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Straight-Jacket
Directed by Richard Day
Produced by Michael Warwick
Written by Richard Day
Starring Matt Letscher
Carrie Preston
Distributed by Regent Releasing
here! Films
Release date(s) 26 November 2004
Running time 96 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million
Gross revenue $45,497

Straight-Jacket is a 2004 comedy film written and directed by Richard Day, based on his play. Done as a pastiche of the Rock Hudson-Doris Day romantic comedy films, Straight-Jacket tells the story of Guy Stone, a closeted gay actor in the 1950s who is modeled on Hudson.

Plot

Guy Stone (Matt Letscher) is blissfully closeted, picking up tricks for one-night-stands, while capturing the country's heart as "America's most eligible bachelor" (while starring in such films as The Love Barrel and I Married the Ghost). However, Guy's carefully managed façade collapses when he comes up for the lead in S.R.O. studio's version of Ben-Hur. Things turn sour for the film idol when a fellow actor, Freddie Stevens (Jack Plotnick) (famous in the film for portraying "Captain Astro" in a succession of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon-type serial films), decides to steal the lead in Ben-Hur away from Guy by taking a picture of Guy exiting a gay bar. Freddie plans to out Guy to the world and ruin his career. Jerry (Veronica Cartwright), Guy's repressed lesbian ball-bustingly ambitious agent, connives to cover up the impending outing and ensure Guy the role in Ben-Hur by marrying her client off with great fanfare to the studio head's secretary, Sally (Carrie Preston), who just happens to be also be a slavishly devoted Guy Stone fan. However, Sally isn't aware the marriage is a sham.

In order to avoid his adoring new bride as much as possible, Guy has Jerry sign him onto the next available film, which turns out to be 'Blood Mine' — a disastrously arch pro-union film about the corrupt goings on at a coal mine (with lines like 'how can they call this a MINE when everything is THEIRS!?!'). The studio head, in fear of the red-baiting going on in Hollywood at the time, decides — true to Hollywood form — rather than stopping production on the film to instead continue making it by watering down the pro-union content in this singularly pro-union narrative wherever possible. The young, idealistic, and terribly handsome writer of the novel that the film is based on, Rick Foster, quickly gets roped into convoluting the plot of this already-bad adaptation of his heartfelt book largely because of a chance meeting between himself the film's star, Guy. The attraction the two men feel for one another is instantaneous and propels the rest of the plot forward.

Cast

Jackie Hoffman, who originated the role of Jerry in the stage play, was asked to reprise her role, but couldn't due to Hairspray: The Musical.

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