A Spanking History Lesson from Copper
Knowing that the world has been ordered to stay in, The great American Spanking artist Copper thought it might be a good time for some home schooling. He hopes to create a series of “History Lessons” that trace the early days of our fetish on video. Today’s lesson is “Filmco Studios“, one of the earliest producers of spanking films.
Coper has attached a brief written history, in addition to two of their original four-page catalogs that might stir some memories for the older readers (and maybe some curiosity for the younger ones).
A SHORT HISTORY OF MALE SPANKING VIDEOS
HAL ROTH was a professional photographer from Washington D.C. who relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 and opened his own studio, Filmco (also known as Halco and Manco) specializing in male nudes from Southern California. Originally only offering still photographs and slides, he soon began including Super-8 movies of his models, mostly engaged in solo masturbation.
Early on, he began producing films with bondage and spanking themes. In these movies, the spankings always led to sexual situations, either solo or between the models. While the Super-8 movies were all silent films, Hal began using a video camera in the mid-80’s, which included sound. When he began offering his Super-8 films on video cassette, he improvised soundtracks, dubbing-in the voices and slapping noises with truly laughable results. He can even be heard mimicking a motorcycle driving by in one scene.
In all, Halco produced a total of 11 spanking videos. In chronological order, they are:
CAUGHT IN THE ACT (1981)
This video was later repackaged under the title, “California’s Golden Boys”
THE SPANKING HOUSE (1986)
THE SPANKING PARTY (1986)
THE BIRTHDAY SPANKING (1987)
SPANK ‘EM HARD (1988)
SPANK YOUR BUDDY (1988)
THE SPANKING MASTER (1990)
THE SPANKING MASTER – 2 (1992)
THE SPANKING MASTER – BLACK (1992)
THE SPANKING MASTER – 3 (1994)
THE SPANKING MASTER – 4 (1996)
Hal stopped producing new material in 1996, and many of his vintage products have been available through distributors such as Bijou Video or Bacchus Productions. A couple of years ago I ran into Hal at a Tom of Finland art show in West Hollywood, where he was still selling original print of the photographs that he shot over his career.
I am attaching a couple of the catalogs that were mailed to interested customers. “Spank Your Buddy” was a Super-8 transfer, while “The Spanking Master” was the first video of the series. You can actually see Hal Roth on the third page of the catalog (in the striped shirt) portraying Mr. Brooks.
Note: the prices quoted on some of the posters below applied at the time of the various video’s release, and no longer indicate current availability.