A hobo hops off a train in his hometown of “Broken Springs, California,” bums through some garbage in an alley, and – cue spooky music – finds a pair of seemingly ordinary sunglasses in a crate. Encountering a pretty gal eating her lunch in a nearby park, the hobo puts on the pair of glasses, and – Like Wow! – sees the little darling in the nude: “I had a hunch I’d hit a bonanza!” (Who made the glasses, how they work, and what the hell they doing in an alley is all instantly irrelevant.)
Rushing into a small restaurant, the starving hobo makes a quick deal with the owner. For some free eats, the hobo lets the owner put on the glasses and gawk at a lovely young lady eating lunch at a table who, through the glasses, can be seen eating her sandwich in the nude. Realizing that the glasses are even better than currency, the hobo then gets a free shave by letting a barber wear them to view two naked ladies having their nails done, gets free new clothes by letting a salesman view a naked customer, gets a free motel room by letting the manager view a naked maid, and even gets a brand new convertible by letting a car salesman gaze at a naked Miss Susie Flugelheimer.
Our hero (and now ex-hobo) even gets a job as a door-to-door salesman, selling women’s products to malecustomers who wear the glasses to view female neighbors in the nude….
And that, boys and girls, is about all the plot you’re gonna get. We see a pretty girl wearing clothes, someone puts on the glasses, and we see the same girl naked. We then see another pretty girl, someone puts the glasses on again, and we see her naked too. And so on and so forth for the next hour.
No, it’s not terribly complicated – it’s essentially a variation of the plot already used in Arch Hall’s Magic Spectacles (1961, aka Tickled Pink) and Jack Harris’ Paradisio (1962, with 3D and the annoying Arthur Howard) – but we’re sure as hell not complaining. This is exactly what Nudie-Cuties were all about: wallowing in pretty naked girls without any of that complicated sex stuff. And, of course, every female on display here is young and beautiful and looks like she just stepped out of the air-brushed pages of a vintage Playboy. No surprise then that Like Wow! was also theatrically released as Mr. Peek-a-Boo’s Playmates and A Mad Escapade of a Playboy. (It was also sold as Naked Like Wow! and simply Wow!)
Director RONNIE ASHCROFT also made one of our leering faves, Girl with an Itch (1958), but most fans probably know him for his outrageous sci-fi cheapie The Astounding She-Monster (also 1958). In fact, She-Monster’s star and all-around Western-bad-guy KENNE DUNCAN plays the above-mentioned car salesman with a great big grin on his face.
Something Weird loves Nudie-Cuties and we’re not only happy to finally release Like Wow! but we’ve digitally remastered it from the original 35mm negative in all its bright, vivid, nudie-cutie colors. “Like wow” is right. -- Francois Pinky
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Starring: Stanton Pritchard
Co-starring: Harvey Williams
Other cast: Danise Daniell, Cindy Tyler
Directed by: Ronnie Ashcroft