I’ll just come out and say it: I keep a candle lit for Ms. Caffaro. If you do too–and you know who you are–why don’t you spend the next eight hours watching all the Cheri Caffaro films I was able to find on YouTube. You’ll know where to find me:
Let’s start with 1971’s Ginger. I’ve written about this one before, but may find the need to revisit this later this year.
Her next outing was with the late Haji in Up Your Alley also from 1971, but sadly this gem is not uploaded just yet. If you can find it, look for Uschi Digard (scroll down to #8, yes this is a side project of mine) and Luanne Roberts of Trader Hornee fame.
In 1972, Cheri returns to her roots with the second installment of the Ginger trilogy, The Abductors. Raunchier, and down-n-dirtier than Ginger:
Girls Are For Loving, from 1973, the last Ginger flick is also not (yet) available online. Sounding like porn in both title and dialogue–and acted to about the same quality–we get these choice bits of dialogue:
I want that dame spread – not dead.
I don’t mind giving my bod to him, in the name of the flag of course . . . Let’s just say I like to fuck a lot.
It does not get better than this, folks!
This brings us to the last of Cheri’s (available online) on camera roles, in Savage Sisters from 1974, co-starring blaxploitation actress (and Bond Girl from the year before in Live and Let Die) Gloria Hendry, and the ubiquitous Sid Haig:
Cheri’s last on-camera film was a reprise–in all but name–of her earlier Ginger films, Too Hot to Handle from 1977. This was one of a plethora of exploitation films shot on location in the Philippines, and if you weren’t already crushing on Cheri, she did her own stunts!
From here, Cheri moved behind the camera and helped produce a couple silly flicks: H.O.T.S. in 1979 and The Demons of Ludlow from 1983.
H.O.T.S. starred no less than three Playboy centerfolds, a Miss USA, and a couple veteran B-movie/sexploitation actresses . . . and Danny Bonaduce. Sign me the fuck up.
Sadly, Cheri does not bow out of her film career on a high note. Demons of Ludow is a boring mess of a horror film–a bit of a departure from her earlier oeuvre, featuring a haunted upright piano. Maybe it would have been better if the haunted piano was a grand piano.
Nowadays, and for most of the past twenty years or so, Cheri has been out of the public eye. She reportedly didn’t care for being type-cast as an exploitation babe, and the producing gig didn’t come to much, and apparently she removed herself from the film industry. This coming April, she’ll turn 70. Would love to see her give some interviews on the occasion . . .