Deep Throat

May 1, 1976

A Memphis jury broke new ground nationally by concluding the movie "Deep Throat" was obscene and convicting those involved, including actor Harry Reems, of conspiracy to distribute the film nationally.

Asst. U. S. Atty Larry Parrish, the church elder who prosecuted the case, said it sets a major precedent as the first case in which an actor or actress has been prosecuted for a role in an explicit sex film.

The convictions were overturned on appeal.

Harry Reems, co-star of the film "Deep Throat," is shown in this 1976 booking photo. "Deep Throat" was the object of repeated legal assaults by anti-smut forces that tried to squeeze the movie out of theaters. The most notable case was aimed at lead actor Reems, who was convicted of obscenity charges in 1976 and faced a potential five-year prison term. Celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty came to Reems' defense, and the conviction was later overturned. (AP Photo/ho)