Deep Throat and the FBI: “Bow Chicka Bow Wow”

When Land of Punt saw the headline, “FBI files show wide `Deep Throat’ investigation” we immediately had an image of the headline writer’s wide grin over getting the word “wide” pass her editor.

Then we thought this headline must be in reference to W. Mark Felt, the Watergate informant who used the alias “Deep Throat” when briefing Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

The movie Deep Throat was released in 1972.

The movie Deep Throat was released in 1972.

Imagine our surprise when we learned that the FBI was actually investigating the movie Deep Throat.

According to recently released documents, the FBI investigated the 1972 pornographic film, Deep Throat, in an effort to stop the spread of this type of licentious entertainment. The investigation was the government’s last desperate attempt to stem the tide of America’s rapidly dismissive attitudes.

We have the folks at the Associated Press to thank for pouring over the thousands of pages complied by the FBI. AP gained access to the material via the Freedom of Information Act.

The files the AP uncovered revealed that the FBI seized copies of the movie, had negatives analyzed in labs, wrote play-by-play accounts of the movie’s plot, and interviewed everyone from actors and producers to messengers who delivered reels to theaters. Agents were working around the clock from Detroit to Honolulu.

Deep Throat was directed Gerard Damiano.  According to FBI reports he cooperated with the investigation and the Feds even discussed granting him immunity.  Immunity from what no one knows.

Deep Throat was directed Gerard Damiano. According to FBI reports he cooperated with the investigation and the Feds even discussed granting him immunity. Immunity from what no one knows.

LOP found it humorous that even though legend says the Mafia funded this movie, and the Mafia has been involved with pornography for years, the newly released FBI documents didn’t once mention the Mafia.

As you might expect, the reams and reams of information about the movie made their way around the FBI, up and down the totem pole. We’re sure some were even taken home for further review.

The movie Deep Throat, directed by Gerard Damiano and starring Linda Lovelace, was a huge success and widely popular when it was released. Some even view the movie as a revolutionary. It still is the one porno title everyone knows— well that and Buttman Does Europe 7.

Linda Boreman, a.k.a. Linda Lovelace, later denounced her pornography career and claimed her sadistic husband forced her into the buisness.

Linda Boreman, a.k.a. Linda Lovelace, later denounced her pornography career and claimed her sadistic first husband forced her into the buisness.

Land of Punt did some research as well and found this transcript of meeting between a Special Agent in charge of investing the movie Deep Throat and his five man task force:

Special Agent: Men, America is facing a new threat to its way of life. It’s an immoral and decrepit movie called Deep Throat. This type of depravity must be destroyed.

The agents sit in silence.

Special Agent: Who is willing to investigation this pornographic menace to its fullest?

All the agents cheer.

Special Agent: Good. It’s nice to see everyone is up for this assignment. Now, does anyone have any ideas about how best to investigate this Deep throat?
Agent #1: I could go to the movie, sir—as many times as you’d like me too.
Special Agent: Good idea. Get to know that movie like the back of your hand.
Agent #2: I could interrogate the movie’s star, Linda Lovelace.
Special Agent: Very good agent. I’m also impressed that you knew her name without a briefing. Way to stay on top of things.
Agent #3: Maybe instead of interrogating Ms. Lovelace we should do some undercover work. I could show up at her house delivering a pizza. I hear people like her really open up to delivery men.
Special Agent: Excellent.
Agent #4: Sir, sometimes movies have different endings depending on where they are shown. I could travel across the country and view the movie in different cities?
Special Agent: I like it, but that sounds grueling. It would be a long hard task. Are you up to the challenge?
Agent #4: Anything for my country, sir.
Agent #5: How about I examine each individual frame of the movie carefully and slowly. Maybe I’ll even blow up some of the more subversive frames for further examination.
Agent #1: CC me on those pictures.
Agent #2: Me too.
Special Agent: Sounds time consuming, agent.
Agent #5: I’m willing to take my work home with me, sir.
Special Agent: What about your wife?
Agent #5: I’m hoping she’ll help, sir.
Special Agent: Good. Gentlemen, I don’t need to tell how important this mission is. If we fail, hardcore, graphic, pornography will become available 24 hours day, seven days a week, to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Agent #3: You don’t say?

Movie poster for Deep Throat.

Movie poster for Deep Throat.

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