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July 2, 1969

The Gay Deceivers is a 1969 American gay-themed comedy film directed by Bruce Kessler and written by Jerome Wish from a story by Gil Lasky and Abe Polsky. The film, which has a twist ending, derives much of its humor through the use of stereotypes.

According to gay film historian Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet, co-star Michael Greer, who played the flamboyantly gay Malcolm and who was himself gay, tried to work with the screenwriter and director to minimize the negativity of the characterization and present Malcolm in a positive light.


The Gay Deceivers follows Danny and Elliot, two friends who try to get out of the draft by pretending to be gay. They're placed under surveillance by the Army and have to keep up the pretense. They move into a gay apartment building and try to blend in with the residents, all the while trying to maintain their romantic relationships with women and not get caught by the Army.

The twist is that even after the pair are caught, they are not inducted into the military. The Army investigators assigned to watch them are themselves gay and are trying to keep straight people out of the Army.

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