Sunday, July 24, 2011

On the Beach by Geoffrey Rian

Although we featured a Penthouse couples set (actually a threesome) in the post before this we have had a request for the next one, chronologically, in the magazine. 

In fact, the next "love set" in Penthouse after the previous Three in Love was the girl/girl set Rites of Spring, from March 1975, which we have already posted (and yes, S, the next one after this will be girl/girl too!).

So here we have On the Beach photographed by Geoffrey Rian which is, of course, a nom-de-plume for Jeff Dunas.  This pictorial appeared in the May 1975 edition of Penthouse where Dunas was the photographer of that month's Pet, Ava Gallay, so he obviously used the AKA so as not to seem too dominant.

The text for this one is even more pretentious than usual.  This, for example, is the opening lines: "The sea draws us endlessly.  In its saline womb, life began and our bloodstream eternally sings our need of the surging mother."  This paragraph finishes: "And through all the actions of our mundane theatre, we seek to return to the source, the simplicity before the world became consious of its own becoming."  Good grief!

Our protagonists are called (at least as far as the text is concerned) Jean-Paul and Simone (actually none other than model turned photographer Suze Randall) and the pictorial was shot in the South of France. The locations really benefit this set which is stylistically very different from the ones that have gone before.

In both the previous boy/girl sets (Ken Marcus' One and One make Free and Pair Play (also by Jeff Dunas)) the images were cropped very tight on the couple with very little in the way of background or location feel.  In fact One and One only had one interior setting and Pair Play had just two.

On the Beach, however, makes the most of its Mediterranean setting and, initially, we get to see our couple strolling around a typical Provencal fishing village before lounging around in a boat.

Here we have Penthouse's boldest pussy touching photo so far made acceptable, of course, by everything happening safely under the girl's bikini bottom.

Nearly all the previous love sets had had some (or even all, in some cases) of the pictures shot in woods or fields so it is no surprise to find such a sequence here.

Here for only the second time Penthouse dared to show a man's penis something that, for example, Playboy had not dared to do in any of their boy/girl pictorials.  In fact Simone seems to actually be touching it with her finger.

However, in this playful picture a flower makes an effective fig-leaf substitute!

At last we get down to the beach of the title but it isn't exactly a stretch of soft sand.  In fact, it looks decidedly uncomfortable and must be hard on Simone's back and Jean-Paul's knees.

Although the couple are photographed in a passionate clinch there is still not yet any strong suggestion of intercourse.  We are still at the heavy petting stage in the magazine.

Jean-Paul becomes the first male model in Penthouse to flash his cock twice in one pictorial and Simone gets her hand down between his legs bringing her hand into very close proximity to him.

The pictorial finishes with this effective two page spread, with Simone firmly astride Jean-Paul's thigh.  The sauciest love set from Penthouse so far.


  1. No strong suggestion of intercourse?! I hope you're joking, Agent P! The pictures obviously are "sugesting intercourse" and I think it's real.I've often wondered if "Simone", there, is the same woman who appeared in Playboy Feb 1975, in the decidedly less explicit pictorial, "The French Maid". Can you tell us? Anyway, thanks for posting!

  2. I'm pretty sure its not the same girl: different nose different nipples. I said that the poses didn't suggest intercourse as her legs are astride his thigh in every shot rather than them having their genitals in contact. Slowly, slowly went Penthouse at this time...

    Maybe I should post The French Maid, though...

  3. This is the kind of boy-girl Penthouse, classy and sexy but much more arousing than hardcore. More loving couples please!

  4. Strangely similar to "Love in the Afternoon" !! With pictures taken in town, on the beach and in a field near a tree. And the manner they embrace while walking down the street and also when they rest side by side !!

  5. Love the hemlock flower!

  6. So this is really Suze Randall? It has been suggested on the Vintage Erotica forum but I wasn't sure.

    1. Her face is quite distinctive: see here-