Wasn't it Mencken who noted that Americans are the most sex obsessed and, conversely, the most sex repressed people ever? "Debbie Does Dallas: Uncovered", a British-TV investigation into the history of the notorious porno film from the late 70's, a porno film that has, so far, financially grossed multi-millions, would seem to provide a potent starting point in one's quest to prove the validity of Mencken's (if it indeed was Mencken who said it) observation. It's a disjointed film; there's no linear progression of story here-- the film-makers jump from one observation to another, from one interview to another, from film clip to film clip, as if searching for a main point or theme to hang the frame of their movie on. For all that, there are fascinating (not to mention disturbing) moments here. With the exception of Robin Byrd, none of the women involved in the film consented to an interview (not surprising, I guess, but their absence does detract substantially from the film overall, as they're obviously an integral part of any serious examination of pornography, and to say women are the ones primarily exploited by pornography is not a moral statement or a value judgement...I'm not a prude or a proponent of censorship...but a statement of empirical fact). The male actors do consent to being interviewed, and respond to the questions with varying degrees of insight, humor, and even sadness. Robert Kerman aka R. Bolla, looking doughy and old, notes the harsh reality of his life passing him drearily by, without accomplishment or fulfillment or any evident joy. Then, with a certain sardonic humor, he observes, "Though there is 'Debbie Does Dallas'. What a legacy, huh?" Passing mention is also made during the course of the film of underworld involvement in the financing and distribution of the film, and of attempts on the part of the authorities to prosecute those involved (it would appear that the actors and actresses weren't the only ones scarred by their involvement in "Debbie Does Dallas"; there's something unsettling and creepy about the image of the retired FBI agent leafing wordlessly through his thick albums of pornography). Thankfully, there's no overt moralizing or smug Janus-faced hypocrisy, no facile rationalizations or easy answers offered, no puritanical pontificating dispensed-- there doesn't really have to be. Perhaps nothing better illustrates the inherently exploitative nature of pornography than the revelation that those "acting" in the film received, at most, a few hundred dollars, while those controlling the film are still making a fortune. Then there's the mystery of "Debbie"-- the beautiful, enigmatic actress "Bambi Woods". It's been reported that she died of a drug overdose (as did her co-star in the movie, Arcadia Lake). It's also been reported that she was "saved" by her religious parents, and now lives an anonymous life somewhere in suburbia. The film-makers don't solve the mystery, although they do go so far as to hire a private investigator. On the website "YesButNoButYes" recently, a woman purporting to be Bambi Woods gives an interview refuting much of what is said in the documentary. She was never a cheer-leader, her parents were religious but not excessively so, she never dated Robert Kerman (not even once), her birth-name was not Debbie De Santo or Barbara Woodson, she was not "saved" by her parents but left porno voluntarily and maintained her anonymity by cutting her hair short, changing its color to black, and using her original name. According to the woman claiming to be "Debbie", she kicked a drug habit, married, had children, and currently lives a satisfying albeit "boring" life in California. I read the interview and actually found myself hoping it was her. There are a depressing abundance of stories concerning early deaths, wasted lives, and blighted psyches connected with involvement in pornography. It's refreshing to believe that someone actually was able to emerge from the experience relatively unscathed, that someone was actually able to transcend what assuredly had to be, at best, a sad episode from her past and go on to live a fruitful, fulfilling and happy life. One doesn't have to view "Debbie Does Dallas: Uncovered" to realize how truly rare that must be.