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.