Alice In Wonderland
"Alice In Wonderland" is a carefree 1976 musical sex comedy that has endured in popularity; it holds a unique place in adult films. Though "Alice" was shot with some hardcore sex scenes, the maker or distributor (20th Century Fox!) chose to delete the explicit footage before the movie was released. Thanks to abundant nudity, and the sparkling presence of pretty Kristine DeBell, the now hard R/soft X feature became a popular and highly profitable staple on the drive-in theater circuit.
Miss DeBell was a Ford agency fashion model before making "Alice." In April 1976 she appeared on the cover of Playboy; the photo came under fire from anti-pornography zealots because it portrayed her as an underage schoolgirl. While never a "Playmate," Kristine also was pictured au natural in the August issue as part of a Helmut Newton photo feature. After "Alice," she moved on to roles in the Bill Murray comedy "Meatballs" and other mainstream films. Her TV credits include the role of Judge Harry Stone's rock star girlfriend Jennifer Black in an episode of "Night Court," and a stint on "The Young and the Restless."
In the early 1980s "Alice" was released on home video with the deleted footage restored, though the theatrical version was more widely available. The "Limited Storybook Edition" contains both the XXX and soft X versions; the Playboy cover photo is included on the back of the DVD case. The explicit footage is slightly abbreviated, most noticeably in Alice's massage scene, and has significantly more scratches, jumps, color shifts, etc. than the version released by Xtravision in the '80s.
What has always made "Alice" appealing is its lighthearted treatment of sex. In this pre-HIV world, lovemaking is presented as risk-free fun; the silly jokes, catchy songs, and dance choreography make it unlike any other adult film in memory. An above average actress for this genre, Kristine DeBell projects refreshing sincerity, enthusiasm, and innocence (her fresh-faced cuteness and natural body don't hurt, either). Well worth watching.