danny and Elliot, two friends who try to get out of the draft by pretending to be gay. They're placed under surveillance by the Army and have to keep up the pretense. They move into a gay apartment building and try to blend in with the residents, all the while trying to maintain their romantic relationships with women and not get caught by the Army.

The twist is that even after the pair is caught, they are not inducted into the military. The Army investigators assigned to watch them are themselves gay and are trying to keep straight people out of the Army.


Actor Role
Kevin Coughlin Danny Devlin
Brooke Bundy Karen
Lawrence P. Casey (Larry Casey) Elliot Crane
Jo Ann Harris Leslie Devlin
Michael Greer Malcolm
Sebastian Brook Craig
Jack Starrett Colonel Dixon
Richard Webb Mr. Devlin
Eloise Hardt Mrs. Devlin
Jeanne Baird Mrs. Conway
Michael Kopcha Psychiatrist
Joe Tornatore Sergeant Kravits
Robert Reese Real Estate Agent
Christopher Riordan Duane
Douglas Hume Corporal
David Osterhout Stern
Marilyn Wirt Sybil
Ron Gans Freddie
Rachel Romen Dorothy
Tom Grubbs Paul
Louise Williams Bunny
Randee Lynne Jensen Sheryl
Meridith Williams Phil
Harry Sodoni Georgette
Leonore Stevens Laverne
Trigg Kelly Jacki
Tony Epper Vince
Anthony De Longis (uncredited)
Jonathan Kramer Gay neighbor dating army officer (uncredited)
Candice Rialson Girl in bikini (uncredited)


It was the film debut of Candice Rialson.[3]


The film opened in Atlanta and San Francisco on July 2, 1969.[4][1]

Home mediaEdit

The Gay Deceivers was released on Region 1 DVD on May 2, 2000.


  1. ^ a b The Gay Deceivers at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet. Harper & Row, ISBN 0060908718, pg. 186
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (November 26, 2019). "The Cinema of Exploitation Goddess Candice Rialson". Diabolique Magazine.
  4. ^ "'Deceivers' Dual Preem". Variety. July 2, 1969. p. 5.

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