Mind with the Dirty Man (1974)
Starring: Phil Ford, Jane Kean, Marilyn Chambers, Gary Carpenter, Carol Worthington, Joe Hecht, Belle Ellig
Director: Ernest Sarracino
Producer: Maynard Sloate
Writer: Jules Tasca
Production Designed by: John De Santis
Stage Manager: Paul Szigety
Gown Designed by: William Barbe
Venue: The Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Opened: October 1974 / Closed: 1976
Marilyn's first foray into legitimate acting was Jules Tasca's stage play Mind with the Dirty Man, which ran for 52 weeks at the Union Plaza in Las Vegas beginning in October 1974. At the time the play was the longest running in Vegas history. When it closed, Marilyn and the cast were honored with the key to the city.
Ron Pennington of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "[Producer Maynard] Sloate's casting of Marilyn Chambers in the role of the son's porno-queen wife is especially ingenious and the actress makes a very promising stage debut here. Chambers, who projects an appealing stage presence, makes the role work surprisingly well... excellent."
1/27/75 -- LAS VEGAS, NEV. -- Marilyn Chambers, former porno screen star who is making her legitimate stage debut at the Union Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, has threatened to walk out of the play, "Mind With the Dirty Man" unless the producer lets her appear nude. Producer Maynard Sloate and Miss Chambers are feuding over the star's "sex-symbol" image. An "undress" rehearsal was held as Marilyn wants to appear (L) and as Sloate wants her to appear.
Below: The Las Vegas Sun hails Marilyn's return to the production after an eight week hiatus to promote her book.